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

Enjoy the Fall Colors in Nederland

Make plans to stop by the Carousel of Happiness this fall and see the aspen changing colors along the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway. Nederland is a prime viewing area for fall colors, which usually peak in late September/early October.

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Carousel Named Top 3 Family Favorite

The Carousel of Happiness has been named a Top 3 Family Favorite by Colorado Parent magazine. And, the recognition comes in two categories — Family Day Trip and Birthday Party Spot. Make plans to visit us today!

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Adopt a Carousel Animal

As part of the Carousel’s 10th Anniversary Campaign, we are discounting Carousel animal adoptions to $600 per year if you adopt an animal by August 31st. And, if you have adopted an animal in the past, you can re-adopt for

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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.

10th Anniversary

 Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary and keep the Carousel spinning for many generations to come!

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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HOURS

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays: 10 am-6 pm

Tickets still only $2

Small group reservations available outside of regular hours.

Important!

Facemasks required for all riders 3 and up for everyone’s safety.

Our operations have changed to protect the health and safety of visitors. See our Covid-19 Plan for more information.