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  • Father and toddler daughter on Glen Echo Park carousel


    Please join us for a ride on 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. 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 carousel is open May through September.

    The carousel season has concluded but we look forward to welcoming riders back in the spring of 2022!

    100th Anniversary Celebration

    We presented lots of virtual activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our beloved Carousel. Click below to go back and watch the recorded virtual content!!


    Carousel 100th Anniversary Celebration! 


    We still have plenty of carousel merchandise available for sale! Click below to browse through.


    Carousel Merchandise


    Heritage Award Winner

    On January 13, Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of Maryland State Arts Council, announced the winners of its 2021 Heritage Awards, which recognize long-term achievement in the traditional arts. Three Heritage Awards are given annually: one each in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition

    We were thrilled to be recognized with the award in the "Place" category for our historic Dentzel Carousel.


    Read the Press Release


    Did you know that Glen Echo Park's carousel was central to the civil rights story of the Washington, DC area?


    Learn the Civil Rights Story!


    View & Download the Carousel Fact Sheet >>

    Download carousel coloring pages! >>


    Learn More About the History of the Carousel.

    Watch the video!


    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. 

    Read the Media Advisory >>


    Watch the video!


    Thank you to the generous funders of the Carousel Building 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.

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