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.To visit Midway State Park on your holiday in Bemus Point, and find out what else Bemus Point has to offer, use our Bemus Point trip planner .
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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Midway State Park Reviews
Young children would probably appreciate this place the most. There is a train, cute little boats and a Carlisle ride with vintage horses. I came here with my mom and my teen daughter. She loved the m... more »
Took our four year old grandchildren here for a day this summer. We were heroes! The rides are the same as 60 years ago. They are well maintained and clean. It's very affordable, lines are short, and ... more »
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 »
Its a nice little amusement park. Geared towards little kids. Not many rides.
Historic and worth going to with younger children. Perfect for young families. Rides for even toddlers. Toddler-preteen age rides.
Well worth the drive from Buffalo. Old time kiddie rides on chataqua lake. Not expensive. Great for a picnic outing.
I'm giving in four stars for nostalgia. Not many rides and mostly for small kids. Tilt a whirl and bumper cars were the top rides. The carousel is very cool. I found some cool T-Shirs in the gift shop there for half price for only $6.50. Did not eat there. They have Gocarts but it was closed.
My parents took me to Midway Park in the early '80s, and now we fly in from Phoenix, AZ to take our son! New York State took over the park in 2006 and has not only done a great job keeping it up, but also expanding it. We had a hard time prying our little guy away from the water fun. Overall if you are looking for a cheap fun place to take young kids, this place is great!
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