Take a ride on a vintage carousel and other historic carnival attractions at Fête Paradiso, the world’s first traveling festival of vintage carnival rides, games and carousels. The rare, museum-quality collection of flying swings and other treats from the late 19th and early 20th century make their American debut every weekend through Sept. 29th on Governors Island. There’s also a 1930 children’s carousel which has been repurposed into a music kiosk, where performers will entertain visitors with period music and side show performances that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped inside a Fellini movie.
Fête Paradiso is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Rides and games cost only $3 each. There are free to Governors Island from Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Of course, there also are vintage carousels in Central Park and Bryant Park in Manhattan, and Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn. But those aren’t free.