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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!  

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 
May 5 - May 25
Thursday and Friday - 10 am-3 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 12 noon-5 pm

Summer Hours 
May 26 - September 3
Monday 11 am - 7 pm
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, 12 noon-5 pm
*Closes at 4 pm on July 4, Independence Day.

Open for Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Fall hours
September 4 - September 30
Open weekends only!
Saturdays, 10 am – 7 pm
Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm

Season ends September 30!

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 brand new miniature train. A shiny red and black C.P. Huntington replica miniature locomotive, hand built by Chance Rides, is making its inaugural appearance on Opening Day of the 2018 Season. The new train is Number 399, meaning it is the 399th one built.

The Number 342 silver and black miniature locomotive that began running in the park in 2005 is alive and well and will be here for future use as a companion to the newer model. The original Number 81 red, white and blue locomotive that proudly served the park beginning in 1970 will now be on display in the park for photo opportunities.

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. The 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!

2018 Watkins Children's Birthday Party Rental Form (PDF) 

birthday 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 the party includes:

  • balloons
  • activity booklets
  • 2-or 3-hour patio reservation
  • 6-foot folding table
  • (1) wristband per guest good for rides of choice (no more than 30)
Birthday Party Fees

Prince George's or Montgomery County Residents: $200 (2 hours), $275 (3 hours); Non-Residents: $260 (2 hours), $358 (3 hours). 

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 2018 Birthday Party Bookings on the patio is Sunday, September 30.

2018 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
  • 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 5 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.