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Midway State Park

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4859 Route 430
Bemus Point, NY 14712
Latitude 42.202278
Longitude -79.421280

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.

Hours of Operation

  • Dates of Operation: 5/25 - 9/4/17.
    Days and hours of operation vary. Rides and arcarde closed Monday & Tuesday. 

    Rides will be closed 3:00-3:30pm on days that rides are open

    Midway Hours of Operation calendar

  • Please call the Midway State Park office with any questions at 716-386-3165.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Connect Kids Program
  • Please note: The Connect Kids Program does not apply to tickets for rides and attractions.
  • Arcade
  • $0.01-$2 per play
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Please see Midway's brochure for details.
  • Wristbands
  • Ride Band- Includes all rides except: Mini Golf, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, & Water Wars.

    Splash Band- Includes all rides except: Mini Golf, Go-Karts.

  • Attraction Tickets
  • Required for Go-Kart drivers & Mini-Golf. Bumper Boats require either an attraction ticket or a Splash-a-Rama wristband.

  • Regular Weekend Days
  • Value Pack (10 tickets) - $11
    Single Ticket - $1.25
    Attraction Ticket - $5
    Ride Wristband 42" and over: $15
    Ride Wristband Under 42": $10.00
    Splash Wristband: $20
  • Regular Weekdays
  • Our Traditional Wednesday Kiddie Day Rides Wristband discount is now available on Thursdays and Fridays in July & August too!

    Value Pack (10 tickets)- $11
    Single Ticket- $1.25
    Attraction Ticket- $5
    Rides Wristband 42" and over- $13
    Rides Wristband Under 42"- $8
    Splash Wristband- $20

  • July 1st Independence Celebration
  • Rides Wristband
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM: $19.00
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM: $13.00

    Splash Wristband
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM: $24.00
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM: $17.00

  • School Picnic Days
  • Rides Wristband $ 7.50
    Splash bands are not available

Highlights of Midway State Park:

  • The bedrock underlying Midway Park consists of the Upper Devonian shale and siltstones of the Ellicott Formation.
  • This small waterway is found along the southwestern boundary of the park. It feeds into the lake and is home to various aquatic invertebrates.
  • Midway State Park offers vistas of Chautauqua Lake from the shoreline and various vantage points within the park.
  • A colony of little brown bats can sometimes be found roosting in the upper sections of the Hippodrome. This maternal colony consists of mother bats and their pups; the young bats stay with their mothers for 21-28 days.
  • Chautauqua Lake is recognized as in Important Bird Area by New York Audubon, an organization which recognizes places that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. In the fall, hundreds of birds, including ducks, swans, geese, and loons, stop at Chautauqua Lake during their migration. Also check out the birding from Long Point State Park, also on the shores on Chautauqua Lake.
  • Bring your rod & reel! Chautauqua Lake is home to a large fish population, including Walleye, small- and largemouth bass, yellow and white perch, crappie, and muskellunge.

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Midway State Park Hero!

  • Respect other visitors and their experience. Avoid excessive noise.
  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Use extra caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear warnings.
  • Don't litter.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

When you enter or leave Lake Chautauqua:

  • Clean and remove all visible plants, animals, fish and mud from your boat, trailer and other equipment and dispose of it in a suitable trash container or on dry land.
  • Drain water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks and any other locations with water before leaving the launch. Disinfect when possible.
  • Dry your boat, trailer and all equipment completely. At least 5 days of drying time is recommended. Drying times vary depending on weather and material.

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: Can I feed the ducks and geese at Midway State Park?

A: It is important to remember not to feed any wildlife at Midway State Park. Because of its location, Midway has abundant waterfowl species such as ducks. Feeding waterfowl unnatural and high calorie or protein foods can result in angel wing, a deformity of the joint in one or both wings that renders birds flightless.

Interesting Facts about Midway State Park!

Lake life:

  • The Kidneyshell, a rare freshwater mussel, was noted along the shoreline of Chautauqua Lake in 2008. We can help support the growth and survival of Kidneyshell mussels by keeping the park clean. When we litter in the park, water runoff eventually carries that waste into the lake. Protect the lake’s water quality by keeping garbage out of the lake!
  • In addition to the rare native Kidneyshell Mussel, Chautauqua Lake is also home to the zebra mussel, an invasive species which threatens native mussels and the Lake ecosystem overall.


  • Little Brown Bats are becoming rarer at Midway and across New York State because of a fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome. This deadly fungus has already spread throughout the northeastern United States and threatens several bat species with extinction.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Dockage
  • Food
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Activities
  • Ice Fishing