Adventurer’s Inn was a small amusement park in Flushing just off the Whitestone Expressway on Linden Place. It lasted from the mid 1950’s to the late 1970’s. When Kiddy City closed to its east in the mid 60’s, and Fairyland closed to its west in the late 60’s, Adventurer’s Inn stood alone as the only amusement park of its kind in the northern Queens area.
As a kid growing up nearby, I was reminded of the parks presence every time I passed it by on the Whitestone Expressway. I would think that maybe, if I asked my parents nicely enough, they might stop in and take me on a few rides. Perhaps I could even convince them to have my next birthday party there!
In the 1950’s and 60’s it was called Adventure Park and had just a handful of rides with a miniature golf course. It was open on a sporadic schedule and had no central ownership, it was run by individual ride operators.
The Big Years
In the late 1960’s new ownwer Harold Glantz and President Martin Garin took over and expanded the amusement park. They added large rides like the Bumper Cars, the Flight To Mars, The Rotor, The Toboggan, and others.
Friction With The City
In the early 1970’s New York City developed plans to make the place part of an industrial park. The Public Development Corporation, a city agency geared toward industrial development, began publicizing complaints made against Adventurer’s Inn by Mitchell Gardens residents, in an attempt to get the park closed down.
Although the Queens tribune website states that the park closed after being condemned by the city in 1973, it appears that it stayed open in some capacity until about 1978. During that time it weathered a fire, a park shooting, and the continued efforts by the city and neighbors to shut it down.
The game room of Adventurer’s Inn stayed open for a few years after the park had been closed. Where the arcade once stood is now a parking lot. A Toys R Us stands behind it, and on the rest of the former 11 acre site is the College Point Multiplex cinema. It’s not quite the same, but perhaps it is fitting that a place once intended for kids and family entertainment now houses two structures, one for toys and the other for entertainment.
Golf City and Flushing Airport
Just a short ways north up from Adventurer’s Inn, on 20th Avenue, west of the Whitestone Expressway, (about where Target is today) was Golf City which along with miniature golf had a giant slide and batting cages. Flushing airport stood roughly across the street from Adventurer’s Inn. The city , particularly Mayor Beame, worked vigorously to close the airport. Beame regarded the airport as a danger to the area.
Sister Park In Yonkers
An amusement park of the same name existed for much of the same time at the Tanglewood Shopping Center in Yonkers.