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Watkins Antique Carousel, Train & Miniature Golf

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

Follow the yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz Imagination playground to fun for the entire family!  

*The train/carousel and miniature golf are closed for the season! See you next year!!

Hours of Operation:

PLEASE NOTE: Ticket sales end 15 minutes prior to closing for the train and carousel, and 30 minutes prior to closing for miniature golf.

Spring Hours 
Saturdays, May 6, 13, & 20  - 12 noon-5 pm
Sundays, May 7, 14, & 21 - 12 noon-5 pm

Thursdays, May 11, 18 & 25 - 10 am-3 pm
Fridays, May 12, 19 & 26 - 10 am-3 pm
Summer Hours 
Saturday, May 27, 2017 ~ Sunday, August 20, 2017
*Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm
*Sunday, 12 noon-5 pm

Closed Mondays 
(except May 29, Memorial Day; September 4, Labor Day. Closes at 4 pm July 4, Independence Day)

Fall hours
Open weekends only! August 21 - October 1, 2017 
Saturdays, 10 am – 7 pm; Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm

Season ends October 1!

The Chesapeake Carousel

Watkins Regional Park_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; This year, we are celebrating 40 years at Watkins Regional Park.  

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 Regional Park_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, hand built by Chance Rides, made its inaugural appearance at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Kinderfest at the park.

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. 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:

  • balloons
  • (1) mini train or carousel sticker book per child
  • 2-hour patio reservation
  • 6-foot folding table
  • (1) wristband per guest good for rides of choice
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.