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Glen Echo Park
Based on 25 traveler reviews
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.
Visit on a weekend--ballroom dancing and artists
May 16, 2013 by: 48S-Tatet-Ruck from McLean, VA
This National Park Service site provides a great deal to the community in performing and visual arts. Glen Echo Park was an amusement park for decades. It declined in the 1960s. As a National Park Service site, much of the interesting late 19th century to 1950s architecture has been beautifully restored and maintained. Many buildings have been repurposed into what amounts to an artists' enclave. Some buildings maintain their original purpose, such as the grand Spanish ballroom, where ballroom dances are conducted. You can visit Glen Echo Park any time during the week, but most events and many artists' studios only are open for activities on the weekends. During the week, special events are held at the park, and some art studios are open to the public. The Washington Conservatory of Music has a branch at Glen Echo where music lessons are given.
Great opportunities to learn and have fun!!
Apr 28, 2013 by: darwinsail from Washington DC, District of Columbia
A previous amusement park is now house of many groups on arts that share their knowledge. You can have courses on photo, painting, glass, and dance among others. But, you also can just visit and have fun with your family.
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