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 by reservation. 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.




NOTE: In addition to the times listed below, you may make a reservation for any of the programs for weekdays or at other times on the weekend (if staffing permits). NPS requires at least three days advance notice. To make arrangements, call the National Park Service at 301-320-1400.


Carousel Tour

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.


NOTE: The carousel has closed for the season and is undergoing several weeks of restoration work. Carousel tours are suspended through November 2, 2014.


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





"Glen Echo on the Potomac: A Film Documentary"
Shown on rotation on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Also 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 on rotation during the Civil Rights Commemoration Day weekend (last weekend in June). Also 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.