Carousel of Happiness

Carousel of Happiness, Nederland: Hours, Address, Carousel of Happiness Reviews: 5/5

Carousel of Happiness
5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
About
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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< 1 hour
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Headhunter1998
Riverside, IL37 contributions
Five Minutes of Sincere Happiness
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, MO2,970 contributions
We loved it. Aptly named!
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
Unexpected delight
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
Magical Experience - Don't Miss It!
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, AZ615 contributions
Best $2 I've spent in some time
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, CO1,106 contributions
Super kitchy fun
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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Nick P
Norman, OK95 contributions
Lovely and entertaining
Nov 2019
A wonderful story for a beautiful carousel. The staff was very friendly and informative. One of the highlights of town I must add
Written November 13, 2019
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Kyra Y
Greeley, CO32 contributions
Cheap and REALLY beautiful, fun trip with kids or just adults.
Nov 2019 • Friends
It's definitely made for kiddos, but adults can ride too and there's plenty of history to keep you busy! Only $2 to ride, honestly a beautiful little gem in the heart of the town. Fun story to learn about!
Written November 11, 2019
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Victoria F
Los Angeles, CA62 contributions
An unexpected gem!
Sep 2019
The story of the restoration of this carousel is a wonderful story. Nederland resident Scott Harrison not only brought the.carousel to Nederland but carved.the.animals over the.course of 27 years. The citizens raised the.money to house the carousel. This is the best $2 you will spend on a visit and leave with a big smile! Enchanting!
Written October 13, 2019
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Thanks for visiting, Victoria--and for sharing your experience. We hope you'll come again sometime!
Written October 15, 2019
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Tennessee_Nomads
Northeast Tennessee358 contributions
An enjoyable visit to yesteryear.
Sep 2019
OFF THE BEATEN PATH: In Nederland Colorado you will find the whimsical 1910 Loof carousel with 56 hand-carved animals. Scott Harrison is a Vietnam Vet and a gift of a music box and the image of a carousel in a mountain meadow calmed him while in Vietnam.
Years later he rescued this Loof carousel, which had no animals and didn’t run. It took him 26 years to hand carve the 56 playful animals and with the help of friends he restored the carousel and the 1913 Wurlitzer Band Organ which created the Carousel of Happiness. An impressive carousel and great music. Thanks Scott for sharing your talents. As we got off the ride the Wurlitzer was playing Rocky Top. Being from Tennessee life doesn't get any better than that.
Written September 23, 2019
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