Obscura Society DC: Round & Round - The Rebirth of Glen Echo's Dentzel Carousel - Atlas Obscura

Glen Echo, MD

Obscura Society DC: Round & Round - The Rebirth of Glen Echo's Dentzel Carousel

Come for a spin as we learn about the Dentzel Carousel of Glen Echo Park

Opened in 1891 as the National Chautauqua Assembly, Glen 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).

Join Obscura Society DC and field agent Julie Seigel as we tour the grounds of Glen Echo Park. National Park Service Ranger Janet Greene will illuminate the remnants of the amusement park and share how the carousel itself served as a site of protest during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Historian and co-founder of the National Carousel Association Barbara Fahs Charles will discuss the creation and twenty-year long restoration of the Dentzel Carousel. Afterward, guests will be treated to a group ride and a small picnic!

Notes for this adventure:

-The ticket price includes carousel admission, a small picnic and a donation to the National Park Service.

-The park is accessible via bus and car. 

-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. 

All ticket sales are final. Please direct any questions to Julie at julie.seigel@atlasobscura.com.