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 entire carousel was fully restored. The carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is much more history to learn! See links below. 

    We look forward to welcoming riders back when the carousel opens for the 2024 season with CAROUSEL DAY on April 27, 2024.


    April 27 - August 25 || Wed - Fri, 10am – 2pm; Sat & Sun, 11am – 5pm

    Aug 31 - Sept 29 || Sat & Sun, 11am – 5pm

    Special Hours:

    April 27 (Strauss Ball in the historic Spanish Ballroom)  ||  8:30pm – 10:30pm 

    May 27 (Memorial Day) & September 2 (Labor Day)  ||  11am – 5pm


    $2.00 per ride |  $5.00 for an all-day pass

    During carousel season. tickets are available for purchase in person at the carousel's ticket booth during regular operating hours and online.  Every person must have their own ticket, including babies and accompanying adults. Children under six must be accompanied by a paying adult to ride.

    In addition to carousel rides, we hope you will come to the Park to enjoy our concerts, dances, exhibitions, classes & camps, and more!  Visit our events calendar >>

  • old black and white photo of the carousel with people outside

    Carousel History

  • 100 year old Dentzel Carousel in color with a menagerie of colorful animals

    100th Anniversary

  • NPS Ranger with carousel giving virtual tour

    Carousel Virtual Tour