The Carousel of Happiness opened to an adoring crowd on Memorial Day Weekend in 2010, the culmination of a 26-year-long carving and restoration project by Nederland resident Scott Harrison, whose Vietnam War experience inspired the project. Since then, the carousel has given more than 800,000 rides to 'kids of all ages' from around Colorado and the world.
The 108-year old Looff carousel, with its delightful, growing menagerie carved by Harrison--now numbering 70 animals--is located in the Nederland Shopping Center, next to The Train Cars on Colo. 119.
The carousel building also houses a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ, gift shop, children’s puppet theatre, and the “Somewhere Else” wall, another whimsical work of art created by Harrison in 2014. The exhibit presents a gateway to another dimension where the carousel animals come and go when no one is watching.
The Carousel is near Nederland's town park, with playground equipment, including toddler-appropriate, and a covered picnic area, kids fishing pond and grass area for flying kites and playing. The Carousel is also 1.5 miles from Mud Lake (Boulder County Open Space), a popular hiking area for families and kids, and next to the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center where kids can pet a turtle and learn about the environment around them.
The Carousel is on the way to and from Eldora Ski Resort and a popular spot to stop after skiing... a great reward for a good day on the hill. Nederland also boasts a full size, outdoor ice skating rink.
The Carousel is enclosed and open all year. In the winter, the Carousel closes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Call for days and times.
The Carousel can be rented out for parties and there is a small room for parties with under 10 kids.
Monday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-7:00 pm