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.Before you head to Glen Echo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Glen Echo trip planning app , to make sure you see all that Glen Echo has to offer, including Glen Echo Park.
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Glen Echo Park Reviews
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 »
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.
Glen Echo has been one of my favorite places since childhood. It’s a great place for kids to learn and explore the arts and sciences. Today I love Glen Echo as an adult not only as a natural park but also for its acclaim as an arts community. Come take a class!
Very cold. No heat so you have to deal with that but the best damn band!! Awesome time. Tons of nice people to dance with.
A very beautiful park. It's good to see some of the original structures being taken care of. A great partial step back in time.
The park looks a bit tired around the edges, but it's a wonderful place to learn and exhibit all kinds of art. Great place for children as well.
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