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Midway State Park, Bemus Point

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Theme Park Water / Amusement Park
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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  • Great for kids of the younger ages, but very quaint and lots of fun for children. Great views of the lake ... has a great carousel, a fun rollercoaster, snacks, and more.  more »
  • Our nephews loved Midway State Park - the rides are classics and everything is designed for the younger child. Midway is very clean and all the rides appear well maintained and in excellent shape. Rec...  more »
  • I remember places like this, scaled for children, from when I was young in the 1950s. This must be one of the few amusement parks that still offer you that experience. Everything was originally scaled...  more »
  • The new putt putt area looks great! Seems like the rides all got tune-ups, too!
  • Wonderful amusement part for small kids. Most of the rides are tailored to kids in the 2-8 year old range. Well maintained and very affordable.
  • The most amazing place to visit! Old school fun right on the lake. I wouldn't be who I am without having experienced this place growing up.
  • Mostly for the little ones, but they do love it. Makes a nice day trip.
  • 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.