Onondaga County Parks

Long Branch Park

Long Branch Park, located at the northern end of Onondaga Lake Park, is made up of three reserved shelters/areas - Riverview, Glen and Knoll - and a 100 ft, sledding hill. Major annual events held here include the Great American Antiquefest, Scottish Games and more. For more information about Long Branch Park, email olp@ongov.net or call (315) 453-6712

Click here for more information about reserving any of the three shelters at Long Branch, or call (315) 451-6249.

Long Branch Park / Willow Bay / West Shore Trail

Saw Mill Creek Shelter and Bayview Tent are located in the Willow Bay area of the park and use the Willow Bay parking lot

Long Branch Park Physical Address:
3813 Long Branch Rd, Geddes, NY 13209
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  • From I-90 (NYS Thruway): Exit 39, take 690 East to Exit 4 (John Glenn Blvd.), right turn at first traffic light, proceed 1 mile on Long Branch Rd. to Long Branch Park entrance on the left, West Shore Trail entrance is on the right and Willow Bay area entrance is just over the bridge on the right.
  • From I-81: Take 690 West to Exit 4 (John Glenn Blvd.), right turn at first traffic light, proceed 1 mile on Long Branch Rd. to Long Branch Park entrance on the left, West Shore Trail entrance is on the right and Willow Bay area entrance is just over the bridge on the right.
  • From 690: Exit 4 (John Glenn Blvd.), right turn at first traffic light, proceed 1 mile on Long Branch Rd. to Long Branch Park entrance on the left, West Shore Trail entrance is on the right and Willow Bay area entrance is just over the bridge on the right.
  • From Liverpool: Route 370W, left onto Long Branch Rd, Willow Bay entrance is on left, West Shore Trail entrance is just over the bridge on the left and Long Branch Park is on the right.
  • From Baldwinsville: Route 370E, right onto Long Branch Rd, Willow Bay entrance is on left, West Shore Trail entrance is just over the bridge on the left and Long Branch Park is on the right.


A Brief History of Long Branch

Long Branch Park

Entrance to Long Branch Park c. 1930

During Onondaga Lake’s heyday, many local residents would venture to Long Branch Park. In 1882, Ben and George Maurer purchased the land and developed Long Branch Amusement Park. Named for its famed chestnut trees, this park offered something for everyone. In 1925, Long Branch’s welcoming sign at the entrance to the park proudly boasted, New Long Branch Park- Let All Who Enter Here Leave Care Behind.” And that is just what people did. The park offered various attractions that were family oriented. These would include: picnic areas, baseball games, playgrounds, skating parties and fireworks for the 4th of July. For the sportsman, the park offered ice boating, row boating, bowling alleys, a billiards room and a shooting gallery.

Other features of the park included: a dance pavilion, a restaurant, an arcade and various amusement rides including a carousel. In fact, the carousel was brought to Long Branch Park around 1926 where it remained for the next 15 years, event after the park closed in 1938. Roseland Park, an amusement park in Canandaigua, NY purchased the carousel in 1941, and held on to it for 43 years. The pyramid Company later purchased it at an auction, and restored it to its original look. The carousel is now the centerpiece of the Carousel Center shopping mall where people can still take a ride on it and enjoy its splendor.

In 1912, Long Branch suffered extensive damage. Ben Maurer rebuilt the park which was to survive for another 26 years before its final demise in 1938. Growing pollution in the lake, trolley services being closed down and the increased popularity of the automobile all contributed to the downfall of the park. The automobile allowed people to go to the Adirondacks or The Thousand Islands for their leisure time. As a result, this park fell by the wayside and became a mere memory.

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