There was a time not so long ago that carousels (or merry-go-rounds) were a common feature of the American urban landscape. Today there are not that many left, one of which is in New Orleans' City Park. Since 1906 little kids and kids at heart have enjoyed the "flying horses" of City Park's antique carousel, one of only about 100 antique wooden carousels in the country and the last one in Louisiana. The carousel, featuring the masterwork of famed carousel carvers Looff and Carmel, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was damaged during the flooding from Hurricane Katrina but was painstakingly restored. Its restoration and reopening generated national attention and praise from the National Historic Preservation Society.
The ornately carved horses and other figures on the carousel have brought delight to generations of New Orleanians, and now visitors to the city and their kids can enjoy them also.
Elsewhere in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park are other rides to keep your kids twisting, turning, whirling and twirling, including the Rockin' Tug, Bumper Cars, Red Baron Mini-plane, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, 40-foot fun slide, Umbrella Cars, Ferris Wheel, Construction Zone and Live Oak Lady Bug roller coaster. A miniature train tours the park along narrow-gauge tracks, featuring open-air passenger cars and an engine with an authentic, old-time steam whistle.