20 Lakeview Drive
Nederland, CO , 80466
Phone: (303) 258-3457
The Carousel of Happiness is located in the heart of historic Nederland, one hour from Denver on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Our restored 1910 Carousel features 56 whimsical, handcarved animals turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer Band Organ.
A unique exhibit of Folk Art, the 36 Carousel animals were born of the carver’s imagination and a labor of love that took 22 years and counting. He designed and carved each of them from basswood and decorated them with acrylic paint using techniques employed by carousel carvers for more than a century. The collection includes a Horse, of course, and a Pig, a Dolphin, a Dragon-Boat, a Great Blue Heron, a Cow and a load of whimsical surprises.
The hand crank machine is located in the entrance lobby. The 4 designs are: