The Carousel of Happiness is open year-round. Our operations have changed to protect the health and safety of visitors during the pandemic, so you may want to look at our Covid-19 Plan for more information.
The Carousel is located just off Colo. 119 in the Caribou Village Shopping Center between the Train Cars and the Wild Bear Nature Center. Our address is 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466.
Tickets are $2 for everyone over 9 months old; those younger than 9 months ride free, but they must be accompanied by a paying adult. Frequent riders can purchase punch cards (also $2/ride).
As part of the Carousel’s values to be respectful and inclusive, we are an accessible destination for people with disabilities. We have a wheelchair ramp, step stools, and our facility is walker-friendly. The carousel also has several stationary benches and easy-to-ride seats. We can offer headphones for sensitive ears, or turn off the music entirely for riders with special needs. Our restrooms are handicapped-accessible and have diaper-changing stations.
In addition to our main spinning attraction, the Carousel of Happiness has an upstairs puppet theater housed in a restored band organ facade. The puppet theater is a popular family favorite as an attraction for creative play with our selection of gently used animal puppets. There is also an observation window that is great for watching the carousel’s 100-year-old gears turn.
*Note: unfortunately, our puppet theater is closed at the present time due to Covid restrictions.
Story Catcher Booth*
Storytelling is part of the magic behind the Carousel of Happiness. Wonderful, untold stories are all around us, and inside you. The Carousel invites riders to take a moment to share their own unique stories with friends or family in our Story Catcher sound booth.
- Interview a friend or family member, or tell your own story
- Professional recording equipment and sound quality
- Up to 20 minutes of recording
- File saved to USB drive compatible with both Mac and PC
- You own the recording—share it with whomever you wish
- $10 suggested donation includes your USB drive
How to Catch a Story — Download these tips on how to tell a great story so you can start planning your storytelling experience today!
*Note: the Story Catcher Booth is currently open only by special arrangement due to Covid restrictions.
Directions from Denver/Boulder
Take U.S. 36 west from Denver to Boulder. In Boulder, turn left onto CO-119/Canyon Blvd.* Continue on Colo. 119 for 18 miles. When you reach Nederland, take a left at the traffic circle, cross the bridge and continue until you see the red train cars on your left. Turn left onto Lakeview Drive and then turn right into the shopping center parking lot.
*Note: Roadwork has been ongoing in Boulder Canyon in 2019-2020, so you may want to check with CDOT on the project status, or plan to come up Coal Creek Canyon (Colo. 72) or another alternate route.
For links and information on what else to do in the area, visit the Nederland activities page.
Please see our group visits for more information.