15. Adventurer’s Inn (mid-1950s to late 1970s)
Adventurer’s Inn was one of Queens’ most successful amusement parks, operating from the mid-1950s to the late-1970s off the Whitestone Expressway. By the 1970s, it was the only amusement park in Northern Queens, with notable rides like the Batman Slide, the Rotor, and the Toboggan. Originally called Adventure Park, the amusement park began rather sporadically with no standard schedule and just a handful of rides, yet under owner Harold Glantz and president Martin Garin, the amusement park expanded significantly.
However, this expansion would be rather short-lived, since by the early 1970s the city developed plans to convert the amusement park into a significantly less-fun industrial park. Many efforts were taken by the Public Development Corporation to close the park down, yet it appears that it remained opened until 1978, surviving both a fire and a park shooting. The College Point Multiplex cinema now stands on the amusement park’s former grounds.