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The safety and health of our staff, artists, and the public is our highest priority. Please read our COVID-19 updates to learn about vaccination requirements and/or other precautions being taken in our many different programs.



COVID-19 Updates


    National Park Service tours are offered only by reservation. See details below. To learn about ranger-led programs and other National Park Service activities, please visit the NPS website.



    Carousel Tour
    By reservation only. Call 301-320-1400. At least 3 days advanced notice is required.  

    Where are the carousel's "windows to the past?"  How many carousels are protected by the National Park Service?  Do you know the difference between a merry-go-round and a carousel?  Find out the answers to these questions and much more!  Meet at the carousel.


    Park History Tour
    By reservation only. Call 301-320-1400. At least three days advanced notice is required.

    How many people could swim in the Crystal Pool at one time?  How did Glen Echo become part of the National Park Service?  Explore Glen Echo Park's history on this tour and find out the answers to these questions and more.



    "Carousel 100th Anniversary: Glen Echo Park Dentzel Carousel Tour"

    Check out this 22-minute presentation by NPS Ranger Kevin Patti to learn about the history of the Glen Echo Park Dentzel Carousel. Installed in the Park in 1921, the carousel is on the National Register of Historic Places. Thank you to Montgomery History for their collaboration on this project.


    "Glen Echo on the Potomac: A Film Documentary"
    Shown by request. Please call 301-320-1400.

    This 60-minute film documentary, created by Kevin Wyrauch, follows the history of the park from its opening as a National Chautauqua Assembly in 1891 through its years as the premier amusement park in the Nation's Capital. The film contains fun footage of the old rides and games, memories of the park, plus rare interviews with some of the civil rights protestors who were instrumental in winning the eventual integration of the Park in 1961.

    "Carousel of Memories"
    Shown by request. Please call 301-320-1400.

    A wonderful film created by local videographer Cintia Cabib about Glen Echo Park's 1921 Dentzel carousel, this 27-minute movie shines a spotlight on six people who have been pivotal in the history of the carousel.

    Civil Rights Video
    Shown by request. Please call 301-320-1400.

    This 5-minute video features a short news story about Gwendolyn (Greene) Britt, a participant in the Civil Rights protests of 1960 at Glen Echo Amusement Park who went on to become a Maryland State Senator, as well as original audio and video from the protests.