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If you’ve ever had the urge to ride a giant firefly, this unique attraction has you covered.
A wholly different kind of entomological exhibit: the kind that doubles as an amusement ride!
Instead of horses and other mammalian and mythological beasts, this Bug Carousel features 64 different types of insects that you can mount — including fireflies, beetles, grasshoppers, and ladybugs.
There are also two stationary chariots for those who prefer to be firmly fixed to the ground: a monarch butterfly and a dung beetle.
Each figure is hand-carved from basswood and painted to look just like its real-life critter counterpart.
Billing itself as the first and only carousel with a lineup entirely of insects, the Bug Carousel has been a staple of children’s visits to this attraction since its opening in 2005.
The ride’s meant to be both fun and educational, and you can admire painted murals running along the circumference of the center pole, capturing caterpillars’ transformation into butterflies.
To complete the experience, the carousel’s music was even composed with real insect sounds from the Wildlife Conservation Society.
So where on Earth is it?
Right next to the Butterfly Exhibit in the Bronx Zoo
This HUGE metropolitan zoo is situated on 265 acres and harbors 4,000 animals in replicas of their native habitats, in Bronx, NY.
Name: Bronx Zoo
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Phone: (718) 367-1010
Hours (as of 3/06/17): 10AM – 4:30PM
Located in: Bronx, NY – central to many frum communities
Distance from Passaic / Clifton / Fairlawn / North Bergen: Approx 35-40 Min
Distance from Teaneck / Monsey: Approx 25 / 40 min
Distance from Elizabeth / West Orange: Approx 55 min
Distance from Highland Park / Edison: Approx 75 min
Distance from Brooklyn / Queens: 30-40 min (more with traffic)
Distance from Lakewood: Approx 110 Minutes
Tried & Tested: yes, but quite some time back. We’re due for another trip report on this one
Worth traveling an hour for? This is a world-class zoo, which really deserves a full day excursion. We’d say its a destination worthy of the travel
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