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Fête Paradiso a Governors Island

Carnival rides used to be an art form all their own- each intricately carved and painted into fantastical functional sculptures. Fête Paradiso is a celebration of carnival rides from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and has made its debut on Governors Island. And the best part is, they aren’t just for show, visitors can actually party like it is 1899, and take a spin on any of the exquisite vintage rides. Formerly shown in Paris, the rides were painstakingly reassembled by a family of French artisans, who were flown in to bring the interactive exhibition to New York. How cool is that?

Aside from rides, you can have a drink in a beer garden made from a bumper car pavilion and eat French carnival treats from Le Gamin. Admission is free, as well as the ferry to Governors Island (I love it there), but rides will cost you per ticket, like any other carnival would.

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