On the south shore of Lake Ontario in N.Y. State, you’ll discover the quaint Hamlet of Olcott Beach. In the shadow of Olcott’s famous Lighthouse is a wonderful vintage amusement park. It features a 1928 style Hershell-Spillman two row carousel. Five vintage kiddie rides, and a wonderful 1931 Wurlitzer band organ. Come relive fond memories as your children and grandchildren scream in delight and giggle with laughter!
Olcott Beach Carousel Park, Inc. is a not-for profit corporation that was formed for the purpose of creating an historic amusement park reminiscent of the 1940-1950’s era. It is at 5979 Main Street Olcott at the site of the 1940’s Olcott Amusement park. This is the eleventh year of operation.
The corporation is made up of volunteers from the community and Rosemary Sansone serves as its chairman. The volunteers devote countless hours toward developing and maintaining this vintage 1940’s kiddy theme park.
The original 1940’s carousel building was restored and furnished with a 1928 Allan Herschell carousel. This carousel closely resembles the original carousel which was operated in the building from the 1940’s - 80’s. In addition to the carousel, the park has five vintage kiddy rides: a 1946 Allen Herschell Kiddy Auto / Fire Truck Ride (originally from Olcott), a 1940’s Allen Herschell Sky Fighter, a 1940’s Boat Ride, a 1950’s Rocket Swing Ride and a kiddy Ferris Wheel (originally located at the Whistle Pig in Niagara Falls). The cost per ride is 25 cents
Large murals are displayed in the two kiddie ride pavilions that feature scenes from Olcott Beach’s past. The park also has a 1934 Wurlitzer Band Organ and engraved brick pathways (the public can purchase bricks for the pathways). A vintage arcade is housed in a reproduction of the historic Boeckmann Studio and four skee ball machines are located in the east ride pavilion as well as rocking chairs.
The recently built Tom Kelley Rustic Theater is a replica of the Rustic Theater from the early 1900’s that was once located in nearby Krull Park. It is used for special events to entertain patrons.
Anyone who would like to volunteer can call Rosemary Sansone (778-7066). Barb Colley (778-8284), or inquire at the ticket booth in Olcott Beach Carousel Park.