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August 20, 2015

Visitors making the trek down to The Battery in New York City now have a new must-see attraction to add to their lists: an exotic fish-themed carousel ride that could double as a work of art. The Seaglass Carousel has been 10 years in the making, but the finish product has finally be unveiled. Starting today, the public can now take in (and ride, of course) the gorgeous fishes that make up the 30-seat carousel. Each car comes fully equipped with an audio system and color-changing LED lights. 

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The $16 million project—designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design—gives riders a dose of sealife and surely providing a highly Instagrammable moment. But it's not just a themed attraction. The inspiration for the Carousel began back in 1941 when the park's New York Aquarium (one of the nation's first pulic aquariums) closed. In an effort to keep the aquarium's history alive and well. George Tsypin Opera Factory created a soundtrack for the underwater adventure. Unlike a traditional carousel design, Seaglass skips the center pole for a number of turntables hiding underneath the floor that rotate riders in various directions. Ride tickets are currently going for $5 on-site for rides between 10am until 10pm. For more information, head on over to the Seaglass Carousel website.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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