Carousel of Happiness
Carousel of Happiness
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. Rides are now $3, or 10 for $25. 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, storytelling booth and do-it-yourself puppet theater. The Carousel is available to rent for birthday parties and private events, and is fully accessible for people with disabilities.
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Pana-X8
Raleigh, NC73 contributions
Aug 2022
You would think that carousels are for kids, which they are. But this one has a magic about it that makes great for all ages. The animal (and some people) carvings are beautifully done, the ride is like gliding, and the music almost three-dimensional. Everyone there is transported.
Written August 31, 2022
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anjelina55
Florida117 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Such an amazing little place in a cute little mountain town. So glad we stopped here as it ended up being one of the highlights of our vacation. Take some time to look around when you are there and take it all in. Listen to the story behind the making of this carousel. I was moved to tears. It’s a special little gem.
Written June 19, 2022
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emi
Naples, FL9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Colorful whimsical hand carved animals, a Wurlitzer playing contemporary music, and lots of smiles. A real find in Nederland. Don’t miss it!
Written June 8, 2022
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Dave O
8 contributions
Dec 2021
It is impossible to be UN-happy at the Carousel of Happiness!!! Very nice people there. I was allowed to get up close and personal with the Wurlitzer band machine, which was amazing! Worth the trip on its own. Bring the kids (of all ages). They'll have a blast too.
Written January 6, 2022
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Headhunter1998
Riverside, IL38 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The fascinating story behind why the carousel even exists, the beautiful craftsmanship of the wooden animals, the lively Wurlitzer music playing as we rode (Bad Moon Rising by CCR), and the friendly staff made this experience one for the memory bank. If you are anywhere near Nederland (25 minutes west of Boulder), do yourself a favor and slow down your life for a few minutes to enjoy the sincere happiness that Vietnam veteran Scott Harrison has provided our world.
Written July 18, 2021
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Barbara M
Springfield, MO3,328 contributions
Jul 2021
Inexpensive, impressive that one guy carved all this, and it was delightful music the whole time. Upstairs is a puppet "gallery" where you can put on shows. A friend mine put on a little show for a couple of children. Great fun, and we WERE happy--all 3 of us.
Written July 15, 2021
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Kathy F
Crandall, TX34 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Very cool to find this little gem in a small mountain tourist town. Doubly surprised, they only charged us $3 for 3 tickets, the baby, 1yr old, was free. Also has an interesting history.
Written June 8, 2021
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Travelin Exec
Julesburg, CO1 contribution
Oct 2020
Wonderful experience. You can't help but smile from deep inside while riding the Carousel of Happiness. As hokey as it sounds, it's true. I'm a grumpy old guy and was very skeptical - totally caught off guard by this amazing experience. Such a labor of love; 26 years of hand restoration to restore a 1910 carousel as part of therapy to heal from the Vietnam War. Don't miss this opportunity to have a deep down happy feeling for $2.
Written October 6, 2020
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Thank you! We’re glad you came and enjoyed your visit to the Carousel!
Written November 8, 2020
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VespagirL55
Bisbee, AZ703 contributions
Sep 2020
Heard about the Carousel many years ago, and finally got a chance to ride. What a charming, lovingly maintained attraction. Seven of us (adults and kids) were all pleased by our visit. Good COVID protocol: only 10 people per ride. Our group got to ride by ourselves. Fun for all to pick their carousel character to ride. Nice little gift shop helps support the carousel and charity. A must-do if you're in the area.
Written October 1, 2020
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Thank you! We’re glad your group enjoyed visiting the Carousel of Happiness!
Written November 8, 2020
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Sarah S
Westminster, CO1,122 contributions
Mar 2019
We were so excited when we were able to ride this carousel after tasting wine at Augustina's winery next door during Nederland's Frozen Dead Guy Days. It's iconic.
Written January 25, 2020
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