|Location||Latham, New York, United States of America|
|Owner||David & Ruth Hoffman|
|Operating season||Late March/Early April-September|
Hoffman's Playland was an amusement park located in Latham, New York on Route 9. The park featured 18 rides along with food stands, a Subway, a party area, and an arcade. The park operated from 1952 until its closing on September 14, 2014.
In 1952, William Hoffman founded Hoffman's Playland in Latham, New York. The park originally featured a miniature train, and a Merry-Go Round. William Hoffman and his eventual wife Hedy expanded the park over the years to include more children's rides to cater to the baby boomers. Hoffman's Playland opened during a golden era of children's amusement parks. William Hoffman's son David Hoffman took over as the park's owner in the 1970's and operated the park with his wife Ruth until it's closing in 2014.
Throughout the 1950's and 1960's, the park expanded to include more children's rides including many popular Allan Herschell Company rides. In 1953, the Boat ride was added, along with live animals. in 1955, the Caterpillar ride was added and 1956 brought the addition of the Sky Fighter Jets. 1958 saw the addition of the Helicopter ride. The park expanded again in 1960 to include a Herschell Turnpike ride and a Herschell Little Dipper Roller Coaster.
As the park progressed into the 1960's and 70's, it was evident there was a need for larger rides that adults and teenagers could ride, along with additional rides to handle growing crowds. In 1962, the Playland purchased a set of Lusse Auto Skooter Bumpers Cars, and in 1965, an Eli Bridge Company Scrambler was added. In 1971, the park added a 50 foot Eli Bridge Ferris Wheel, and 1974 saw the addition of a Frank Hrubetz & Company Paratrooper. The 1980's brought major change to the park as a large entrance building was added and featured offices, a Subway (restaurant), ticket booths, a new train station, and a gift shop. In 1983, a Samba Space Ship ride was added, and in 1985 a Tilt-a-Whirl opened after being relocated from the closed Hanson's Amusement Park. Additionally, the 1980's brought change to the park's miniature railroad. The original train could no longer accommodate the larger crowds, so in the early 1980's the park bought and refurbished an Allan Herschell S-24 Iron Horse train with 3 coaches and put it into operation for the 1980 season. The park would find another identical engine with 3 coaches 8 years later and refurbish it to be ready for the 1988 season. The original turnpike ride was also retired for a new car ride, the 4 X 4 Trucks.
The park would continue expanding into the 1990's and early 2000's. The year 2000 brought the addition of the Balloon Flight ride. The early 2000's also brought the addition of the Tea Cup umbrella ride. In 2007, the Red Baron plane ride was added. The Red Baron was purchased and refurbished from the recently closed Catskill Game Farm. This resulted into the relocation of the Helicopters and the retirement of the Space Ship Samba ride.
In 2013, rumors surfaced that the Hoffman's would retire and close the park. The park remained open for the 2013 season, however at the start of the 2014 season, the owners, Dave and Ruth Hoffman, announced their intent to retire and close the park in September. The park officially closed at 6pm on September 14th, 2014. Large crowds on the last day of operation resulted in rides being run well past closing time and into the evening.
Throughout the last season, the Hoffman's searched for a local buyer of the rides but were not successful. The park's rides and equipment were scheduled to go to auction, however shortly after the park closed, Huck Finn's Warehouse in nearby Downtown Albany made an offer to purchase the amusement rides and equipment. The park was dismantled and moved to a newly built park next to Huck Finn's Warehouse. The new park, Huck Finn's Playland, opened in June of 2015.
As of the parks closing in 2014, the park offered the following rides:
|Ride||Year Opened||Year Closed||Manufacturer||Notes|
|Hoffman's Playland Railroad||1952||2014||Miniature Train Company/Allan Herschell Company||Original train manufactured by the Miniature Train Company. The 1980 and 1988 replacement engines were manufactured by the Allan Herschell Company.|
|Merry-Go-Round||1952||2014||Allan Herschell Company||Merry-Go-Round with 3-abreast horses and 2 chariots.|
|Boats||1953||2014||Allan Herschell Company||Circular wet boat ride.|
|Little Wheel||1960's||2014||Eli Bridge Company||Miniature Eli Bridge ferris wheel.|
|Red Baron||2007||2014||Chance Manufacturing||Aerial plane ride with individual controls to lower/raise the plane.|
|Balloon Flight||2000||2014||Bradley & Kaye||Aieral balloon ride.|
|Caterpillar||1955||2014||Allan Herschell Company||Circular revolving Caterpillar ride.|
|Tea Cups||Unknown||2014||Hampton||Hampton umbrella car ride.|
|Helicopters||1958||2014||Allan Herschell Company||Circular helicopter ride with individual bars to control height of Helicopter.|
|Bumper Cars||1962||2014||Lusse Brothers'||Classic Lusse Bumper Cars.|
|Scrambler||1965||2014||Eli Bridge Company||Classic Eli Bridge scrambler ride.|
|Paratrooper||1974||2014||Hrubetz||Fast spinning and elevating Paratrooper ride.|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||1985||2014||Sellner Manufacturing||Classic Tilt-a-Whirl ride.|
|Roller Coaster||1960||2014||Allan Herschell Company||Little Dipper Herschell roller coaster.|
|Big Wheel||1971||2014||Eli Bridge Company||50 foot Eli ferris wheel.|
|4x4 Trucks||Unknown||2014||Wisdom Rides||Individual cars that ran along a tracked route.|
|Samba||1983||2007/2008||Zamperla||Space themed elevating ride.|
|Sky Fighter Jets||1956||2014||Allan Herschell Company||Aerial jet ride with shooting guns.|