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Midway State Park, Bemus Point

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.7/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
Located on the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake, Midway State Park is a family treasure. Originally established in 1898 as a trolley park, Midway State Park is one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the nation. The first owners of the park constructed playing fields, tennis courts, bath houses and a dance hall to entice customers to ride the trolley on weekends. In 1915, a new building was constructed with a kitchen, a large dining room and space for dancing and roller skating. Today, this building is home to a museum, gift shop, concession stands and other facilities.

Midway State Park continues to offer the same family friendly atmosphere that visitors have come to love. Patrons can take a nostalgic ride on the vintage carousel, play a game of mini golf, take a spin on the tilt-a whirl, ride the go-karts and bumper boats or watch their children enjoy themselves on the many kiddie rides. And, while some may prefer to relax while enjoying an old fashioned candy apple or cotton candy, others can test their skills at classic midway games.

Several picnic shelters are available for family reunions and company picnics. Accessible by the waters of Chautauqua Lake, Midway also is a great place for fishing and free docking is offered for day visitors.

Stepping back into time.....

Midway was originally opened as one of the thousands of "trolley parks" across the country that offered respite and recreation for families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Midway Park has endured as a destination for family fun and now ranks as the 16th oldest continually operating amusement park in the country. At the peak of it's popularity in the 1920s, Midway Park hosted events that attracted thousands of visitors who enjoyed swimming and bathing, roller skating, the dance hall, and rides that included the thrilling "Jack Rabbit" roller coaster.

Ownership of Midway Park was held by the JW & NW railroad until 1939, Thomas Carr until 1951, and the Walsh family until the park was purchased by the State of New York in 2007 and continues operations today as Midway State Park. Under the Walsh family and through a growing relationship with the Allan Herschell Co. in nearby North Tonawanda, a complete Herschell kiddyland of rides was installed in the 1950s, soon supplemented by "Dodgem" cars, the "Tilt-A-Whirl", and the carousel, still the anchors of ride activity at Midway. The games arcade, located in the former trolley depot on the grounds of the park, remains as the other focal point of park activity in the 21st century.
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  • I went to Midway with my two young kids, wife, and parents and had an excellent day out for the last day of the season. It is well priced and a great atmosphere for young children. The rides are class...  read more »
  • Here is the problem at Midway Park, which I discussed with supervisor who doesn't really care in person, You buy The all day kids pass. Great deal you think. That is your first mistake. If they are no...  read more »
  • park is still trying to improve from years of neglect by previous owner. wish they would get the rink open, spent many nites there as a kid 
  • This is a great place to visit with kids. The rides are perfect for toddlers under 40 inches to ride with parents and kids over 40 inches to ride solo. There is a small train, miniature golf, carousel, and locations for picnics. There is place that sells food and ice cream closer to the water.
  • It's a small, local amusement park. Great for little kids. There's an arcade, skating rink, bumper cars, go carts, and a dozen or so rides. Some are exclusively for toddlers, all are kid friendly.
  • I had no idea that some state parks had arcade games. We arrived by boat and play skeeball with the family. It was a great summer activity that i hope to do again next year.
  • I returned to Midway with my own kids after moving away to another state. It was like a trip back in time. My husband couldn't believe all the courtesies offered by the park: free parking, free use of picnic area, beach, low cost rides, food, arcade... Four generations enjoyed Midway, starting with my grandmother. What a jewel in the landscape of western NY. I will be making a donation to the park so that others can have this experience.
  • Awesome place for young kids and young kids at heart alike! Free picnic areas and parking plus a decent assortment of rides. Staff is very friendly and accommodatng.
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