The Bear Mountain Inn Resort is located in New York in Bear Mountain State Park. Nestled along the Hudson River, Bear Mountain was so-named because the profile of the mountain resembles a bear lying down. The fully accessible carousel, which features thirty-six (36) figures and two (2) stationary animal chariots, one (1) of which is ADA/Wheelchair Accessible.
The carousel was designed to highlight the area and all the figures are creatures that are located in the Hudson River Valley area. There’s a brown rabbit with its ears perked up high; a sly red fox; a cat with tiny mice scrambling onto its saddle; and a sleek river otter. That’s not to mention a turkey, a goose, a bobcat and perhaps the most unexpected animal, a skunk.
The carousel façade depicts the historical and natural scenes that decorate the ride and evoke the history of the Palisades Park system. Panels range from scenes of the nearby Perkins Tower to the Palisades cliffs along the Hudson River. There are 1917 steamboats, the Stony Point lighthouse and the Walt Whitman statue, a noted Bear Mountain landmark. A scene of the Bear Mountain Inn, circa 1929, is a perfect example of the kind of details that make the carousel such a wonder.