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Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo

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Glen Echo Park is an arts and cultural center in Glen Echo, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Located about 9 miles (14 km) northwest of the city's downtown area, the park's site was initially developed in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly.

Following the foreclosure and sale of the Chautauqua grounds in 1903, leisure facilities were developed there to serve the city's growing population. In 1911, the site was expanded to become the privately owned Glen Echo Amusement Park, a popular facility that operated until 1968.
The National Park Service (NPS) now operates the park, which serves the Washington area as a regional cultural resource when offering classes, workshops and performances in the visual and performing arts. The park is known for its Streamline Moderne architecture, an antique Dentzel carousel and its historic Spanish Ballroom, as well as for its children's theater and social dance programs. Visitors also come to the park to participate in its festivals and events, which include the Washington Folk Festival and a Family Day.

The NPS maintains a visitors center and conducts park history tours. More than 350,000 people attend events and participate in instructional activities at the park during each year.

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  • [Thurs., Jun 30,'22] Today was a Picture-Perfect Day to enjoy hours at several local attractions along MacArthur Blvd in Glen Echo, MD (near the beautiful C&O Canal and Potomac River, close to Great....  more
    [Thurs., Jun 30,'22] Today was a Picture-Perfect Day to enjoy hours at several local attractions along MacArthur Blvd in Glen Echo, MD (near the beautiful C&O Canal and Potomac River, close to Great....  more »
  • Although everything was closed due to Covid there is historical info all around this unique park which used to be an amusement park back in the 50s and 60 s Peeking through the windows of an enclosed....  more
    Although everything was closed due to Covid there is historical info all around this unique park which used to be an amusement park back in the 50s and 60 s Peeking through the windows of an enclosed....  more »
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  • Nice open area. The aquarium is a must visit, as well as the carousel. Even though the aquarium is small, there’s lots of info provided on the local aquatic life and they have a life fish in tanks to see. Not much else was open though. Def has potential.
  • The national park service is not on-site at this time. I was told the park information and stamps were in rhe tan building next to the carousel. It is a100 year old carousel, it was operating when I got there. The price for rides is 2.00 or you can buy the 5.00 unlimited rides that day. I got the 5.00 wrist band, it was great and highly recommended.

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