This whimsical glowing carousel in New York City is full of colorful spinning sea life that you can take a ride on.
The SeaGlass Carousel in the Battery Park is housed inside an illuminated glass pavilion that is meant to look like a conch shell.
The way the fish and lighting interact at night give the rider the sensation of floating under the ocean.
Tucker Murphy, Beach Erectors Inc.
From the outside looking in, the carousel looks like a colorful fish tank with sea life swimming around.
On the inside, you'll find 30 fiberglass fish swirling about like marine life in the ocean.
Each of the carousel's fish is modeled after an actual species — from angelfish to clearfin lionfish, and you can pick your favorite to take a ride on.
"The SeaGlass Carousel is truly one of our most beautiful projects and it’s unique because the pavilion is full of fish rather than typical carousel horses," Bob Murphy of Beach Erectors Inc. — the company that installed the fish, turntables and motors — shared with Narcity.
To add to the experience, the installation has ever-changing LED lights and "water effect" projectors that make the pavilion glow like the bioluminescence found deep in the ocean.
Speakers also play aquatic sounds so you'll feel like you're fully immersed underwater.
The SeaGlass Carousel is currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19, but it remains a glowing beacon of sea life at the southern tip of Manhattan in the meantime.
Address: Battery Park Conservancy — Water Street & State Street, New York, NY
Why You Need To Go: For a carousel ride unlike any other that will make you feel like a mermaid swimming through the sea.