I remember a little over a year ago hearing the news that the future of Hoffman’s Playland was uncertain. Like so many others from the Capital Region, Hoffman’s was home to many of my childhood memories. My parents, along with my brother and I had all grown up with the playland. And, when we found out my brother and his wife were expecting my niece last summer, her first trip to Hoffman’s definitely crossed my mind.
To say the thought of this childhood landmark closing hit a heart string, doesn’t do the feeling justice. However, when Huck Finn’s Warehouse announced that it would be purchasing all the rides and opening a park next to it’s furniture store, it was music to my ears.
We were excited to check out the new Huck Finn’s Playland this weekend and our visit proved that we most definitely did not outgrow our old stomping grounds.
Apart from Hoffman’s quiet suburban setting in Loudonville as compared to the bustling urban atmosphere of Albany’s Warehouse District where Huck Finn’s now sits, everything is almost exactly the same.
The prices for tickets, the visible joy that can be seen on faces of all ages and of course, almost all of the rides are up and running at the new location. We enjoyed feeling like we were five years old again stuffing our faces with ice cream and getting dizzy on The Scrambler.
Did you go to Huck Finn’s this past weekend? If so, what did you think compared to Hoffman’s?