NPS Films & Tours
All National Park Service films and tours are free and open to the public. Films are shown in the Visitor’s Center in the North Arcade Building on Saturdays and Sundays or upon request. Park tours are also offered on Saturdays and Sundays and meet in the Visitor’s Center. To learn about ranger-led programs and other National Park Service activities, please visit our National Park Service page.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am (May 1-Sept. 30)
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm (Oct. 1 - Apr. 30)
Take a closer look at the beautiful Dentzel carousel, which was installed fresh from the factory in 1921. Find out how it was made, how it works, and learn about the rest of the amusement park attractions that were built around it. Hear about the civil rights protests in June 1960. Follow the inspiring story of the community's efforts after the amusement park closed to raise money to save the carousel for future generations. And see how the National Park Service, with donated funds, has restored the carousel to its original glory. The carousel tour includes an easy walk on level terrain and lasts about 30 minutes. Meet at the carousel.
Park History Tours
Join a park ranger to learn more about how the history of Glen Echo Park has mirrored many of the changes in American society for nearly 120 years. Learn about the popular arts and dance program flourishing in the park today. Along the way, the ranger will lead you briefly through the Spanish Ballroom, the Dentzel carousel, the remains of the Crystal Pool and two of the Park's art studios (if available). This tour includes an easy stroll on a slight incline and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Meet at the Candy Corner.
"Carousel of Memories"
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am and by appointment.
Don't miss an opportunity to see 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.
"Glen Echo on the Potomac: A Film Documentary"
Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 pm and by appointment.
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.