Midway State Park, Bemus Point

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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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  • September 28, 2017
    Went there with my brother and his wife and their 6 yr old. Really enjoyed it. It's an amusement park set up for children and not adults. About 2 rides adults can do. Did one and was excellent. Fun to...  more »
  • September 4, 2017
    We visited today and found it fantastic for our 6 year old son. Very well priced and a lot of things to do. Would recommend this for everyone with younger children.  more »
  • August 31, 2017
    Brought our 2 & 5 year old boys here and it was a lot of fun! Lots of rides for them to enjoy. $15 for a kids wristband to ride unlimited (of most rides). GoKarts and a few other things were additiona...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Nice retro park. Definitely for families with young kids. Friendly people, nice atmosphere, really reasonable prices and well maintained.
  • July 4, 2017
    This is the real deal old fashioned amusement park, with great community participation. And now a creative new mini golf course, too!
  • June 28, 2017
    Planned for weeks to go to Midway with my kids while in town visiting family. It is a tradition. When I checked the hours were listed as 12-7 Wednesday, yet when we showed up they were closed all this week and next.
  • July 3, 2017
    Awesome place to take little guys they are awesome when it comes to childern
  • May 29, 2017
    The new putt putt area looks great! Seems like the rides all got tune-ups, too!

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