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Glen Echo, Maryland

Round & Round: The Rebirth of the Dentzel Carousel

A behind-the-scenes tour of Dentzel Carousel and Glen Echo Park's grounds with the National Carousel Association and a National Park Service Ranger.

The National Carousel Association says the Dentzel Carousel is one of the best-restored carousels in the country

Opened in 1891 as the National Chautauqua AssemblyGlen Echo Park evolved from an educational retreat to an amusement park—complete with bumper cars, a shooting gallery, and a Spanish ballroom—until its closing in 1968. The last of the operational rides is the Dentzel Carousel. Built in 1921 by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania, this Philadelphia-style deluxe menagerie carousel features horses, rabbits, ostriches, chariots, and even a brass ring (if a rider managed to grab the ring they won a free ride). 

We will be joined by a National Park Service Ranger who will illuminate the remnants of the amusement park and share how the park and carousel served as a Civil Rights protest site in 1960. Then, historian and co-founder of the National Carousel Association Barbara Fahs Charles will discuss the creation and 20-year-long restoration of the Dentzel Carousel.  

Afterward, guests will be treated to a group ride and a small picnic!

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • The ticket price includes carousel admission, a small picnic and a donation to the National Park Service.
  • The park is accessible via car and bus
  • Check-in will commence outside the Cuddle Up Pavilion.
  • The majority of the tour will take place outside; please dress accordingly.
  • This is a family-friendly adventure! All kids 9 and under are free when accompanied by an adult!
  • If you are bringing a small child, please email us prior so we can have an accurate count.

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Contact Julie Seigel at julie.seigel@atlasobscura.com.

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