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Wheaton Miniature Train and
Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel

in Wheaton Regional Park

2002 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-563-7545 Train Information
301-650-2880 Party Room Reservations

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Ticket Information
Miniature Train
Party Room Rentals


Wheaton Train and Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel are closed for the season,* Weather permitting, the train and carousel will reopen the last week of March, 2016. We'll begin accepting reservations for the regular 2016 season on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

... the Train Station Party Room is still available for winter parties! See "Off-Season Rentals" below.

Train & Carousel Ticket Information

Tickets good for one ride on either the train or carousel are $2.00 each. Riders under the age of two years old may ride the train and carousel for no fee with a paying adult. All riders age 2 and older must purchase a ticket. Get a book of 10 for $18.00 and save 10%!

Miniature Train History

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.

Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel History

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.

In 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 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.

Party Room Rentals at Wheaton Train & Carousel

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Wheaton Train & Carousel: What a Great Place for a Party!

The Party Rooms at the Wheaton Train and Carousel are perfect for your child's next birthday party or family celebration!

  • The spacious Train Station Party Room party room features a fun train motif, and can accommodate up to 60 people.
  • The Carousel Party Room is a good, affordable option for smaller parties. It can accommodate 15 people, and is available during the regular season.
OFF-SEASON Party Room Rentals

The Train Station Party Room is available for party rentals in the off season (Saturdays and Sundays only from December though March). Neither the train nor the carousel are running, so rental rates more affordable than ever! Fee includes use of tables, chairs and refrigerator.

Off-Season_Winter Rates for Wheaton Train Party Room
Off-Season Party Room Rates (December 2015 thru March 24, 2016)
Train Station Party Room
2 hours
or 1-3pm
$ 125.00
$50 damage deposit (refundable)
5 hours
$ 250.00

The Carousel Party Room is not available in the off-season.

Questions? Call us at 301-563-7545 or email WheatonTrainCarousel@MontgomeryParks.org

REGULAR Season Party Room Rentals

As part of a Regular Season (April through September) party package at Wheaton Train & Carousel, you'll get:

  • Use of the party room
    Train Station Party Room: Choose from three party times: 10am-Noon or 1-3pm or 4-6pm
    Carousel Party Room: Choose from three party times: Noon-2pm, 3-5pm or Noon-5pm
  • Complimentary tickets
    Train Station Party Room: 20 complimentary tickets for a two-hour party
    Carousel Party Room
    : 10 complimentary tickets
    Each ticket is good for one ride on either the train or the carousel.
  • Use of tables, chairs and refrigerator
  • Special photo opportunity for the birthday boy or girl on the locomotive engine
  • Special "no-wait" priority seating on the first train ride for your whole party
Regular Season Party Room Rates

2016 Regular Season Rates will be available in February 2016.


Book Your Party ONLINE!

We are now taking reservations for Winter 2015-2016 parties at the Wheaton Train Station Party Room. We'll begin takingreservations in February 2016 for spring and summer (regular season) parties at both the Train Station Party Room and Carousel Party Room. Book your party online at www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org.

If you already have a ActiveMONTGOMERY account and know your login and PIN, you're ready to go! If you don't, why not sign up for one right now? It's free and only takes a few minutes. If you have questions about ActiveMONTGOMERY, please call 301-495-2580 M-F 10am - 4pm.

How to Book Your Party Room Online
  1. Go to www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org
  2. Click on the middle of three boxes marked "Facilities" (between "Activities" and "Memberships")
    OR click on "Reservations" in the light gray bar at the very top of the page.
  3. Click on "Quick Reserve"
  4. Click on the down arrow of the empty box titled “Reservation Group.”
    You’ll see a list of facilities that can be booked in Montgomery Parks.
    Scroll down and find “Parks Wheaton Train.”
  5. You’ll see a screen that looks something like this:
    Quick Reservation screen on ActiveMontgomery.org If you want to see all the available party times on a particular day, you don't need to fill in times in the top screen--just click “Check Availablity.”

    In the example shown above, the 10-3 (5-hour) slot is open and available; the 2-hour 1-3pm slot is available, and the 10-Noon slot is available.
    Click on the first empty box of the party time you’d like to reserve (it’s the only one you can click on; the others are grayed out), and the boxes for the other hours in that time slot will automatically fill.
  6. Click on the date you want to "View Available Times"
    NOTE: Even though "View Available Times" might appear on a particular date, it may not be possible to book the Train Party Room on that particular date, especially during the off-season. The Train Station Party Room is only available to rent Saturdays and Sundays December through mid-April).
  7. You'll then see a screen that says "Facility Availability Information" with choices of specific party times. Click the blue "Book" button on the time/hours you want.

    Red Check Marks are bad

    Really important NOTE: Be sure to pick the time you want from this screen. Once you've gone on to the "Online Quick Reserve" page, it may look like you'll be able to pick from the different party time options, but you won't be able to.
  8. Now you're on the "Online Quick Reserve" page for the specific day and hours you chose. The date you chose in the prior screen should now show in the "Reservation Date." You don't really have to enter the start and end time in the "Time Range" boxes in the top-half "Selection" part of the screen--just click on the hour box/es in the bottom part of the screen (the "Availability for (your date)" part).
  9. Enter your "Event Name" (e.g. "Pelecanos Birthday Party") and the number of guests you expect in the "Attend" box.
    Really important NOTE: If you see red check marks in the time slots in this chart, it means the date is not available (even though the calendar grid gave you a "Book" option...).

    Red Checks are Bad
  10. At this point, you can hit the "Calculate Charges" button ands see what the rental fee will be (including your refundable deposit).
  11. If everything looks good (double-check both your date time in the top half of this screen), click on the "Reserve" button.

More Great Places to...

Other places to party in the parks: Ice rinks and Wheaton Sports Pavilion



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: July 21, 2014 AI