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.

Happening at the Carousel

Fall Colors in the Mountains

That fall chill is in the air… As any leaf peeper knows, witnessing Colorado’s aspen leaves change is one of the best ways to spend the day.  Plan your trip to see the beautiful colors that speckle our mountainsides, the

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Carousel Named as Top 3 Spot to Take Kids

The Carousel of Happiness has been named the #3 Top Spot to take kids in and around Denver for 2021, by readers of Kids Out and About Denver.  The Carousel ranked immediately behind the dual powerhouses, Denver Zoo and Denver

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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.

Our Newest Ride

The Carousel unveiled a new rideable animal — a giant, wondrous, blue butterfly — as part of our Wonder Project on July 17.  Come check it out for yourself!

Shop the Carousel

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

OPEN ALL WEEKEND LONG!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Monday: 11 am – 5 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information