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“Midway State Park”
Review of Midway State Park

Midway State Park
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Owner description: Our 2016 Pricing, Operational Calendar and other information is available on our webpage and our our facebook page. Please note that on all normal operating days, the rides close from 3-3:30 pm; the arcade and concessions will remain open during this time. 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. Household pets only, must be caged or on a leash no more than 6 feet and have proof of rabies inoculation. No pets in public buildings or in the amusement area.
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“Midway State Park”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Midway is fun for ALL ages. They have bumper cars, a race track, and games for older youth and adults. There are several rides, including a train that runs the perimeter of the park, for younger people. I like the fact it is big enough to entertain my grandchildren without being a circus as larger parks are.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Linda B
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Lakewood, New York
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7 reviews
“Family fun”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

For the last several years our family has been getting together for our annual reunion at Midway State Park. We rent one of the pavilions so that we have cover if there is inclement weather, but we are yet to have had a need for this. It is particularly nice to see the history of this amusement park being preserved and shared with new and old generations. I for one particularly enjoy going up to the arcade for a little skeeball or just a game of chance. Facilities are well kept, and the state seems to be putting some money into upkeep and renovation projects for the park.

Visited July 2013
Thank Brownie59
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Elmira, New York, United States
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“Fun for the Three year old and Grandma too”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We took my 3 year old granddaughter here and had a wonderful time. She was able to enjoy mostly all the rides and loved the arcade. Grandma liked it because I could spend a little money to make a big impression. Would recommend this park to all who have children ages 1 - 10.

Visited August 2013
Thank Marianne L
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Olean, New York
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4 reviews
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“Midway Park is the Real Deal”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Where else can you spend $7 for your grandchild to have fun with unlimited rides for an entire day. What a great place.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank MikeBuffalo
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Grand Cayman
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“We liked this park, but...”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

My kids had a blast, as this is our type of amusement park - manageable area, no lines, decent rides, decent number of rides. The gigantic slide was about 5 storey high, and it we had a so much fun doing that over and over!

There's even bumper cars that the pictures don't show. There's a mini golf course that comes with the day pass. The day we went, the passes were $13 per head. I thought that was very cheap. There's a train course that's a treat too. The bumper cars and the carousel complete the list of the "essentials" for the kids.

There's a huge arcade place, where the other reviewers said they played quarter skee balls, which is a treat. There's food on site and an interesting gift shop cum museum where old rides and attractions were on display.

The charming Chautauqua lake is also there, overlooking from the Carousel!

Now comes the BUT. After having fun in the roller coaster, I noticed that men started work on the tracks (yes, the ride was closed down). It was concerning what happened there. I don't know how it was detected and what it the worst thing that could have happened. Maybe the authorities should have a look at that part of the operations more closely, being a public entity as well.

So other than the danger (that did NOT cause any actual trouble on this day) I spotted, this is a great park for a family day out.

And by the way, there are picnic tables! Parking is free!

Visited August 2013
2 Thank PitonsFan
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