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Great Falls and Good Times


We arrived on a beautiful day, ready to explore Glen Echo Park and the C&O Canal. The Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in Potomac has boat tours Wednesday-Sunday. The boat is actually pulled by mules that walk along the path and pull the boat. The tour guides are dressed in period clothing and we felt like we stepped back in time! About a quarter of a mile walk is the overlook of Great Falls and we saw some Olympic kayakers practicing.


Lunchtime! The Irish Inn at Glen Echo or the Old Angler’s Inn are both great options. After lunch, we took a tour of the Clara Barton House, which commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The tours start every hour on the hour and are free of charge. It’s hard to believe that the Red Cross once operated out of this small house, and much of the antiquated equipment is still on display.


You can park at the Clara Barton House and then after your tour, just walk over the bridge to Glen Echo Park, which was an amusement park in the 1960’s. The old neon signs make it very retro! Now the park has hundreds of visual and performing art classes and resident artists. From April - September, the restored 1921 Dentzel Carousel is open and it’s absolutely beautiful.


There’s also The Spanish Ballroom which has dances nightly - everything from swing to salsa to zydego.


Please call to confirm availability before planning your day.


C&O Canal: (301) 767-3714 Clara Barton Historical Site: (301) 320-1410 Glen Echo Park: (301) 634-2222


Montgomery County, MD Visitor Guide • www.visitmontgomery.com 15


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