"Fun is where you find it!"

Glen Echo Park began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly "to promote liberal and practical education." By 1911, it transformed into DC's premier amusement park until it closed in 1968. Since 1971, the National Park Service has owned and operated the site and today, with the help of the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, offers year-round cultural and recreational activities.

Carousel Tiger
Dentzel Carousel

Schedule a Virtual History Presentation or learn more about the rehabilitation of the historically significant carousel at Glen Echo Park.

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park
Social Dances

Dancing at Glen Echo has been a tradition for over 120 years. Dances are held year-round, link to the schedule.

Multi-colored spring tulips blooming in front of Arcade Building.
Explore the history of Glen Echo Park.

Glen Echo Park's unique history includes a Chautauqua, an amusement park, a struggle for Civil Rights in America, and an historic carousel.

Last updated: September 11, 2023

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812


301 320-1400

Contact Us