Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo

4.3
#8 of 10 in Parks in Montgomery County
Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland is an arts and cultural center. It is managed by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in cooperation with Montgomery County, Maryland, and the National Park Service. The site was first developed in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly and then operated as an amusement park until 1968. Today, the park is one of the finest cultural resources in the Washington, D.C. area. It offers hundreds of classes and workshops in the visual and performing arts and is home to thirteen resident artists and arts organizations. The park is well known for its antique Dentzel carousel, its Spanish Ballroom, its many public festivals, including Family Day and the Washington Folk Festival, its children's theaters, and its social dance program. The National Park Service offers park history tours and other programs and maintains a visitors area.A Premier Arts and Cultural Center in Montgomery CountyManagement by Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and CultureThe Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. manages Glen Echo Park, one of the most lively visual and performing arts sites in the Washington area. Each year, more than 400,000 people come to the Park to renew their creative spirit through arts classes, festivals, exhibitions, dances, children’s theater, music performances, nature programs, and more.Established by Montgomery County in 2002, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization charged with managing Glen Echo Park’s arts programs and facilities, including its historic buildings. The Partnership's mission is to present vibrant artistic, cultural, and educational offerings at the Park and to promote the Park as a unique destination for the region’s diverse population.
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  • August 10, 2017
    We came here to ride the carousel. This is the only carousel owned by the National Park system. They actually have free tours of the carousel before it opens on weekends if you phone a few days ahead,...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Beautiful spot with lots of shade. The carousel,is excellent with long rides. Cafe in the park is clean but a bit pricey. Worth a visit with the children.  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    this is just so great- the carousel is cheap and you had long rides and the whole place reminds you of long lost days- beautiful art deco buildings magical  more »
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  • April 1, 2017
    Great art lessons for the whole family. Beautiful grounds and nice cafe. Interesting historical place too. Worth visiting and signing up for lessons
  • June 18, 2017
    A nice park with some good events, but many are quite pricey for ordinary families.
  • July 2, 2017
    Dancing at glen echo is so much fun! I never miss a Thursday night!
  • July 7, 2017
    This place has a lot of fun and cool places especially for families.
  • March 21, 2017
    The best old timey park with amazing events year round and fantastic dancing in the Spanish Ballroom, many times a week! Whether you like Tango, Blues, Swing or Contra, Glen Echo has it all and then some!

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