Summer is a time for picnicking, visits to the park and carousel rides with the kids. Here is a family friendly place that’s hard to beat and the price is right. Plus it’s nearby Niagara Falls attractions, and only an hour’s drive from Rochester.
Olcott Beach Carousel Park is at 5979 Main Street, Olcott, NY. It opens up for summer on May 24 and operates until Labor Day. Its on the south shore of Lake Ontario, 30 miles north east of Niagara Falls 12 miles north of Lockport NY.
The park is composed of vintage kiddies rides reminiscent of the 1940-1950’s era. Its five rides include a 40’s boat ride, a 50’s Rocket swing ride, a kiddie Ferris wheel, a 1946 Allen Herschel Kiddies Auto/Fire Truck ride and a 1940’s Allen Herschel Sky Fighter.
It has a 1928 Herschell-Spillman carousel, a 1931 Wurlitzer military band organ, skee ball and a vintage arcade. A replica of an early 1900’s theater feature puppet shows, magic shows, and musical performances.
This park may seem too good to be true, but it was accomplished after much work. Community volunteers formed a committee in 1999 that were involved with all aspects of its operation. Their goal was creation of an affordable, family friendly attraction.
After securing photos of the original Olcott Beach Carousel Park of the 40’s, the task was securing vintage replacements for the long gone attractions. The plans second phase were staging fundraisers to finance the park. Complete both phases required Commitment, but were accomplished setting the endeavor in action. Volunteers operate all aspects of the park forming Olcott Beach Carousel Park, Inc as a not-for-profit corporation. The park had its grand opening on May 17, 2003.
Special events are scheduled during the months of its operation. July 4th is Patriots Day Parade, July 14 Family Friendly Pirate Movie, July 26 & 27 Old Olcott Days & National Band Organ Rally. Next on August 12 Jazz Sea Sunset, August 24 Twelfth Anniversary & Roaring 20’s Community Appreciation Day, and September 1, 2014 (Labor Day).
Olcott is a hamlet of 1.241 that some locals call Olcott Beach. It is located on the south Lake Ontario shore at the merging of Eighteen Mile Creek merges the lake.
Lockport is a town of 20,529 population, its name based on the series of canal locks nearby on the Erie Canal. The town was established in 1824, the year the canal passed, with construction. It is 13 miles south of Olcott Beach Carousel Park.
Olcott Beach Carousel Park is only a 75 minute drive of 65 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 west past Batavia exiting route 78 north. Then nearing Lake Ontario drive on to Olcott Beach.
Here is one of the many rave reviews of the park.
SO MUCH FUN and a great deal too!!