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Get Outside! Ride a Carousel

Who doesn’t love a carousel ride? Here is our list of must-visit places in the DC metro-area where you and your family can enjoy carousel rides — a staple of any childhood!

Carousel at Clemyjontri Park
6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101 (Map it)
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Just one of the many reasons to visit Clemyjontri Park, their fully-accessible carousel features chariots, a spinning tea cup, and 14 prancing steeds. Recessed to ground-level so that it is accessible for wheelchairs, the carousel fulfills the vision of Clemyjontri: where children who use wheelchairs, walkers, or braces — or who have sensory or developmental disabilities — can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration. See a photo review here.

Carousel at Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (Map it)
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Burke Lake Park, at 888-acres, is a great place to go for the day with family members of all ages! Not only does it boast a carousel with rides every 30-minutes, but 3 playgrounds, trails, a 1/3-scale replica C.P.Huntington ride-on train, an amphitheater, a miniature golf course, an ice cream parlor, and much more! This Fairfax County Park is open to the public and entry is free for residents with ID. Non-residents must pay a nominal fee. See a photo review here.

Carousel at Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, VA 20190 (Map it)

Lake Fairfax Park, home of the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, an 18-acre lake with pedal boat rentals, a skateboard park, multiple picnic areas, and more is also home to a beautifully-restored antique carousel for kids and kids-at-heart!

Carousel at Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171 (Map it)
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Frying Pan Farm Park, home of Kidwell Farm — our area’s oldest working farm, is a favorite family destination. In addition to the playground and 20-horse antique carousel (built in 1918), families can get up close and personal with draft horses, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, sheep, goats, cows, and pigs! See a photo review here.

Carousel at Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Rd., Springfield, VA 22150 (Map it)

The 26-horse, hand-carved carousel at Lake Accotink Park dates back to the 1930’s. It is a must-visit at this Springfield-area park while visiting for the pedal boat rentals, Lucky Duck Miniature Golf course, tour boat rides, and more!

The Island Carousel at Dulles Town Center
21100 Dulles Town Cir., Dulles, VA 20166 (Map it)

The beautiful, vintage carousel at Dulles Town Center is located on the second floor of the mall in the food court area. Open daily, children and the young at heart can enjoy a ride on the horse of their choice!

Speedwell Conservation Carousel at the National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Map it)

A newer carousel to our region, the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel, has been open since 2012. This custom-carved carousel features 58 different species, including endangered species like the giant pandas, Komodo dragons, and cheetahs, all coexisting peacefully under a brightly colored, open-air pavilion.

Have an animal-whisperer on your hands? Check out our local and regional guide to Animal Spotting here

Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812 (Map it)

The Dentzel Carousel, part of historic Glen Echo Park, is celebrating its 95th season in the Park. Installed in 1921, the hand-carved wooden carousel has been fully restored. Families are encouraged to explore Glen Echo Park and enjoy their newly redesigned playground or catch a children’s show at the Puppet Co. or Adventure Theatre.

While in Montgomery County, check out our day-trip guide!

Carousel at National Harbor
137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745 (Map it)

The Carousel at National Harbor is a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel featuring a herd of whimsical creatures with the sparkling Potomac as a backdrop. The area housing The Carousel features a newly-built playground, toddler play area, and picnic tables for families looking to relax and soak up some sun at the harbor.

Read more: 11 Reasons to Take the Kids to The National Harbor
While in Prince George’s County, check out our day-trip guide!

The Carousel at RIO Washingtonian
209 Boardwalk Pl., Gaithersburg, MD 20878 (Map it)

Just one of the many lakefront, family-friendly features at the Rio, their carousel features 30 Allan Herschell-style dancing horses, whimsical creatures, and two chariots. Located next to the interactive playground, along the boardwalk overlooking the lake, families can also enjoy paddleboats in the shape of white swans, dragons, pirate ships, and pink flamingos! And for train-lovers, don’t forget about the Washington Express — a trackless train ready to take your family for a ride!

While in Montgomery County, check out our day-trip guide!

The Carousel at the Mall in Columbia
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044 (Map it)

Located on the upper level near Sears and JCPenny, children will enjoy a ride on the carousel at the Mall in Columbia daily.

The Chesapeake Carousel at Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 (Map it)

Located within Watkins Regional Park, the turn-of-the-century Chesapeake Carousel is just one of the many family-friendly features at the Park! While there, also enjoy a game of miniature golf and a ride on their shiny silver and black C.P. Huntington replica miniature locomotive!

While in Prince George’s County, check out our day-trip guide!

Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park
2002 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton, MD 20902 (Map it)

Built in 1915, the Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel features 33 jumping horses, three zebras, and two chariots. While at the park enjoy a train ride on their replica 1863 C.P. Huntington, a 4-2-4T steam locomotive, a visit to Pine Lake, and a trip to Adventure Playground!

While in Montgomery County, check out our day-trip guide!


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