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From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and summer camps, you’ll find fun, convenient and affordable ways to entertain your entire family in Montgomery Parks! Check out information on sports and athletic classes, nature and outdoors programs, ways to explore History in the Parks, Spring and Summer Camps, and more things to do! Start planning spring fun for the entire family today.
Please Note: Due to the recent news that Montgomery County Public Schools will be in session on Monday, April 21, Wheaton Train and Carousel will not be running on that date as originally scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
We're now accepting reservations for spring and summer parties at the Wheaton Train Station and Carousel Party Rooms. NEW in 2014! You can now book your party online at www.ParkPASS.org.
If you already have a ParkPASS account and know your login and PIN number, you're ready to go! If you don't have a ParkPASS account, why not sign up for one right now? It's free and only takes a few minutes. If you sign up on a Friday, it could take up to 48 hours to get your login and PIN numbers emailed to you; turnaround is quicker if you sign up Monday-Thursday, or Sunday. If you have questions about ParkPASS, please call 301-495-2580 M-F 10am - 2pm.
How to Book Your Party Room Online
Go to www.ParkPASS.org and click on the blue “Rental Information and Booking” tab up top, then click on “Book Facility by Location” at the bottom of the page. Then in the “Complex” box, scroll down to find “Wheaton Train & Carousel.” On the next page, click and hold the arrow next to the empty “Function” box, and choose between “Wheaton Train Party Room 2 hours” or “Wheaton Train Party Room 5 hours.” Then pick your date, and available options for both the Train Party Room and the Carousel Party Room will appear. Check “Book” and click “Add,” and you’re on your way!
2014 Wheaton Train & Carousel Schedule
|Train and Carousel Dates & Hours of Operation||Party Room Rentals|
April 12-21, 2014 April 26 & 27
|Open Daily for Montgomery County Public Schools Spring Break, 10am-6pm||Train Party Room and Carousel Party Room available at
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm
|June 1 - August 24||Open Daily Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-7pm
|August 25 - 30||Closed|
|September||Open Labor Day, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-6pm|
|October||Open select dates for Wheaton Haunted Train & Creepy Carousel Halloween event||Both Party Rooms unavailable|
|November||Train and Carousel closed for the season|
|December 2014 -
early April 2015
|Train and Carousel closed for the season||Train Party Room available at off-season rates. Carousel Party Room unavailable|
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 2014 rentals. Download the 2014 Wheaton Train & Carousel brochure (coming soon) here for all the information you'll need, including "Frequently Asked Questions."
As part of a Regular Season (April 12 - September 30, 2014) birthday party package at Wheaton Train & Carousel, you'll get:
We'll begin taking reservations for parties for next year's Off-Season (December 2014-early April 2015) at the end of September 2014.
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!).
Download a copy of the 2014 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 18,, 2014 CFH