A nonprofit arts & culture organization  •  Nederland, CO  •  303.258.3457

A magical menagerie featuring 57 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ.

Nederland CO carousel merry go round fund day out with family

Happening at the Carousel

Feeling the Magic…

In May, we welcomed a few Emmy-award-winning filmmakers into our doors.  It all started the winter prior, when Atlas Obscura found the Carousel of Happiness, and decided to explore the intriguing story of our organization.  Andy and Farhod of Studio

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A Celebration in the Mountains

If you stopped by the carousel house on August 8, 9, or 10, you noticed we were closed for special maintenance.  We received a consultation from Carousels and Carvings so that we can make sure to keep this thing spinning

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One Million Rides and Counting!

Olive and James – Our 1,000,000 and 1,000,001 carousel riders! On Wednesday July 20, the Carousel of Happiness saw it’s one-millionth rider! Since opening in 2010, over 1 million tickets have been sold or given away.  And we have seen

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How It All Began...

As a young Marine in Vietnam Scott Harrison received a tiny music box that he held to his ear to distract him from the horror of the war going on around him. The music, Chopin’s “Tristesse,” brought him a peaceful image of a carousel in a mountain meadow. After returning home, he rescued an abandoned Looff carousel in Utah and spent 26 years hand-carving animals to bring it back to life.

Scott had never carved before, but starting with the rabbit that is now on the sign in front of the carousel in Nederland, he went on to create more than 50 one-of-a-kind animals, 35 of which can be ridden. As he was finishing, the small community of Nederland (pop. 1,500) came together and raised the $700,000 to build it a home.

Membership

The perks of becoming a member are more than just discounts. Join our family today and “Don’t Delay Joy!”

Shop the Carousel

Our gift shop is full of items sure to intertwine our story with yours.

Your purchase helps fund the Carousel’s operation and mission, magic and all.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday, or other special event, at the Carousel to create lasting memories for your family and friends. 

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11am to 5pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

11am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

Last ride of the day at 4:45pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information

* Open Late for Fourth Fridays at Caribou Village *

Friday September 23 : 10am – 7pm