A nonprofit arts & culture organization  •  Nederland, CO  •  303.258.3457

Visit the Carousel

The Carousel of Happiness is open year-round, although days and times vary according to the season. View current hours above.  View COVID-19 Updates here.


The Carousel is located just off Colo. 119 in the Caribou Village Shopping Center between the Train Cars and the Wild Bear Nature Center. Our address is 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466.


We recently increased our ride price to $3 per ride due to the impact on our operations from the pandemic. Infants younger than 9 months old still ride free! Frequent riders can purchase 10-ride punch cards for $25, and we also offer membership packages.


As part of the Carousel’s values to be respectful and inclusive, we are an accessible destination for people with disabilities. We have a wheelchair ramp, step stools, and our facility is walker-friendly. The carousel also has several stationary benches and easy-to-ride seats. We can offer headphones for sensitive ears, or turn off the music entirely for riders with special needs. Our restrooms are handicapped-accessible and have diaper-changing stations.

Puppet Theater

In addition to our main spinning attraction, the Carousel of Happiness has an upstairs puppet theater housed in a restored band organ facade. The puppet theater is a popular family favorite as an attraction for creative play with our selection of gently used animal puppets. There is also an observation window that is great for watching the carousel’s 100-year-old gears turn. 

Story Catcher Booth

Storytelling is part of the magic behind the Carousel of Happiness. Wonderful, untold stories are all around us, and inside you. The Carousel invites riders to take a moment to share their own unique stories with friends or family in our Story Catcher sound booth. 

  • Interview a friend or family member, or tell your own story
  • Professional recording equipment and sound quality
  • Up to 20 minutes of recording
  • File saved to USB drive compatible with both Mac and PC
  • You own the recording—share it with whomever you wish
  • $10 suggested donation includes your USB drive

How to Catch a Story — Download these tips on how to tell a great story so you can start planning your storytelling experience today!

The Wonder Box

What makes you wonder?  Here at the Carousel, sharing your stories and creativity inspires us.  The Carousel invites riders to take a moment to write a message, or draw a picture, share their experience, and tell about what brings “Wonder” to their life. 

Directions from Denver/Boulder

Take U.S. 36 west from Denver to Boulder. In Boulder, turn left onto CO-119/Canyon Blvd. Continue on Colo. 119 for 18 miles. When you reach Nederland, take a left at the traffic circle, cross the bridge and continue until you see the red train cars on your left.  Turn left onto Lakeview Drive and then turn right into the shopping center parking lot.  GoogleMaps>>

Nederland Area

For links and information on what else to do in the area, visit the Nederland activities page.

Group Visits

Please see our group visits for more information.

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11am to 5pm






11am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm

Last ride of the day at 4:45pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information