Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo

4.3
#9 of 17 in Parks in Montgomery County
Located six miles northwest of Georgetown along the scenic Potomac River palisades, Glen Echo Park began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly "to promote liberal and practical education." By 1900, the park was on its way to becoming what would be the premier amusement park in the Washington area until 1968.

Since 1971, the National Park Service has owned and operated the site with the help of its partnership organization the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Montgomery County, and the local community. The park has come full circle and, harking back to its Chautauqua days, now offers year-round cultural and recreational activities. It is one of the most unique National Park Service cultural resource sites in the country.
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  • Lots of history, fun things to do and artisans. Really family-friendly. Catch one of the events and bring the whole family. Don't forget the carousel! Bring your camera and a picnic lunch to eat in th...  more »
  • Carousel is really special. Playground is small but perfect for kids after a show at Adventure Thestre. Small snack shop -- wish it had more variety. Wouldn't go here without a theatre performance tie...  more »
  • This place has a bit of everything. The historic carousel is probably the main draw. Priced low, kids can ride to their hearts content while adults appreciate the restored animals and organ. The artis...  more »
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  • We enjoyed Glen Echo Park. It is a nice place to go on the weekends. Parking is a bit tricky. You need to go past the park to the National Park lot off Oxford Road. We went to 2 places here. Candy Corner is a children's art room where they give you a couple of things to make for around 30 minutes. Quite nice. They other is a puppet theater. The theater is fun, tickets are required for everyone and you will need to be there on time, as the show is 30 minutes for children. Our daughter enjoyed the experience at both.
  • Awesome walk into a retro past of Americana and Civil Rights history! Especially cool is that it's a National Park Service site and has multiple junior ranger badges to earn, too! Unfortunately, when we visited, although the park was open, the ranger office had closed an hour earlier than what we typically encounter, so we had to improvise...but it was still interesting to explore and learn about its history!
  • Came for a Saturday night swing dancing event, and was blown away by the community feel, quality instruction, and the Spanish ballroom is beautiful. Be sure to wear a jacket or dress in layers in the winter because it was quite chilly in the ballroom. Once you start dancing though it’s perfect! There was heating in the snack bar. Only negative was the coffee was not good haha.
  • If you ever wanted to try swing dancing show up at 8pm on Saturday and get an hour lesson. Dancing starts at 9 in front of a band. Vintage ballroom, students, senior citizens and everyone in between having a good time. Cherry popping daddies were the headliner last weekend. Check the website for other dances.
  • Great place to bring the kids on a weekend to ride the excellent carousel, play in the little playground, snack at the coffee shop, or experience all of the art when exhibits are open. Create art to with ceramicists, glass blowers, and other expert teachers. Also, fun for music and dancing when bands come to play.
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