Dentzel Carousel



The carousel's 94th season in Glen Echo Park

will close on Sunday, September 28, 2014.


For carousel tours, see below for details.





One of the greater Washington area’s true treasures.


Glen Echo Park’s historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel is now in it's 94th season in the Park.  The carousel opened for the 2014 season on Saturday, May 3 with our Family Day celebration and will close on September 28 with our Then & Wow! festival.


The cost is $1.25 per ride; all riders must purchase a ticket. Payment by cash is preferred, but please note that there is no ATM onsite at the Park. Payment by credit card is now also accepted in the Carousel ticket booth. There is a $5.00 minimum charge for credit card sales. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.


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 carousel was fully restored – including each animal.


Please join us for a ride on this local treasure!






May - August:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 6 pm



Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 6 pm




Additional hours:

Memorial Day and Labor Day, 12 - 6 pm.

Glen Echo Fire Department Bingo Night, September 5, 7 – 9 pm.

Then & Wow!, September 28, opens at 11 am.

Summer Concerts every Thursday, June 19 through August 28, 7 - 9 pm.



Carousel Tours


The National Park Service conducts carousel tours throughout the year:


Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am (May 1-Sept. 30)
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm (Oct. 1 - Apr. 30)


For more information, please go to NPS Films & Tours



Carousel Conservation


In 2003, the 20-year restoration project to restore the Carousel was completed. The restoration exposed designs long-hidden under layers of paint, and all of the animals were repainted to match their original colors. 


Carousel conservators help us preserve this local treasure by performing condition assessments and routine maintenance every two years.  This year's conservation efforts, which took place October 7-14, were supported by the Heritage Montgomery Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Montgomery County use its heritage to develop tourism while protecting and promoting its cultural, historical, and natural resources.


This project has been financed in part with funds from Heritage Montgomery and Montgomery County Government and with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.  However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.



Glen Echo Park Carousel Book


Learn about the restoration of the beautiful and historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park. Restoring the Glen Echo Park Carousel includes wonderful color photographs and a detailed history of the Park's centerpiece. Written by Deborah Lange, the book may be purchased at the Park's Popcorn Gallery, in the Glen Echo Park Partnership office, and online.