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Carousel of Happiness

20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Great Ride

This is my favorite place to go when in Nederland. The carousel is all volunteer and was/is still... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Elmwood Park, Illinois
via mobile
Great for kids

I went there with some friends and their little kids. They ended up riding the ride twice over the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Odenton, Maryland
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The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado's magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. Scott Harrison was a 19-year-old Marine Gunner serving in Vietnam where the gift of a music box and the image of a carousel in a mountain meadow calmed him. Many years later, after rescuing an abandoned carousel, he began carving what would become a whimsical menagerie. It took him a little over 26 years to hand-carve the 56 animals and a dedicated group of volunteers helped bring the carousel to life in the little mountain town west of Boulder. The fully-enclosed Carousel of Happiness turns to the music of a restored 1913 Wurlitzer Band Organ, and is home to a gift shop, toy store and do-it-yourself puppet theater. The Carousel is available for birthday parties and private events, and is fully accessible for people with disabilities.
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“hand carved” (39 reviews)
“puppet show” (11 reviews)
“vietnam vet” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is my favorite place to go when in Nederland. The carousel is all volunteer and was/is still being restored by a Vietnam vet. The hand carved animals are beautiful

Thank mamajj1957
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went there with some friends and their little kids. They ended up riding the ride twice over the week and loved it both times. The detail of the animals is really cool and the music that they play as the carousel goes around is...More

Thank 197stevee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You cannot walk out of this place not feeling happy! A ride on a beautiful Carousel, lovingly restored, is a family experience not to be missed!

Thank Rosalie R
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This carousel was recovered and took years to create. My cousin helped with the metal work, and each animal took a year to carve. It's cool for the whole family and only costs $1 to ride.

Thank Jotripper
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Soooo glad we did this, felt embarrassed about it at first to be adults riding a carousel but you can't go and not take a ride on it. It's awe inspiring and I can't wait to go back. Nederland is such a cute little place...More

Thank mushroots
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The Carousel of Happiness is a movable piece of art that the whole family can ride. Be sure to ask for the full story behind the Carousel (you can find it on your website before you go), it will make the whole experience so much...More

Thank ShootingStar17
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The hand carved animals are amazing and all from one man - a Vietnam Vet. The carousel is inside a building that has a small gift shop, lots of pictures and information on the history of the carousel, and an upstairs viewing area. Pay your...More

Thank Brian0ntheGo
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Beautifully carved animals. Wonderful "story" and history. Authentic old Wurlitzer music. Wonderful personnel. Totally delightful experience.

Thank ccvolin15
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

A gorgeous, hand-carved piece of art! $1 per ride. Wheel chair accessible. Local stores have their sponsored own character to ride. Sparky is the fun alpaca sponsored by the nearby Alpaca wool & products store. Love that it supports local military members. Each piece hand...More

Thank Susie S
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is a fantastic place to take grandkids. They love it. Buy a pile of tickets and let them ride different things.

Thank Scott H
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15 March 2017|
Response from Katrina H | Property representative |
We will be open 11am - 6pm those days.