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Glen Echo Park Glen Echo

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Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo
MD
20812
Tel: 301.634.2222

Where are we going today?

Glen Echo Park is a historically important place for the family to visit in Maryland! Way back in 1911 it was transformed into a premier amusement park in DC, until it actually closed down in 1968.

Luckily for families like you, the National Park Service took it over in 1971, and made it what it is today, which is a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family to enjoy!

With year round cultural and recreational activities, it's great for anyone - of any age! Glen Echo Park is particularly great for kids, where they can spend their days making crafts, or even making a movie! There are puppet shows to enjoy, or they can get out and enjoy nature. It is a park after all!

Did you ever think you would find a park with a play group that they can join, or a park where they can become a writer? You never know - you might have a Hemmingway or a Tolstoy in the family! Do the kids dream or becoming a dancer, or a musician? At Glen Echo Park they can get one step closer to their dreams! 

Those active kids can spend some time using up all of their energy in the local playground, or even ride that famous carousel which will take them back in time to how families used to spend their summer days together! 

The park is also great for some planned Ranger-led programs and activities, including a Carousel Tour, a Park History Tour, and even educate kids on the Civil Rights Story from way back in the 1960s. 

A fun family day out in a place where families have been enjoying each other’s company for over 100 years, and one that families of Maryland today should experience too! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree entry but rides and classes individually charged
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Grounds open daily from 6am - 1am (the next day)

All year round

Teachers corner

The park are happy to help you with field trips with a special ranger-led educational program! The programs are free but you do have to reserve your places. .

I'm Hungry!

There are lots of snacks to enjoy at the park, so get those pennies and enjoy those treats! .

Healthy Eating!

Always bring a bottle of water and some healthy snacks - it's great for kids to keep their energy up! .

Any Top Tips?

All the tours and attractions have different times and costs, so just check before you go what you are hoping to see, then you can plan accordingly! .

Need a little extra help?

The park is accessible but check with information some of the rides and attractions if you have a disability. .

Can I get one of those?

There are lots of fun and memories to take home from the park! .

More information

The junior ranger program is great for kids aged 3 to 12 where they can complete activities and even get their own ranger badge! .

What people are saying?

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    The ultimate throwback: a 1920's amusement park rehabbed into an arts and culture park; the kiddie rides are now adult playhouses. The bumper car pavilion and the Spanish Ballroom host multiple types of dance per week. Keep in mind the Bumper Car Pavilion floor is rough timbers that will tear up dance shoes, wear cowboy boots if ya got 'em. And the lovely, hug Spanish Ballroom with the most beautiful wood floor was a political victim during rehab - it has no heat or AC except in the bathrooms and the smaller "back room" used by blues dance addicts...Read More

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    Amazing place! Bring the family, and don't miss the pottery classes

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    Spent plenty of time there as a kid when it was an amusement park.
    Then, it was a wonderful place.
    Now, ho hum.

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    We have been dancing here at night but this was our first trip during a holiday weekend. It was wonderful and it is so nice to have a park with artists and crafts people so close to the city, and if you are with kids and heading into the district, a stop here will give them a chance to really stretch and run, not to mention ride the antique carousel. If you are in the area and have never been to the park then you owe yourselves a visit, when my sister's kids come to town one of the first things they ask is if we can take a carousel ride. This...Read More

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    There is dancing of some kind almost every evening in 3 separate dance spaces, with classes on weekdays and large public dances Fri-Sun. The Fri 8:30 pm contradance is an especially easy way to start, with live music, a caller, and hundreds of friendly dancers (beginner lesson @ 7:30). Also, lots of arts & crafts people have studios and galleries there. And it's a good place for kids parties and picnics. On summer weekends, ride the beautiful old carousel.

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by Marty Katz

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The ultimate throwback: a 1920's amusement park rehabbed into an arts and culture park; the kiddie rides are now adult playhouses. The bumper car pavilion and the Spanish Ballroom host multiple types of dance per week. Keep in mind the Bumper Car Pavilion floor is rough timbers that will tear up dance shoes, wear cowboy boots if ya got 'em. And the lovely, hug Spanish Ballroom with the most beautiful wood floor was a political victim during rehab - it has no heat or AC except in the bathrooms and the smaller "back room" used by blues dance addicts Thursday nights. So the big Saturday night swing dances with live music can get uncomfortable summer and winter.

by A Google User

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We have been dancing here at night but this was our first trip during a holiday weekend. It was wonderful and it is so nice to have a park with artists and crafts people so close to the city, and if you are with kids and heading into the district, a stop here will give them a chance to really stretch and run, not to mention ride the antique carousel. If you are in the area and have never been to the park then you owe yourselves a visit, when my sister's kids come to town one of the first things they ask is if we can take a carousel ride. This park is perfect for families and there is tons of free parking at the bottom of the hill.

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