About Glen Echo Park



Glen Echo Park is a magical place situated on the

Potomac palisades near Bethesda, Maryland. Originally a Chautauqua retreat, then an amusement park, this National Park now presents vibrant arts and cultural programs.


Take a class in pottery, painting, photography, or art glass... music, silversmithing, or textiles. Enjoy a puppet show or theater performance with your kids and ride the historic Dentzel carousel. Attend a dance featuring live music in our exquisite Spanish Ballroom or refine your steps in one of our dance classes. Learn more about the environment while you play, or take a ranger-guided historic tour. It's all here at Glen Echo Park.


We hope to see you soon!


(Pictured left: Senator Mikulski and former County Executive Doug Duncan dancing at the Park's historic Spanish Ballroom grand opening in 2003.)




More About Glen Echo Park 


From 2003 to 2009, renovations of the Park's facilities took place under the direction of the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in cooperation with Montgomery County and the National Park Service. These renovations were funded with major federal, state, and county resources as well as private donations. Renovations included: the Spanish Ballroom (2003), the Dentzel Carousel (2003), the Puppet Co. Playhouse (2003), the Arcade building (2004), the Yellow Barn (2007),  Adventure Theatre (2007), the Candy Corner (2007), the Chautauqua Tower (2008), the Ballroom Annex (2009), and the Caretaker's Cottage (2009).


Today, Glen Echo Park is host to many resident artists and arts organizations, a thriving social dance program, a restored 1921 Dentzel Carousel, an environmental education program for children, and hundreds of classes in visual and performing arts, including ceramics, painting, photography, glass, music, ballet, and much more.


Visit our Residents page for more information on our resident arts organizations and artists.


On our Visit page, you'll find an office, studio, and classroom reference guide.