Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly, which taught the sciences, arts, languages, and literature. By the early 1900's Glen Echo Park had become the premier amusement park serving the Washington area until 1968.  In 1971, after the federal government obtained the land, the National Park Service began managing the park.

The National Park Service collaborated with artists and arts organizations to create a rich arts program in the spirit of the original Chautauqua movement. Today the park is managed by the nonprofit Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Hours

6:00am to 1:00am (the next day)

The National Park Service offices are closed on the following holidays: Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, and President's Day.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Admission and ranger led tours and activities are free

Carousel rides are $1.25

Many other activities and classes have their own fees associated. 

History

Glen Echo Park began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly, which taught the sciences, arts, languages, and literature. By the early 1900s Glen Echo Park had become the premier amusement park serving the Washington area until 1968. In 1971, after the federal government obtained the land, the National Park Service began managing the park.

The National Park Service collaborated with artists and arts organizations to create a rich arts program in the spirit of the original Chautauqua movement. Today the park is managed by the nonprofit Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Activities

  • Dentzel Carousel
  • Social Dances
  • Art Classes
  • Childrens Theatre Shows
  • Ranger let activities and programs
  • Picnicking
  • Many other classes, activities and special events

Facilities

  • Candy Corner Inforamtion Center
  • Ranger Station
  • Dentzel Carousel
  • Spanish Ballroom
  • Galleries and Art Studios
  • Play area
  • Aquarium

Events

  • There are no events scheduled.

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