The oldest operating platform carousel in the country, the Flying Horses has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. But for generations of islanders, the carousel is just simply a lot of fun. Kids and their parents reach to grab the rings, hoping for a brass one, which gives the bearer a free ride. The horses are majestic steeds, intricately carved, with real horsehair and glass eyes. Charles Dare, a renowned maker of carousel, constructed this one in 1876 for Coney Island.