Carousel of Happiness - Restored 1910 Looff


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Kids riding on the famous carousel at The Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, Colorado.
The Carousel of Happiness - #1 Family Friendly Attraction along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway - In Nederland Colorado - DON'T DELAY JOY

Take A Spin on Nederland's Historic Carousel of Happiness - Colorado's Famous 1910 Looff Carousel - 56 Playful Hand-Carved Animals - $3 a Ride

THE CAROUSEL OF HAPPINESS - RESTORED 1910 LOOFF story began when Scott Harrison was a 19-year-old Marine Gunner serving in Vietnam. The gift of a music box, the image of a carousel in a mountain meadow calmed Scott; and, 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, whimsical, unique animals; from a moose to a pig, from a dragon to a mermaid.

DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS bring the carousel to life in our little mountain town of Nederland, west of Boulder; and visited by thousands of people every month. The Carousel of Happiness is a non-profit giving away thousands of rides every year to people who benefit from a place to find a moment of peace and happiness.

A 501-C3 NON-PROFIT: We happily except DONATIONS: Carousel of Happiness - thecvd, PO Box 1811, Nederland CO 80466.

PROUD TO BE ACCESSIBLE: We have a wheelchair ramp and step stools; our staff is walker-friendly. The carousel has several stationary benches and easy-to-ride seats.

GIFT SHOP: Bring a piece of your fun home: T-Shirts, calendars, books, patches and postcards feature pictures of the Carousel and it's lovely menagerie. Support our amazing non-profit!

HOURS OPEN BY MONTH for Carousel of Happiness - Restored 1910 Looff

MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER: Monday-Thursday 11am-5pm; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-5pm.

OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL: Open Mondays and Thursdays 11am-5pm; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-5pm, and Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

HOLIDAY HOURS: Check the website above for hours our Spring Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Winter Break hours as they vary. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

RIDES TICKETS: $3 for everyone from one to 110 years old, children under 1 ride free.


RENT THE CAROUSEL OF HAPPINESS: Rent the entire Carousel outside of our regular business hours. You the bring food and drinks for the celebration. CAROUSEL RENTAL: $500 for 2 hours; Deposit: $250 holds the date. INCLUDES: Unlimited rides.

CAROUSEL PARTY ROOM and PUPPET THEATRE RENTAL: During regular hours rent our party room and puppet theater. You bring the cake; we provide the ride tickets! PARTY ROOM RENTAL: $75/hour; Deposit: $25 holds the date. INCLUDES: 10 tickets per hour and a Birthday Banner (or see our Member's Party Package for a great deal)! PUPPET THEATRE RENTAL: $40/hr; Deposit: $25 holds the date.


LOCATION: Carousel of Happiness a Restored 1910 Looff is in north central Colorado, along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, in Nederland Colorado between Estes Park and Idaho Springs.

DIRECTIONS: From Boulder take Colorado Highway 119 (Boulder Canyon Drive) into Nederland; the Carousel is just off Highway 119 at 20 Lakeview Drive, right beside the Train Cars Coffee Shop.

DRIVE TIMES: Boulder 30 minutes. Idaho Springs 45 minutes. Estes Park, Lyons, Longmont, and Denver are all about an hour.

PHONE: 303-258-3457 to Book a birthday party, family reunion outing, wedding proposal or any occasion: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.




  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate.
  • Group Meeting Area: Indoor room.


  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Amusement Rides: On site.

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