Washington, D.C. Nightlife



Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Review

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 brothers were enthusiastic supporters of the Chautauqua movement, a group begun in 1874 in New York as a way to promote liberal education among the working and middle classes. The brothers sold land and houses to further their dream, but the Glen Echo Chautauqua lasted only one season. The National Park Service 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812 | Map It
  • Phone: 301/634–2222; 301/320–5331 Adventure Theater; 301/320–6668 Puppet Co.
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  • Location: Suburban Maryland
Updated: 06-05-2013

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