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Eldridge Park Carousel

If you have never been to the quaint town of East Elmira, New York, you're missing out! This restored 1890s carousel has horses, lions, chariots, and a working ring feeder. It will thrill your senses and keep you smiling the whole day. What's more, the rides are affordable. Whether you're looking for a family day out or a fun day out, you'll love the Eldridge Park Carousel! You can visit this park at 96 Eldridge Park Dr, Elmira, NY 14901.

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When Bob Long first saw the carousel in Elmira in 1924, he was stunned. He was amazed to discover that the building still stood and that the original mechanism was still intact inside. Sadly, the animal cars had been sold at auction in 1989, but the carousel's turntable was preserved. Bob Lyon decided to rebuild the carousel in memory of his family and the town.

Visiting Elmira during the summer can be a great way to get outside and enjoy the weather. This quaint town is also home to a performing arts center, the Clemens Center. Located along Clemens Center Parkway, it has two theaters. One is a modern black box theater while the other is a restored 1926-era theater. If you're looking to catch a show, call ahead or visit the Clemens Center box office. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office, Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 5pm. The Clemens Center also hosts many musical performances and dance troupes.

The Eldridge Park Carousel has been around for more than a century. The restored 1890s carousel features 24 standing horses and lions, two gilded chariots, and a working ring feeder. The reconstructed carousel is one of only 18 remaining carousels in the United States with brass ring feeders.

If you are looking for something to do while visiting Elmira, don't miss the Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum on Coleman Avenue. You can also check out the National Soaring Museum. Both are free and open daily. During the summer, you can hike or bike the trails of Personius Woods, located off West Hill Road. Once you're done with your day at the park, you can visit the nearby museums and historical sites.

From Route 17/I86, take exit 54 for NY-13 N towards Ithaca. Follow Route 13 north for 1.1 miles. Follow the road for 0.2 miles and you'll see the park. After this, continue north on Route 13 for 1.8 miles. At this point, you'll see the Kehoe Nature Preserve, formerly known as Stanley Woods.

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After a successful fundraising campaign and extensive planning, the owners of the park have brought the carousel back to life. They've rebuilt several times and restored parts of the park in the last few years. In the early 2000s, the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society helped restore the historic 1890s Looff carousel. The park has also added a Kiddy Turtle, Pony Carts, and Flyers.

 

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