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Glen Echo Park
Based on 27 traveler reviews
Fantastic little park
Dec 28, 2013 by: ResourceTeacher from Winnipeg, Manitoba
Not only having a Puppet Co. With wonderful marionettes, But also a children' s theatre with great productions for slightly older children, a children's playground, many picnic tables, Clara Barton's historic house, the lovely carousel with calliope, studios with pottery and glassblowing, a small nature park , historic plaques even describing the history from early century to the movement to protest segregation, make this a worthwhile place to visit, see shows and buy artisans's works.
Art Deco and the Arts
Dec 08, 2013 by: Oski_Bear_DC from Vienna, VA
Glen Echo is excellent reuse example for a historic site - artists in residence, puppet theater, live theater for children, carousel, dancing at the Spanish Ballroom, a variety of arts classes, and more. We like the annual arts festival. The venue is popular for weddings (in fair weather). On top of all this, free admission for a DC area national park.
The Puppet Co at Glen Echo
Dec 01, 2013 by: A N from Washington DC, District of Columbia
At this part, there is a little theater that presents children's performances. One would think that, because the show is meant for kids, it would be done with less quality or less wonderful props or less special effects. Not at The Puppet Co. We saw the Nutcracker, and the performance is simply magnificent, and the decor is superb, no mater how old you are. Kids of course, ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT, but the show is just as entertaining and fun for the adults. I have great admiration for those how creatively make something out of nothing, specially, make puppet shows out of recycled fabrics and crafty props. But if one wants to see it done with the full splendor of theater, this place is the place. The fact that the tickets are so affordable ($10 each) is almost incredible given the top notch quality of the performance.
Old Amusement Park
Aug 06, 2013 by: mdcwa from Olympia, WA
Very interesting to see the old sign (art deco design) at the front of the park. We were there on a Monday so the park was deserted. It is only open Wednesday through Sunday. Be sure to see the old carousel.
Jul 17, 2013 by: mary532 from Havre de Grace, Maryland
Wow is all I can say about a place that the last time I visited was deserted and creepy. This former amusement park is wonderful. This was a National Park Service partnership that works! I say this as former NPS ranger who saw similar projects fail. The park was full of people and children enjoying themselves. The carousel was completely restored and offering cheap rides to thousands of children. The Wurlitzer Organ was amazing. The buildings have been restored. Classes and activities are a daily occurrence. I cannot say enough of my surprise when walking into this park.
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