. . . taken a spin on the carousel at Glen Echo Park. You don't have to settle for a horse on this ride: Climb aboard a giraffe and fall spell to the sounds of the Wurlitzer organ. Or take the reins of a hand-carved ostrich. The centerpiece of a segregation-era amusement park, the merry-go-round was installed in 1921 and carefully restored not long ago. Much of the rest of the park, which opened in 1891 as part of the chautauqua movement, is now being renovated -- an effort that will erase decades of neglect and help forge a new era at the park.
Glen Echo Park
Newly restored horses adorn the carousel at Glen Echo Park. The National Park Service is slowly restoring the animals on the carousel during the off season.
(Dayna Smith - The Washington Post)
From May 3 to Oct. 1, the carousel operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are 50 cents. For directions, call 301-492-6282 or go to www.nps.gov/glec.
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