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Carousel of Happiness

20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Makes you smile

Just a treasure to visit. Every time I visit with my kids I am grinning from ear to ear... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nicholas B
Nederland, Colorado
Gem in the mountains

The carousel is always something we try to make a special adventure to, 30 or so minutes outside... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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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” (39 reviews)
“puppet show” (11 reviews)
“vietnam vet” (9 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, CO 80466
+1 303-258-3457
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Just a treasure to visit. Every time I visit with my kids I am grinning from ear to ear. Sometimes I ride sometimes I just watch. Any visitor of any age in Nederland should visit the Carousel of Happiness.

Thank Nicholas B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The carousel is always something we try to make a special adventure to, 30 or so minutes outside Boulder and an hour or so spent there exploring and riding multiple times.

Thank LittleKings
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Wow what fun. All the animals are hand carved by a local. The carousel and the music are all rebuilt and look brand new. Only a dollar per ride.

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 4 October 2017

you have to see this to believe it ,the guy has restored a antique that is out of this world . I am 58 and enjoyed riding as much as the kids!! Take the time to thru Ned and ride a classic at over 8000ft...More

Thank scottkucera
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

This carousel is just magical and beautiful with hand crafted animals and musical magic. Definitely a delightful place for kids and big kids as well

Thank suzieFortCollins
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

This is my favorite place to go when in Nederland. The carousel is all volunteer and was/is still being restored by a Vietnam vet. The hand carved animals are beautiful

Thank mamajj1957
Reviewed 15 September 2017

I went there with some friends and their little kids. They ended up riding the ride twice over the week and loved it both times. The detail of the animals is really cool and the music that they play as the carousel goes around is...More

Thank 197stevee
Reviewed 18 August 2017

You cannot walk out of this place not feeling happy! A ride on a beautiful Carousel, lovingly restored, is a family experience not to be missed!

Thank Rosalie R
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This carousel was recovered and took years to create. My cousin helped with the metal work, and each animal took a year to carve. It's cool for the whole family and only costs $1 to ride.

Thank Jotripper
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Soooo glad we did this, felt embarrassed about it at first to be adults riding a carousel but you can't go and not take a ride on it. It's awe inspiring and I can't wait to go back. Nederland is such a cute little place...More

Thank mushroots
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15 March 2017|
Response from Katrina H | Property representative |
We will be open 11am - 6pm those days.