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Carousel of Happiness

20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Happiness just bubbles up when you experience it first hand

The story behind the carousel is inspiring. It costs $1 to ride and you can't help but smile. A... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cheryl C
Jacksonville, Florida
Brought Tears to My Eyes

An amazing accomplishment and a testament to the healing power of art and creativity. The details... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
St. Louis, MO
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The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado's magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. Scott Harrison was a 19-year-old Marine Gunner serving in Vietnam where the gift of a music box and the image of a carousel in a mountain meadow calmed him. Many years later, after rescuing an abandoned carousel, he began carving what would become a whimsical menagerie. It took him a little over 26 years to hand-carve the 56 animals and a dedicated group of volunteers helped bring the carousel to life in the little mountain town west of Boulder. The fully-enclosed Carousel of Happiness turns to the music of a restored 1913 Wurlitzer Band Organ, and is home to a gift shop, toy store and do-it-yourself puppet theater. The Carousel is available for birthday parties and private events, and is fully accessible for people with disabilities.
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“hand carved” (36 reviews)
“puppet show” (11 reviews)
“vietnam vet” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The story behind the carousel is inspiring. It costs $1 to ride and you can't help but smile. A Vietnam vet built it by hand and it took 26 years. He is still adding to it. You can google images of the creatures he created....More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 3 days ago

An amazing accomplishment and a testament to the healing power of art and creativity. The details of the animals were extraordinary. The story of how they came to be is just beautiful.

Thank labema22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our kids had a great time riding the carousel and we enjoyed the experience very much. Hard to imagine that the animals on the carousel are the life's work of one man! A truly unique attraction.

1  Thank namstutz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For $1, this. An't be beat for young and old alike. Well preserved beautiful wooden carousel with a magnificent Wurlitzer

Thank luv2travelwichita18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't believe it took me 20 years to find this happy place. As it says on their website, the mechanism of Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, CO was rescued by a Nederland resident and former Marine who restored it and carved all the animals...More

Thank ec80021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were two adults so we didnt ride the carousel but we checked it out. First of all, if you have kids bring them here. The tickets to ride are $1 each. Are you kidding me? So cheap. There is a cute gift shop to...More

Thank Cadygirl
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

We drove through Nederland on Sunday and it was 10:00 and the carousel did not open until 11:00 but someone was having a private party and we were able to go in and take pictures. It is very well made and absolutely beautiful. It was...More

Thank Lisa J
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

All hand carved a lot of work has gone into this huge carousel with all its coloured animals. Opens at 11am on a Sunday, perfect for kids and an unusual sight to see in this quirky town. Park down near the mall or walk down...More

Thank D P
Reviewed 16 April 2017

If you're in Nederland, you have to experience the Carousel of Happiness. Wonderful history, charming experience. Have been many times, will definitely go many more times.

Thank Mimiwillow
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Handmade carousel that you just have to see!! $1 rides, a puppet theatre upstairs, so much happiness!

Thank Mandi R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What are the hours of operation now, March 23-24?
15 March 2017|
Response from Katrina H | Property representative |
We will be open 11am - 6pm those days.