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Glen Echo Park
Based on 47 traveler reviews
Dec 02, 2014 by: P E from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great spot to enjoy time with the family or take in a class. Dances on weekends and lots of space to pack a lunch and blanket.
Nov 14, 2014 by: Rollie B from Bethesda, Maryland
You need to go to Glen Echo Park at some point for some reason. Just Google the history to get a little background and then you can head over to see the well preserved remains of an amusement park. If you go during the day it can be fun and bright... if you go at night it can almost be creepy and ominous. Now, that's just the location itself. On Saturday nights there is swing dancing (that's why I go, its fun, you should try it once). I think there are other types of dancing other nights, but those aren't my thing. There are fine arts classes, exhibits, and shows there as well. I have never done it, but apparently on Tuesday nights there is photo development and photography classes (I think). It is also a great venue for receptions and parties. Given its history and diverse activities (oh, I almost forgot the carousel is open in the summer) everyone should go there at least once just to see it. It is free to park, free to walk around, but some activities or dances can cost a little. All in all, if you go to their website you can find something there you like and make an afternoon or evening out of it.
Great Wedding Reception
Nov 01, 2014 by: Negril_Rob from Emerald Isle, North Carolina
We attended a wedding reception at the Bumper Car Pavilion on Halloween; what a great location for a wedding reception for about 200 friends and family. The Bumper Car Pavilion was built in 1923 as an attraction when Glen Echo Park was an amusement park. It seems to be restored to its original natural state and there is an example of the bumper cars used at that time. The Pavilion is an ideal location when the weather is mild because it is barely heated and not air conditioned. Halloween is hit or miss for good weather and we were lucky that it wasn't really that cold. The catering was super and the dance floor is built in with a stage for live music. I will definitely go back to explore this art deco throwback National Park in the springtime and during the day. This is worth more than a look and check out the Clara Barton national historic site while you are there.
Then & Wow Festival
Sep 30, 2014 by: seramigo from Basel
Wonderful park in Glen Echo. A very old carousel that is open on weekends(minimal charge) nice children's playground, art gallery and both glassblowing & pottery exhibits to visit!
Excellent Wedding Venue
Sep 29, 2014 by: BeachGrandmax4 from Seneca, South Carolina
My family just attended a wedding a Glen Echo Park. What a beautiful venue for a wedding. We were given tickets to ride the carousel and this was enjoyed by adults and children alike. If you stop and listen, you can almost hear the sounds of all the people who've been entertained in this park over the years. The National Park Service has done an amazing job maintaining this beautiful piece of history.
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