I Explored An Abandoned Amusement Park And Found Art Deco Architecture That Has Been Overrun By Nature


Joey HaddenMarch 17, 2022, 04:10 IST

  • I explored the ruins of an amusement park that was abandoned when people stopped visiting it.
  • Since then, nature has taken back control of Glen Echo Park. And artists too, from sculptors to musicians.

These structures were intended to be used for a National Mall project that never materialized and were repurposed in 1972 for classrooms and art studios, according to AFAR.

These structures were intended to be used for a National Mall project that never materialized and were repurposed in 1972 for classrooms and art studios, according to AFAR.

Yurts at Glen Echo Park.Joey Hadden/Insider

Classes teach students skills such as glass blowing, photography and how to work with textiles and mosaics, according to the same source.

Classes teach students skills such as glass blowing, photography and how to work with textiles and mosaics, according to the same source.

A yurt at Glen Echo Park.Joey Hadden/Insider

Next to the yurts, I saw an aquarium open by appointment only. Inside, there are animal exhibits and interactive exhibits, as well as a submarine, according to the aquarium’s website.

Next to the yurts, I saw an aquarium open by appointment only.  Inside, there are animal exhibits and interactive exhibits, as well as a submarine, according to the aquarium's website.

The entrance to the Glen Echo Park Aquarium.Joey Hadden/Insider

At the end of the park was a wooded area with a peaceful stream and a bridge. It was the perfect way to end my trip to this abandoned wilderness wonderland.

At the end of the park was a wooded area with a peaceful stream and a bridge.  It was the perfect way to end my trip to this abandoned wilderness wonderland.

Nature surrounding Glen Echo Park.Joey Hadden/Insider

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