“Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross to see a fine lady upon a white horse,” goes the old Mother Goose jingle. But there’s no need to go that far. Enjoy the animals at these carousels right in the Washington area. For information on other carousels, see the National Carousel Association’s Web site at www.carousel.org.
Glen Echo Park: 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. This 1921 Dentzel carousel, still in its original location, has three rows of animals. They include 28 jumpers, 12 standers, 12 other animals and two chariots. The brass ring machine is not operating. Its band organ is a Wurlitzer 165. Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-6 p.m. from May to late September. 301/492-6229.
Smithsonian Carousel: Jefferson Drive, the National Mall. The Allan Herschell carousel, built in 1947, was first installed in Baltimore’s Gwynne Oak Park and has been on the Mall by the Smithsonian Castle since 1975. It has four rows with 57 jumpers, one other animal and two chariots. The band organ, currently being restored, is a Wurlitzer 153. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weather permitting every day except Christmas. 703/938-9899.
Washington National Cathedral: Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The All Hallows Guild carousel, at the cathedral since 1963, was built for a traveling carnival by the U.S. Merry-Go-Round Co. around 1890. It has two rows of animals, with nine jumpers, four standers, nine other animals and two chariots. The organ is a Wurlitzer Caliola from the 1920s. Open for the guild’s flower mart the first Friday and Saturday in May, and on the last Saturday in September. 202/537-2937.
Wheaton Regional Park: 2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton. The Herschell-Spillman carousel was built between 1910 and 1915. It was used on the National Mall from the 1960s to 1981, when it was moved to Wheaton. It has three rows with 33 jumpers, three other animals and two chariots, but no band organ. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in summer. 301/946-6396.
Source: The National Carousel Association