Carousel of Happiness, Nederland

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#4 of 17 in Theme Parks in Colorado
The Carousel of Happiness is indoors, in an environmentally sound dodecagon (twelve sided space). It's base is a 104 year old carousel designed by Charles Looff -- the premier American carousel designer -- and the wooden menagerie was carved by Nederland local Scott Harrison over a period of 26 years.

The carousel is open for rides since Memorial Day 2010, and each ride if $1.00 a piece. Wheelchair accessible rides, the Carousel of Happiness is dedicated to inclusiveness, mutual support with other non-profits and standing by those with special needs.
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  • Wow what fun. All the animals are hand carved by a local. The carousel and the music are all rebuilt and look brand new. Only a dollar per ride.  more »
  • you have to see this to believe it ,the guy has restored a antique that is out of this world . I am 58 and enjoyed riding as much as the kids!! Take the time to thru Ned and ride a classic at over 800...  more »
  • This carousel is just magical and beautiful with hand crafted animals and musical magic. Definitely a delightful place for kids and big kids as well  more »
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  • A magical little place! The carved ride animals are one of a kind and so much fun. There are little animals for little kids, bigger animals for adults. I think little kids will beer totally charmed by animals that are just their size. Gift shop items are reasonably priced, and if you want a little pin/button of the animal you rode, they can find that for you. The carousel mechanism isn't all covered up like on most carousels, so you can see the workings, which I found fascinating. A+!
  • Such a wonderful place with great people working there. If you can't appreciate a great place like this you don't belong in Nederland or Colorado.
  • Wonderful time visiting a fully restored carousel. Very nice place.
  • We adore this carousel and go each time we come to Nederland. My daughter loves the animation of each of the animals. I love that its memorable for her, and also just $1 per ride. Its somewhat of a tradition after we are done skiing to head down to the carousel for a ride. It adds to the fun of the entire experience for her, which is the desired memory that I want her to have of the ski experience. Don't forget to go upstairs to play in the puppet theater when you are done. There is also a window so that you can look down from the top at the carousel. Its a special place that shouldn't be missed!
  • Put smiles on my kids faces. Great place to stop and admire the craftsmanship.

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