Glen Echo Park is located on the Potomac palisades near Bethesda, Maryland. Glen Echo Park opened in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly, offering classes and lectures in the liberal arts, including literature, languages, music and art. After encountering financial problems, the Chautauqua closed and re-opened as an amusement park in 1899.
1970, through a land exchange with the park’s owners, the United States federal government acquired Glen Echo Park. The carousel was donated to the park on the condition that it remain at Glen Echo for the public’s enjoyment. The following year the park reopened to the public as an arts and cultural center, under the administration of the National Park Service.
Today, you can take a class in pottery, painting, photography, or glass art, music or silversmithing. There are puppet show or theater performances, and of course there's the famous Dentzel Carousel to ride. Each week many people dance in the ballroom or refine their steps in one of the dance classes that are offered. There are ranger-guided historic tour of the grounds.
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