A magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ.

Happening at the Carousel

Vote Now for Mayor of the Carousel!

To cast your vote, simply make a donation of any size to the candidate of your choice… Vote as many times as you like through Memorial Day Weekend. The candidate with the most support wins! >> VOTE HERE

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Kids “Safari” Offered by Beanstalk

Join Mr. Josh of Beanstalk.com on a special safari as he visits Nederland’s own Carousel of Happiness! Thanks to Beanstalk for providing this free, one-hour recorded program for kids ages 3-6. https://vimeo.com/506278475/64d97bc8e9  

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Historic Carousel Goat Rocker on Display

This carving is beyond unique! Its scale is seldom seen for a rocking horse, goat or anything else that rocks. The design for this goat dates to the very early 1900’s with Robert Muller, a German immigrant who studied as

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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.

Mayoral Campaign

 Vote for your favorite candidate to become Mayor while supporting the Carousel with your donation!

Shop the Carousel

Our shop is full of items sure to intertwine our story with yours. Your purchase helps fund the Carousel, magic and all.

Rent the Carousel

Rent the Carousel outside of regular hours for your small group or party to create special memories for all. 

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Mondays and Thursdays, 11 am-5 pm

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am-5 pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information.


Face masks required for all riders 10 and up, under order by Boulder County Public Health.