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.
"Fun is where you find it!"
Dancing at Glen Echo has been a tradition for over 120 years. Dances are held year-round, link to the schedule.
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: July 18, 2018