Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What I Saw: Fête Paradiso

Jon's parents were in town this past week and it was wonderful to share some of our favorite parts of the city with them. Earlier during their visit we made sure to take them to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and to Highline Park. Saturday afternoon we planned a trip to Governors Island to attend Fête Paradiso. Fête Paradiso is the world's first traveling festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels, all dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. These rides have been painstakingly restored to working order and will be on Governors Island through the month of September.

The weather was cool and clear and the free ferry from lower Manhattan took only a few minutes to get us to our destination. Once we stepped onto Governors Island and into the carnival we were transported back in time.
It's free to attend the carnival but it costs only a few dollars to get on the rides. A free ferry can be caught either in Manhattan at the Battery Maritime Building or at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. You can also pay $4 to take the East River Ferry which is a trip I wholeheartedly recommend.

I waited all summer to get to Fête Paradiso and I wish I had come sooner. I'm thankful that we had the chance to attend before summer is officially over.

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