Fully grown carousel riders may remember the Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel from their childhood days. It operated on the Mall from the ’60s until 1981, when it was moved to Wheaton. Built by the Herschell Spillman Co. in 1915, it features 33 hand-carved horses, three zebras and two chariots. Kids won’t want to miss the park’s new Adventure Playground, which includes a climbing mound, tunnel slides, swings and a sandbox.
Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville. 301-765-8670.
Wheaton Regional Park, 2002 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton. 301-942-6703. Saturday-April 8 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weather permitting); weekends through May 27 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; daily Memorial Day-Labor Day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/wheaton.shtm. $1.75; free for age 2 and younger with a paying adult.
playground and carousel are designed to be accessible to children with disabilities. The carousel base is at ground level so that those in wheelchairs can ride in a chariot or a spinning teacup next to those riding a horse. The McLean park also has a huge jungle gym, swings, slides, playhouses and a running track.
6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Weekends through May 27 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; May 28-Sept. 3, Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 703-388-2807. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/clemyjontri. $1.75.
For more than 40 years, a C.P. Huntington train — the current one replaced an older model in 2005 — has been a highlight of
Burke Lake Park
. The train chugs along a 1.75-mile track through woods and tunnels. Once the engine pulls back into the station, kids can ride on the carousel, play on the shaded playground or have a treat at the ice cream parlor.
7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. Weekends April 7-May 27 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; daily Memorial Day-Labor Day 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ice cream parlor hours vary. 703-323-6600. www.fairfax
county.gov/parks/burkelake. Carousel $1.75; train $2.50; age 1 and younger free.
Frying Pan Farm Park
in Herndon inherited a carousel last spring. The Herschell design was built in 1918 and spent many years at Lee District Park in Franconia. Its arrival at Frying Pan adds another fun element to a park that features a re-
creation of an early-20th-century farm. Expect crowds during spring break for the farm’s irresistible main attraction: baby animals.