The Carousel of Happiness is a newer addition to the town of Nederland, and yet has managed to assert itself in such a way to already feel like it has been there forever.
I'm also pretty sure they were working on making it before I was even alive, with all the hand-carved animals being made by one local man.
And it is one of those really unique local and awesome things to go do with small children or visiting touristy sorts.
(See, we have things besides beer and pot and hiking and/or skiing here. Not a lot of things, but a few.)
The animals themselves are quite pretty, although I personally think that some of the ambiance of the experience is in the other details. There are animals up on top of the carousal looking down at you. There are fairies and flowers tucked in all sorts of nooks and crannies. During the summer the walls open up, and the carousel is suddenly an outdoor experience. There is an upstairs room with a puppet theater and window seat overlooking the carousel, and watching it go around from that view is nearly as exciting as riding it to some small people (and that angle gives an excellent view of the critters hanging out on top).
And one of these days, I will manage to at least attempt to capture some of these things in picture form.