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 by request. Tours are also offered on Saturdays and Sundays or by reservations. See details below. To learn about ranger-led programs and other National Park Service activities, please visit our National Park Service page.

 

Tours

 

Carousel Tour

By reservation only. Call 301-320-1400. At least 3 days advanced notice is required.

May through September: Saturdays & Sundays at 10:30 am

October through April: Saturdays & Sundays at 3:30 pm

Where are the carousel's "windows to the past"? How many carousels are protected by the National Park Service? Do you know the difference between a merry-go-round and a carousel? Find out the answers to these questions and much more!  Meet at the carousel.

 

Park History Tour

By reservation only. Call 301-320-1400. At least three days advanced notice is required.

How many people could swim in the Crystal Pool at one time? How did Glen Echo become part of the National Park Service? Explore Glen Echo Park's history on this tour and find out the answers to these questions and more

 

 

Films

 

"Glen Echo on the Potomac: A Film Documentary"
Shown by request. Please call 301-320-1400.

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.


"Carousel of Memories"

Shown by request. Please call 301-320-1400.

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.


Civil Rights Video

Shown by request. Please call 301-320-1400.

This 5-minute video features a short news story about Gwendolyn (Greene) Britt, a participant in the Civil Rights protests of 1960 at Glen Echo Amusement Park who went on to become a Maryland State Senator, as well as original audio and video from the protests.