Historic Parks & Amusement Areas


 

Picnic Grounds

 

The Picnic Grounds

The Lehigh Valley Railroad built a spacious picnic ground on the north shore of the lake near what is now Hanson's Park. The grounds were served by steamboats and had a popular swimming area.

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Hanson's Amusement Park

In 1935 the Picnic Grounds transitioned to Hanson's Amusement Park, which operated until 1984. Speedboats, a fast rollercoaster, carousel and miniature train were some of the major attractions. Also read about the 1060s-era dances and the 1980s-era Bud Light Ampitheatre.

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Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Near the inlet, the Sunset area was the first to be developed for the tourist trade. It was the location of the lake's first hotel and later its most majestic, the Hotel Oneonta.

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Sandy Beach

In the west corner, Sandy Beach was a popular swimming area. Among other celebrities, it hosted Johnny Weissmuller for a 1931 swimming exhibition.

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Sandy Beach

 

Mayer's Grove

Between Sandy Beach and Sandy Bottom, the Mayer family operated a popular picnic ground and boat rental facility. It was also the site of an infamous murder.

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