For more than 100 years, western New Yorkers have enjoyed the region’s exciting amusement parks. During the days of trolleys and steamships, area businessmen created Celoron Park, Crystal Beach Park, and other fine local summer resorts. Decades later, lifelong memories were formed for neighborhood baby boomers who visited Glen Park and Fantasy Island, as well as one of New York State’s finest theme parks, Darien Lake. Western New York has always been a proving ground for some of the nation’s most famous roller coasters. The terrifying Cyclone, the fast and furious Silver Comet, and the extreme Ride of Steel have attracted the very bravest of visitors. In the new millennium, the summer tradition of visiting local amusement parks continues with a blend of family-orientated parks and theme parks that appeal to all ages.
About the Author
As a western New Yorker, Rose Ann Hirsch grew up visiting several of the area’s parks and spent 31 summers riding the Comet at Crystal Beach. She has written various articles and books on amusement park topics, including Kiddie Parks of the Adirondacks.
Table of Contents
1 The First Summer Resorts 9
2 Chautauqua and the Southern Tier 15
3 Western New York's Coney Island 35
4 The Lost Neighborhood Parks 57
5 A Park is Reborn 71
6 Fantasy on the Island 77
7 Fun in the Country 105
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