Wheaton Miniature Train and Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel

The Wheaton Miniature Train and Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel offer a unique and whimsical adventure for the family as two of the crown jewels of the Montgomery Park system. Drop by while you enjoy many of the other fine attractions in Wheaton Regional Park or make it a destination for your next party in one of our reservable “party rooms”.

Tickets and 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%!

2016 Wheaton Train and Carousel Schedule

Dates Hours of Operation (weather permitting) Party Room Rentals
April 2016 – September 2016

April: OPEN Saturdays and Sundays 10am-6pm

May: OPEN Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day 10am-6pm
OPEN Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-6pm

June 1-August 28: OPEN Saturdays, Sundays and, Weekdays 10am-6pm

August 29-September 2: CLOSED

September: OPEN Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day 10am-6pm

Party Rooms available at in-season rates
October 2016

OPEN on selected dates for Halloween Train

Party Rooms Unavailable
November 2016

Train CLOSED for the Season

Party Rooms Unavailable
December 2016 – early April 2017

Train CLOSED for the Season

Party Rooms available at off-season rates

History

Miniature Train

The Wheaton 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 wonderful 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.

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 Rooms

Train Station Party Room

The spacious Train Station Party Room party room features a fun train motif, and can accommodate up to 60 people.

REGULAR Season Train Party Room Rental:

As part of a Regular Season (March 25-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
  • Complimentary tickets
    Train Station Party Room: 20 complimentary tickets for a two-hour party (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
In-Season Party Room Rates (March 25 through September 2016)
Train Station Party Room (max 60 occupants)
2 hours
10am-Noon, 1-3pm, 4-6pm
$ 200.00
5 hours
10am-3pm or 1-6pm
$ 400.00

OFF-SEASON Train Party Room Rental:

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 Party Room Rates (December 2015 thru March 24, 2016)
Train Station Party Room
2 hours
10am-Noon or 1-3pm
$ 125.00
5 hours
10am-3pm
$ 250.00

Carousel Party Room

REGULAR Season Carousel Party Rental:

As part of a Regular Season (March 25-September) party package at Wheaton Train & Carousel, you’ll get:

  • Use of the party room
    Carousel Party Room: Choose from three party times: Noon-2pm or 3pm-5pm or Noon-5pm
  • Complimentary tickets
    Carousel Party Room: 10 complimentary tickets for a two-hour party (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
In-Season Party Room Rates (March 25 through September 2016)
Carousel Party Room (max 15 occupants)
2 hours
Noon-2pm, 3-5pm
$ 50.00
5 hours
Noon-5pm
$ 100.00

OFF-SEASON Carousel Party Room Rental:

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

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

Last Updated: August 15, 2016