Glen Echo Park was first developed in 1891 and by the early 1900s, the site had become Glen Echo Amusement Park, the premier amusement park serving the Washington area until 1968. In 1971, the National Park Service began managing the park and collaborated with artists and art organizations to create a rich arts and education program. Today the park is managed by the nonprofit Glen Echo Partnership for the Arts and Culture, Inc, and is host to many resident arts and cultural organizations, artists studios, a thriving social dance program, a restored carousel, and numerous classes in visual and performing arts.
Praline Bakery & Bistro opened its doors just done the road from Glen Echo Park in Bethesda, in April 2006. The culmination of years of partnership and planning by co-owners, Patrick Musel and Susan Limb, whose love of fine cuisine and talent for creating delectable pastries led them to open the area's most authentic from scratch French Bakery. Praline's scrumptious pastries are made fresh daily using the finest ingredients available and time-honored techniques.