Carousel of Happiness, Nederland

4.9
#5 of 18 in Theme Parks in Colorado
The Carousel of Happiness is indoors, in an environmentally sound dodecagon (twelve sided space). It's base is a 104 year old carousel designed by Charles Looff -- the premier American carousel designer -- and the wooden menagerie was carved by Nederland local Scott Harrison over a period of 26 years.

The carousel is open for rides since Memorial Day 2010, and each ride if $1.00 a piece. Wheelchair accessible rides, the Carousel of Happiness is dedicated to inclusiveness, mutual support with other non-profits and standing by those with special needs.
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  • Whenever someone asks me "where should I go when I visit Boulder?", I always recommend the Carousel of Happiness. It's one of those rare places that's quick to visit but stays with you for years after...  more »
  • This is a lovely small carousel, lovingly hand-carved by a Vietnam veteran over 26 years. There are some wheelchair-accessible areas on it, and the price of $1 makes it within reach of most families. ...  more »
  • A visit to the past. The carousel is well maintained and fun for the family and reasonable priced. It is conveniently located right next to the highway through Nederland.  more »
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  • A really delightful experience with amazing hand-carved animals and great calliope music. Well worth multiple rides. Staff are friendly and helpful. The carousel is a big hit with my kids and we have been back several times within a few months of being in the area.
  • You simply cannot leave this place in a bad mood. Absolutely wonderful. All the animals are hand-carved and the man who carved them can still be seen working there. The best part: tickets are only $1.
  • Love this place. Love the historic carousel, well restored and a piece of art. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. I really enjoy that it is protected so accessible/pleasant even on winter days. A wonderful stop in a great area!
  • Simply amazing. The story is incredible as is the design. You cant help but smile when you are here.
  • We love coming here! You can't beat the price. Fabulous carved animals. So much joy.

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