“ They came to enjoy the sights and sounds of the merry-go-round, the roller coasters racing by and the island train ride....”

Emerson Park, Yesterday and Today

Located at the northern end of Owasco lake, Emerson Park, is a lovely place for a picnic or a swim. Facilities include boat launches and docking, picnic pavilions, restaurants and catering facilities, parking, playgrounds and well kept beaches.  Attractions at the park include the regionally renowned Merry Go Round Theater. Called the “Broadway of the Finger Lakes” the Merry-Go-Round is well known for it’s professional theatrical productions and it’s lovely setting.  Also on the grounds is the Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum.  Founded by local historian Ward O’Hara, the museum is a unique microcosm of early New York farm life.

Stop in for a quiet picnic or maybe visit one evening for a Symphony concert followed by a fireworks display.

For many years Emerson Park, then called LakeSide Park, was the home for resort hotels, amusements parks, and lake steamers. People traveled from all over the region. Some paid 5 cents to ride on the local trolley lines from Auburn or Moravia. They came to enjoy the sights and sounds of the merry-go-round, the roller coasters racing by and the island train ride. Many of our older friends can tell us about the “Tunnel of Love”.

Currently, events like “The Great Race”, a team triathlon attract thousands of participants and fans.

Owasco Lake looking south over Emerson Park and Owasco Country Club Photo and copyright Bill Hecht