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Carousel of Happiness

20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Family loves the Carousel

A visit to the past. The carousel is well maintained and fun for the family and reasonable priced... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rogers, Arkansas
Impressive art that you can take a spin on

Kids will love it for the music and whimsy... adults are impressed with the art and engineering for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura R
Denver, Colorado
via mobile
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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” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A visit to the past. The carousel is well maintained and fun for the family and reasonable priced. It is conveniently located right next to the highway through Nederland.

Thank theheadliner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kids will love it for the music and whimsy... adults are impressed with the art and engineering for this fun blast into the past. Great staff too

Thank Laura R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible detail on the carvings. Animals are beautiful and the staff was super friendly. Can’t beat the price of a dollar to ride!

Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our grandkids, who live in Ned and they were happy to be there. They rode the carosel twice - with kids of all ages. That carosel is really a work of art.

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Just a treasure to visit. Every time I visit with my kids I am grinning from ear to ear. Sometimes I ride sometimes I just watch. Any visitor of any age in Nederland should visit the Carousel of Happiness.

Thank Nicholas B
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The carousel is always something we try to make a special adventure to, 30 or so minutes outside Boulder and an hour or so spent there exploring and riding multiple times.

Thank LittleKings
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Wow what fun. All the animals are hand carved by a local. The carousel and the music are all rebuilt and look brand new. Only a dollar per ride.

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 3 October 2017

you have to see this to believe it ,the guy has restored a antique that is out of this world . I am 58 and enjoyed riding as much as the kids!! Take the time to thru Ned and ride a classic at over 8000ft...More

Thank scottk1977
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This carousel is just magical and beautiful with hand crafted animals and musical magic. Definitely a delightful place for kids and big kids as well

Thank suzieFortCollins
Reviewed 18 September 2017 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
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Questions & Answers
15 March 2017|
Response from Katrina H | Property representative |
We will be open 11am - 6pm those days.