Dentzel Carousel


The 2019 season will be shortened this year due to carousel building repairs.  The carousel is scheduled to be closed beginning July 1 and for the remainder of the summer season. (Repairs are estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.) See below for dates and hours of operation. The carousel will open again in Spring 2020.

One of the greater Washington area’s true treasures!


Glen Echo Park’s historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel opened for the 2019 season with our Carousel Day celebration on April 27.


The cost is $2.00 per ride; all riders must purchase a ticket. Payment by cash is preferred, but please note that there is no ATM onsite at the Park. Payment by credit card is now also accepted in the Carousel ticket booth. There is a $5.00 minimum charge for credit card sales. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.


Installed at Glen Echo Park in 1921, the canopy and the carved figures were made by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. It is a classic example of hand woodcarving popular during the early 1900s. From 1983 through 2003, the carousel was fully restored – including each animal. The carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Please join us for a ride on this local treasure!





April 27 (Carousel Day!) & April 28

Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 5 pm


May - June*:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 5 pm


July - September:

Normally, the carousel operates each year from May through September. However, in 2019, the carousel will be closed for construction from July through September. It will reopen in Spring 2020.


*Additional hours:

•  Gala in the Park, Saturday, May 18, 6pm - 7pm & 8:45-11pm

•  Memorial Day, 11am - 5pm

•  Summer Concerts, Thursdays, June 13, 20 & 27 (Summer Concert Series runs through August, but the carousel will be closed for construction during July and August.)




Learn about the historic Dentzel Carousel's history.

Watch our new video now!  






Glen Echo Park Carousel Book


Learn about the restoration of the beautiful and historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park. Restoring the Glen Echo Park Carousel includes wonderful color photographs and a detailed history of the Park's centerpiece. Written by Deborah Lange, the book may be purchased at the Park's Popcorn Gallery, in the Glen Echo Park Partnership office, and online.



Carousel Conservation


In 2003, the 20-year restoration project to restore the Carousel was completed. The restoration exposed designs long-hidden under layers of paint, and all of the animals were repainted to match their original colors. 


Carousel conservators help us preserve this local treasure by performing condition assessments and routine maintenance every two years. Last year's conservation efforts, which took place October 7-14, were supported by the Heritage Montgomery Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Montgomery County use its heritage to develop tourism while protecting and promoting its cultural, historical, and natural resources.


This project has been financed in part with funds from Heritage Montgomery and Montgomery County Government.


This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.


The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and also by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. In addition, individual, foundation, and corporate donors generously support the Partnership. All programs are produced in cooperation with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.