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Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo

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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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  • Glen Echo Park is historic, which means old, and in many ways is showing its age. But the carousel is delightful, a good old-timey classic like they don't make any more. The park is a lovely place for...  more »
  • Effectively an old 1950s style amusement park, complete with flaking paint, that is being looked after by a he National Parks Service. Sadly the dodgems and carrousel were packed away for the winter s...  more »
  • Glen Echo Park has been before an amusement park but closed enough long ago. Now is the place for different cultural events. I was there at the American Contradance night, or two nights really. On Sunday and on Friday. Very funny. On Spanish Danceroom. Fun to meet the Americans at the dance. Cost a few dollars for entrance.
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  • Have taken lots of interesting classes here with the artists who teach. I have tried ceramics and silver working and both were great experiences and definitely worth the cost. Very fun and they make it accessible to people at all levels of creativity and skill. you can make some nice stuff out of it. They also have live music and dancing events sometimes which are always nice.
  • 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.
  • Love visiting this beautiful park for dancing, the interesting playground, children's arts and theater, riding the carousel and for special events.
  • What a wonderful place. Contra dancing every Friday and Sunday at the Spanish Ballroom. And the Washington Folk Festival is amazing.
  • Very nice place to visit on a cool day. Variety of activities.