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A Gem among Amusement Parks

Midway State Park
Midway State Park
samuel hoff

Start with a classic carousel ride, and then spin on the tilt a whirl, bumper boats, go-karts, a game of miniature golf, or the kiddies’ rides. Midway State Park has a total of 21 rides to enjoy. They also sell old-fashioned cotton candy and candy apples.

Midway State Park has provided a family friendly atmosphere since its early days. It is recognized as the 15th oldest continually operating amusement park in the country and the 50th oldest remaining trolley park at Maple Springs NY.

A picnic shelters is handy for family reunions and get togethers. Leashed pets are permitted on grounds only. The parks location alongside the waters of Chautauqua Lake provides free docking for aquatic visitors and a great place for fishing.

Park hours
Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor day
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fees and rates
Single ticket price $1.25
Attraction ticket $5.00
8 ticket value pack $9.00
Park Address
4859 route 430
Bemus Point, N

Jamestown, Chautauqua & Lake Erie Railroad was the first of a succession of rail companies operating on Chautauqua Lake’s eastern side. Jamestown & Lake Erie Railroad first established the trolley park as a picnic ground in 1898.

The park was a pioneer to today’s amusement parks. Trolley parks were started in the country as picnic and recreation areas at the end of streetcar lines in large cities. They were created to attract people giving a reason for riding their streetcar. Initially the park had tennis courts, playing fields, a dance hall and a bathhouse.

Chautauqua Lake is 17 miles long and 2 miles wide with a maximum depth of 78 feet. The lake is primarily used for boating, fishing and tourism although nearly all its shoreline is privately owned. It is the highest navigable body of water in North America at 1,308” elevation.
The lake is popular for fishermen with a population of bass, perch, and pike but best known for its Muskie (Muskellunge) native to the lake. They are often over 30” long offering an exciting battle.

Long Point State Park is 3 miles south of Midway State Park. The 320-acre day use park has, a playground, picnic area pavilions, beach, fishing, swimming, hiking on nature trails, and a boat launch.

Fourteen miles southeast of Midway State Park is Johnstown, a city of 31,146. It is northwest of Lake Erie and south of Allegheny National Forest. It was known as the "Furniture Capital of the World" and currently Bush Industries produce ready-to assemble furniture. Milk is its primary agricultural product with the Concorde grape harvest only second to California.

Midway State Park is a 2 1/2 hour drive of 137 miles from Rochester NY. Drive west on I-90 Thruway through Buffalo to Westfield then south on route 394 and south on route 340 following signs to Midway State Park.
Here are one visitor’s thoughts on Midway Park.
“It is a great little park for the young and old to enjoy and very safe.”