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Glen Echo Park
Based on 36 traveler reviews
a little disappointing
Jul 28, 2014 by: howho from sherwood park, Alberta
the front facade promises a nice trip to the art deco past, however there are very few places that are open within it during the week so there is not much to enjoy. its probably more like a trip down memory lane for some - overall, its not a bad place for an hour's walk, but aside form the buildings there doesn't eem to be anything else to do.
Jul 26, 2014 by: Jay A from
I'm sure the shows and arts programs are fun, but if you're just going here for play, you will be disappointed. Hard to get to, and not much to do beyond the carousel, which is admittedly cool. Otherwise, the playground is small and lacking in playsets. Maybe this was fun 50 years ago, but my 5 and 2 year olds were bored to death. Save the time and go to Cabin John or Wheaton. Not worth the trip.
Jul 21, 2014 by: blue72jay from New Orleans
Old amusement park that is now a National Park. One of the greatest assets of the park is the Spanish Ballroom that is used on weekend for dances open to the public. There is a beautiful merry-go-round. Also the old bumper car pavilion is used for events as well.
Step back in time at this old amusement park
Jul 21, 2014 by: Pnemiller from Kutztown, Pennsylvania
The National Park Service operates this great place that used to be an amusement park. There are still things from years ago like a 1921 carousel and a large 1935 Spanish ballroom. They offer classes and programs, such as weekly concerts during the summer. The park opened in the late 1800s and there is an interesting film about its history. We had an excellent lunch at the cafe. Split a delicious Cabin Club sandwich for $8. There is no cost to visit this park.
The park was nice- the puppet show was over packed!
Jul 13, 2014 by: Tiffany R from Boardman, Ohio
We enjoyed eating lunch in the park and our kids had fun on the carousel ride! We had purchased tickets for the puppet show- 3 adults, 2 kids =$50. We had toured Clara Barton's House at 10 and arrived to the Puppet show about 11:00 only to find a long line of kids on a field trip waiting to get in. Our show started at 11:30 and apparently 11:00 was not early enough to arrive a get good seats on the floor. My kids had a little trouble seeing although they did enjoy what they could see of the performance. The place was over packed with kids! There was a lady working there that was constantly interrupting our view of the show, by moving children around, whispering for adults or children to move from their seats. She seemed very controlling and bossy at times. Just didn't get a welcoming feeling from her. They let people come in late and some adults were asked to give up their seats so that other adults could have seats. With the constant disruption from her I really felt we had over paid for our tickets. I also feel that tickets should come at a discount if it's going to be that packed! Perhaps field trips could be scheduled for their own private showing. It seems that the lady had to constantly monitor all of the field trip children. If that needs to be done due to the volume of school kids -it for sure takes away from others enjoying the performance. Way too many kids without enough adult supervision is just asking for an accident to happen. Overall the performance was nice for kids, but I don't think it's worth us coming back. I wish I could give the whole experience a 3.5 but I'll give it a 4. I appreciate what they are trying to offer here.
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