It was a perfect day to take the kids to Hoffman's Playland today. It was my first time, and there is plenty to like about the 60-year old Hoffman's Playland. Things I like: easy parking, no admission fee, they take credit cards, ride tickets are reasonable. (We got a 25 tickets for $28.50 which gave us about 90 minutes of fun: carousel, choo-choo train tour, helicopter kiddie ride, spinning booth, and a rickety kiddie roller coaster). The staff were very cheerful.
There is a good ice cream place called Dairy Freeze adjacent to the parking lot too. After 2 hours of Hoffman's Playland, we all needed a treat. I would recommend this small amusement park if you don't need flashy heart-racing rides, and are looking for a smaller amusement park that won't overwhelm (or over-stimulate) the little ones. We didn't have the courage to go on the few major rides they have there. Sorry I can't report on those! Hoffman's Playland, Route 9, 608 Loudon Road, Latham, NY (518) 785-3842. The park is open weather-permitting 7 days a week during the Summer until September 6th, then open weekends only until October 1st.