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Carousel of Happiness

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Address: 20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
Phone Number:
+1 303-258-3457
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11:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado's magical menagerie...

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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The carousel was super cute and really fun. My boys ages 7 and 11 both loved it. It's very affordable and they have a nice little gift shop.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Argyle, Texas
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Argyle, Texas
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The carousel was super cute and really fun. My boys ages 7 and 11 both loved it. It's very affordable and they have a nice little gift shop.

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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had never heard of Bass Wood until now. This is fantastic, the hand carved works of art that still work today. BEAUTIFUL

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Thank Sherri J
Niwot, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our book club took a Saturday trip to Nederland, especially to ride the carousel. We had a fun time, had a beer at Pioneer Inn, enjoyed the beautiful carousel, and had lunch at Ubon.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for something to do with the grandkids in Nederland, we found the Carousel of Happiness. Gave it a try with one 7 year old and one 5 year old. It was a huge hit. At a buck a ride, we were able to stay for over an hour with side time playing at the free puppet show stage and... More 

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Thank R S
Erie, Colorado
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hand carved original designs make this carousel a visual delight. The gentleman that runs it is charming and kind to all the kids.

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Thank Lee M
Austin, Texas
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37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Between the actual gentleman who resurrected this gorgeous carousel actually BEING THERE and telling the story to the charming carousel itself this place is a destination if you are anywhere near Nederland (Boulder and surrounding areas and definitely worth the trip if you are coming into Boulder for a day trip). The classic glass encased Wurlitzer is worth the trip... More 

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Thank LittleKings
Boulder, Colorado
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Usually we go through Nederland for skiing or hiking which is the main event. The Carousel is an excellent backup plan if some one forgot their boots and/or an excellent inducement if you need a kid to make it over one more hill to get back to the car. If all goes well, then it's just the cherry on top... More 

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Pueblo West, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The carved animals were awesome and different. The story behind it was amazing. Tickets were a dollar. We will definitely go again!

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Thank Rick S
Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We had heard about the carousel and this was a nice Sunday drive from Denver. Nice carousel run as a non profit, they only charge $1 for a ride. Lots of animal choices, great stories about how it was created. The volunteers were terrific.

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Denver, Colorado
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I was looking for a diner to eat breakfast at in Nederland when I came upon a surprisingly delightful attraction. The Carousel of Happiness is impressive and inspires happiness as well as honors and memorializes veterans. The Carouse was not open when I arrived but the owner and operator let me in to look around and explained the history and... More 

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