Thanks for the Memories!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
There aren't many places like Hoffman's, here or elsewhere, that have been around for 62 years where parents and grandparents can bring children for an hour or two of fun at a price that won't break the bank. Although Hoffman's does offer a handful of "big kid" rides like a grown-up ferris wheel, a tilt-a-whirl, a rollercoaster, and a few more, mostly what brings people to Hoffman's is the "kiddy rides" that little tykes can ride. Of course, I think all parents bring their babies to Hoffman's for their first carousel ride when they still need the loving support of Mom or Dad. From that very first visit, kids (and their parents) look forward to coming back the next season when the toddler can ride solo.
|And let's not forget the Caterpillar!|
If they're especially brave, they can even ride on a roller coaster. I've never been 'that' brave, but when our oldest was little, she savored the thrill of this miniature yet thrill-packed ride.
Even this week when John and I went back to capture a few more photos for this blog, Hoffman's was all spit and sparkle, clean as a whistle for it's last shining season.
Each horse on the carousel looked brand new, the whole place looking to the first time visitor as if this were its opening season - not it's 62nd and final season.
And what kid could pass up a ride on the train? The ride that beckons every kid, parent and grandparent for a leisurely ride around the park, past the waving clown and through a long, dark tunnel! Children, young and old, can't pass up this one.
And for the brave-hearted, the thrill seekers, the BIG kids.....there's those rides with a little more speed, a little more height, a little more fright...
|This weekend Sheryl Crow, who was performing locally, visited Hoffman's and tweeted about her ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl!|
I will never forget trips to Hoffman's with our girls....
|Like mother, like daughter.....|
Yes, for 62 years Hoffman's has been here providing fun and memories to families for a reasonable price in a clean and safe environment. They've provided jobs to countless teens who have lifted hundreds of kids into and out of rides, stopped rides for hesitant riders and crying children, and spent their summers helping our kids enjoy theirs. Hoffman's is not just a park, or a destination, or a business. Hoffman's has been a landmark, a piece of history, a piece of our childhood and our children and grandchildren's childhoods. Hoffman's may be closing in September, but it will live on in our photos, in our memories and in our hearts for years to come. If you haven't taken your kids or grandkids there - take them NOW. This is one memory you will be glad you made and one you'll never forget!
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