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Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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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  • We came here with our 2 years old niece and she loved running around the large space and couldn't keep her eyes off the carousel! She didn't enjoy riding it as much as it went pretty fast, but she lov...  read more »
  • Lots of different things to do here for families. The carousel, hiking, the puppet shows, and the aquarium are all worth checking out. And they have pavilions and rooms you can rent for parties. Neat ...  read more »
  • In addition to the Adventure Theater, there are picnic tables, walks through the park, an excellent gallery of glass objects (The Art Glass Center), a ceramics center, silversmith and the Clara Barton...  read more »
  • Glen Echo Park is certainly past its prime and fairly isolated from other DC area attractions. This is a place to go to - just one - if you live in the area, just so you can say you've been there. There is a artist community at Glen Echo and a nice carousel for young kids, and its always interesting to read about the history of any place. But, there's really not a lot to do here. Its a great way to fill a Sunday afternoon - after the football season.
  • Glen Echo is great for just wandering around and taking photos. I'm never quite sure if the park is on the decline or the rebound, but I really like that it feels a little raw and unpolished.
  • My family took a family outing here for mothers day. We saw a puppet show, had a picnic by the playground, rode the carousal and finished the day off by attending a family contra dance. Great day!
  • I liked it because the restroom is like 1920's with newer Crane Plumbing fixtures.
  • Lovely park with vibrant arts community
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