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Watkins Antique Carousel, Train & Miniature Golf

Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Complex opens Saturday May 6 for the 2017 season! Hours of operation coming soon!

The Chesapeake Carousel

mom and son on carousel Located within Watkins Regional Park, the Chesapeake Carousel is believed to have been constructed by Gustav Dentzel at the turn of the century.

The carousel operated at Chesapeake Beach through 1972. Restoration has been ongoing since its acquisition by M-NCPPC in 1974; it was re-opened to the public here in July 1977.

The carousel is open seasonally and provides delightful experiences for the young and the young-at-heart. Carousel is wheelchair accessible.


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Miniature Train

watkins miniature train Visitors to Watkins Regional Park this summer will surely delight in the miniature train. A shiny silver and black C.P. Huntington replica miniature Locomotive made its inaugural appearance at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Kinderfest at the park.

For the history buffs, the replica miniature trains and locomotives have been hand built in Wichita, Kansas by Chance Rides, Inc. for amusement parks around the globe since the early 1960s.

The red, white and blue locomotive has proudly served the park since 1970. It was Number 81, meaning the 81st one built. The new locomotive is Number 342, the 342nd one built.

For the sentimental patrons out there, you can rest easy. Old faithful Number 81 is alive and well in storage for future use and a companion to the newer model.

Bring yourself, family and friends out to ride the rails winding through the woodlands offering a close-up view of Old Maryland Farm. Be on the look out for the tree faces and wildlife along the way. Train is wheelchair accessible.

Accessibility Wheelchair

Miniature Golf

watkins mini golf Bring family and friends to play on the greens of our 18 hole course that will surely challenge your golfing skills!

Children's Birthday Parties - Permit required!

Reservations for parties will be accepted beginning Monday, March 6, 2017 for the 2017 season.

pdf small icon 2017 Birthday Party Applicationbirthday party space

Parties are offered on our outdoor patio on select dates and times during operating hours by permit only. Maximum group size is 30.  

We supply the basic decorations – you supply the food.(Cookouts are prohibited in this area).

Cost of party includes 2-hour patio reservation, a 6-foot folding table, balloons, and one mini train or carousel sticker book per child. Each party guest (up to the 30 maximum allowed per rental) will receive a wristband good for rides of choice. Wristband is good only during the rental period and will expire 1/2 hour after conclusion of the rental time.

Birthday Party Fees

Residents: $175; Non-Residents: $228 

There is a separate $50 refundable security deposit for each party. 

Rental payment is required at time of reservation and is non-refundable. At least one week's notice is required for parties. Personal checks are NOT accepted for payment on reservations made with less than 14 days notice. 

For details and booking requirements, call 301-218-6700.

Please note: The last day for 2017 Birthday Party Bookings on the patio is Sunday, September 24.

2017 Fees

Train or Carousel Resident* Non-Resident
$2.00 $2.50
Group Rate (10 or more)
$1.75 $2.25
Mini-Golf $5.00 person per round $6.50 person per round
(Cash, Visa, MasterCard only)

*Resident: those who reside in Prince George's or Montgomery County. Proof of residency required.

Please Note
  • EVERYONE MUST PURCHASE A TICKET TO RIDE REGARDLESS OF AGE! No refunds on ticket sales. Tickets are honored throughout the season.
  • For safety reasons, a paying adult is required to accompany and supervise children ages 2 and under on all rides.
  • No pets permitted on rides or mini golf course. (with the exception of service animals)
  • Checks are not accepted on site! Organizations needing to pay by a company check are required to contact the Manager at 301-218-6700 at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the visit to make payment arrangements.
  • Rides are weather sensitive and may be closed during inclement weather conditions.