Dentzel Carousel

 

Due to Covid-19, the carousel will not open for the 2020 season. We look forward to celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021. Many of our on-site events are cancelled until further notice. Our summer concerts series is virtual this year, presented through Facebook. Live children's theater at the Park is also on hold until further notice, but we're continuing to bring you at-home activities for kids -- including streaming events from Adventure Theatre MTC and the Puppet Co. -- and more. 

 

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One of the greater Washington area’s true treasures!

Installed at Glen Echo Park in 1921, the canopy and the carved figures were made by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. A menagerie carousel — meaning it has a variety of animals, not just horses — 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.

 

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.

 

NEW!  The Carousel Building Restoration Project was completed in May 2020. Watch a short video (below) featuring photos and video from the project.

 

The 2019 season was shortened due to major repairs/restoration to the carousel building. The carousel was closed beginning July 1, 2019 and for the remainder of the summer season. 

 

Carousel in the News:

Bethesda Beat: Work on carousel building nearing the end in Glen Echo: Reopening expected in spring

WTOP: Historic carousel in Glen Echo Park set to reopen this spring after repairs

 

Carousel Day

 

Each year, Glen Echo Park’s historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel opens for the summer season at the end of April (or beginning of May) with a special family festival called Carousel Day. for The festrival attracts approximately 3,500-4,000 visitors whocome to the Park to take a ride on the carousel and enjoy performances, face painting, hands-on art projects, and more! The festival is free. Carousel tickets are $2.00 per person. (See below for Carousel Day date and hours.)

 

 

Dentzel Carousel Hours of Operation 2020

 

Saturday, May 2, 2020 -- Carousel Day! (CANCELLED)

11am - 4pm

Carousel Hours: 11am - 5pm 

 

May - August:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 5 pm

 

September:

Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 5pm

 

*Additional hours:

•  Gala in the Park, Saturday, May 16, 6pm - 7pm & 8:45-11pm

•  Memorial Day, 11am - 5pm

•  Summer Concerts, Thursdays, June - August

 

 

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 centerpieceWritten 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.

 

Learn about the Carousel Building Restoration Project.

Watch our new video!  

 

 

Thank you to the generous funders of the Carousel Buidling Restoration Project!

 

          

 

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This video was financed in part with funds from Heritage Montgomery and Montgomery County Government.

 

     

 

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This video was 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.

 

 

 

Learn about the historic Dentzel Carousel's history.

Watch the video!  

 

 

 

This video was financed in part with funds from Heritage Montgomery and Montgomery County Government.

 

     

 

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This video was 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.