The Greenway Carousel
Next time you visit Boston, don’t miss taking a ride on The Greenway Carousel! The carousel is located near the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, across from Faneuil Hall and Christopher Columbus Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. The mile and a half of green-spaces and parks that make up the Rose Kennedy Greenway were created after the completion of the Big Dig. The carousel opened for public enjoyment in late-August of 2013. This work of public art features 14 different characters native to Massachusetts including a cod, a peregrine falcon, a grasshopper, a harbor seal, a fox, a skunk, a whale, butterflies, a barn owl, and our favorite, of course, a sea turtle!
The characters were inspired by drawings done by Boston school children. The artist who brought the design to life is sculptor Jeff Briggs. Much of his work focuses on creating life-like representations of animals, and his skill in doing so really shows in the Greenway Carousel. The colors, textures and workmanship are delightful to behold, and succeed in their goal of making people more aware of their environment.
The carousel design is iconic, providing something truly unique to the heart of Boston. A ride on the carousel is very reasonably priced at $3, or you can buy a book of 10 tickets for $25. The carousel is open daily from Sunday through Thursday from 11am-7pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-9pm. There is also family-friendly entertainment like magic and clown shows on weekends at 2 and 4 pm.