The site of Washington's oldest amusement park (1911–68) is preserved here, as is a stone tower from the village of Glen Echo, founded in 1891 by Edwin and Edward Baltzley, brothers who made their fortune from the invention of a reversible eggbeater. The National Park Service now administers this 10-acre property as a thriving arts center with classes in the arts, two children's theaters, two art galleries with ongoing exhibits, artist demonstrations, and the Living
Classrooms Museum with environmental education workshops. Every weekend the Adventure Theater puts on traditional plays and musicals aimed at children ages four and up. Families can spread out on carpeted steps. At the Puppet Company Playhouse, skilled puppeteers perform classic stories Wednesday through Sunday. There's a great playground for kids, and young and old alike can ride on a 1921 Dentzel carousel May through September.