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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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Download a copy of the 2015 Wheaton Train & Carousel Brochure

Special Events

Ticket Information
Miniature Train
Party Room Rentals


2015 Wheaton Train & Carousel Schedule

  Train and Carousel Dates & Hours of Operation Party Room Rentals
June 2015 -
September 2015

June 1 - August 30
Open Weekdays 10am-6pm
Open Saturdays & Sundays 10am-7pm

September: Open Labor Day, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-7pm


Train Party Room
and Carousel Party Room available at
IN-season rates.
October 2015 Open October 10 & 11, 16-18, 23-25 & 28-31 for annual
Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel
Party Rooms Unavailable
November 2015 Train and Carousel Closed for the Season Party Rooms Unavailable
December 2015 - early April 2016 Train and Carousel Closed for the Season Train Party Room available at off-season rates. Carousel Party Room unavailable.

Special Events

Wheaton Haunted Train & Creepy Carousel Opens October 10!

Ride the Wheaton Haunted Train & Creepy Carousel--if you dare!

The Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel each feature very frightening sights, sounds and creatures. This event is not suitable for children younger than 8 years old--we aim to scare!

We'll show scary Halloween movies and have light refreshments for sale. Costumes are encouraged.
Please bring canned food items for your neighbors in need--we'll give your donations to Mid-County United Ministries.


Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 16-18


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 23-25


Wednesday through Saturday, October 28-31


  • Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 1 at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org
  • Admission: $6 per person, good for one ride each on both the CP Hauntington and Creepy Carousel.
  • Trains run on the half-hour, from 6:30-8:30pm each evening.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your chosen departure time.
  • Your ActiveMONTGOMERY confirmation is your ticket, so be sure to bring it with you!

*Purchase tickets for specific departure times at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org. Hover over "Activities" and click on "Events," then take it from there. Your ActiveMONTGOMERY confirmation is your ticket, so be sure to bring it with you!

If you'd like a fun (not frightening) option, head over to the Cabin John "Eye Spy" Halloween Train!

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 other riders ages 2 and older must purchase a ticket. Get a book of 10 for $18.00 and save 10%!

Miniature Train

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

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 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 Station

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Reserve Your Dates for the Wheaton Train & Carousel Party Rooms!

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 April, 2015 - September, 2015 rentals. Download a copy of the 2015 Wheaton Train & Carousel Brochure here for all the information you'll need, including "Frequently Asked Questions." If you have questions after reading the brochure, call us at 301-563-7545 (please be sure to leave a message if a live person doesn't answer!).

  • 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 (maximum 15 people, only available during the regular season, April 4 - September 30, 2015)

As part of a Regular Season (April 4 - September 30, 2015) birthday party package at Wheaton Train & Carousel, you'll get:

  • Use of the Party Room for two (2) hours
    Choose from 10am-Noon, 1-3pm or 4-6pm for the Train Party Room
    and Noon-2pm or 3-5pm for the Carousel Party Room
  • Use of tables, chairs and refrigerator
  • 20 complimentary train tickets for a two-hour party in the Train Party Room, and 10 with the Carousel Party Room. Each ticket is good for one ride on either the train or the carousel.
  • 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

Book Your Party at the Wheaton Train and Carousel ONLINE!

We will be accepting reservations for spring and summer parties at the Wheaton Train Station and Carousel Party Rooms. You will be able to book your party online at www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org. For instructions on how to book your party room online, please click here.

How to Book Your Party Room Online
If you already have a ActiveMONTGOMERY account and know your login and PIN number, you're ready to go! If you don't have a ActiveMONTGOMERY 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 ActiveMONTGOMERY, please call 301-495-2580 M-F 10am - 2pm.

Go to www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.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!


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