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2002 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-942-6703 Train Information
301-650-2880 Party Room Reservations
Train & Carousel, Adventure Playground and Four Shelters Remain OPEN
Please pardon our mess! Montgomery Parks is repairing and improving the trails and pathways in Wheaton Regional Park to make them safer and ADA-compliant; construction is underway and will continue through May 15. Wheaton Train & Carousel, Wheaton Adventure Playground, and Picnic Shelters A, B, C and H will remain OPEN during construction. For safety reasons, Picnic Shelters D, E, F and G will be closed until construction is completed.
Restrooms are also expected to be closed during the week of April 8 until April 15 while water pipes are replaced. Port-a-johns will be available for park visitor use during this time.
Park visitors are advised to use caution near construction areas. Thank you for your patience as we improve Wheaton Regional Park. For more information, visit www.ParkProjects.org or call 301-495-2595.
2013 Wheaton Train & Carousel Schedule
|Train and Carousel||Party Room Rentals|
|March 23 - April 2||Open Daily for Spring Break, 10am-6pm||Both Train Party Room and Carousel Party Room available at in-season rates|
|April||Open Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-6pm|
|May 1 - August 26||Open Daily Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-7pm
|August 26 - 30||Closed|
|August 31||Open 10am-6pm|
|September||Open Labor Day, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-6pm|
|October||Open select dates for Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel Halloween event||Both Party Rooms unavailable|
|November||Train and carousel closed for the season||Train Party Room available at off-season rates; Carousel Party Room unavailable|
early April 2014
Tickets good for one ride on either the train or carousel are $1.75 each, and children under age 2 may ride free with a paying adult. Get a book of 10 for $15.75 and save 10%!
The Party Rooms at the Wheaton Train and Carousel are perfect for your child's next birthday party or family celebration! We are now accepting reservations for spring, summer and fall 2013 rentals. Download the 2013 Wheaton Train & Carousel brochure here for all the information you'll need, including "Frequently Asked Questions" and an application.
As part of a Regular Season (March 23-September 30, 2013) birthday party package at Wheaton Train & Carousel, you'll get:
We'll begin taking reservations for parties for next year's Off-Season (December 2013-early April 2014) at the end of September 2013.
If you have questions after reading the brochure, call us at 301-650-2880 (please be sure to leave a message if a live person doesn't answer!).
2013 Wheaton Train & Carousel brochure
The miniature train is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington, a 4-2-4T steam locomotive purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad and named in honor of Collis P. Huntington, President of the Southern Pacific Company. Passengers depart the train station for a 12 minute tour of the park’s forests and meadows, over a trestle bridge and past Pine Lake.
Children young and old are enchanted by this historic symbol of bygone days. The beautiful Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel was built by the Herschell Spillman Company of Tonawanda, New York in 1915. It features 33 jumping horses, three zebras and two chariots, making it a mixture of Herschell-Spillman (circa 1905-1915), Spillman Engineering (circa 1920) and Allen Herschel (circa 1920) carvings.
During the 19th century, carousels were common features at city parks, carnivals, state fairs or resorts, and thousands of beautifully decorated, hand-built structures with delightful hand-carved animals were manufactured. Of the thousands produced during that time, only a few hundred survive. From the 1960s until the 1981 this carousel was operated on the Mall in Washington, D.C., when it was acquired by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and relocated to Wheaton Regional Park.
From I-495 take Exit 31 for Georgia Avenue/MD 97 North. Follow Georgia Avenue for almost 3 miles, then turn right onto Shorefield Road. Continue on Shorefield Road until you reach the parking area.
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Date of last update: March 8, 2013 SH