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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Albany Flight Trampoline Park Review (and beer)

As it turns out, I did end up going to the trampoline park in Albany and the new Troy brewery on the same day - as I quasi-predicted/recommended in a previous blog.

And both were pretty rad.

I did the first fitness class offered by the trampoline park this past Saturday. Being a new park and the first class, I honestly thought I'd have to get there an hour early to reserve a spot. Luckily, that was not the case because I've never been an hour early anywhere.

The class was a good size - about 20 people - and there was still trampoline space available.

They recommend getting there early to pay, sign in, and sign a waiver if you haven't already online. There are cubbies where you can keep your things, including sneakers since everything in the park is done barefoot. (the floors feel amazing there, btw)

The park offers a children's corner where there are foam blocks for kids to stack and jump in. There are also small trampoline floors and ramps. The park is well supervised, with someone specifically dedicated to watching the little ones - under 46-inches - in the kid's section.

While the kids got to jump around in their little park (for free), the adults did a class which was about 45-minutes. It was tough but it was a lot of fun, too. You couldn't help but feel like a kid again when jumping up and down. The class incorporated the trampolines along with a "boot camp" like workout with lunges, planks, burpees, jumping jacks, and crunches. Like I said, it was tough but it was a good variety of things, too.

The park is equipped with small platforms and flat areas between the trampolines. Along the "sidelines", there are leather couches and snack/drink machines. As one parent pointed out, it seemed perfect for a play date since kids can get their exercise while parents hung out on the leather couches - occasionally joining in.

If you go:
Flight Trampoline Park is located at 30A Post Road, Colonie, NY
Phone: 518-952-0433
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m./ Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m./ Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fitness Class: 9 a.m. Saturdays (and the instructor said 6 a.m. certain days during the week)
Pricing: $9 for 30 minutes, $13 for 1 hour, $23 for 2 hours
Pricing for Fit Class: $10 for one class, $15 for two classes, $60 for 10 classes

As for the Rare Form Brewery on Congress Street in Troy, it has a great vibe. I went during River Street Festival on Saturday so it was a beautiful day. It was great for sitting in one of the booths and watching the world go by with a beer in hand - in my case it was a porter and I tried the Royal Coconut Cream Ale. If you go to the brewery in the near future, you might notice that there are a lot of non-Rare Form beers/ciders on tap right now (on Saturday, there were about 10 things on tap and about three were Rare Form). I reached out to the owners to see when they thought they'll have more of their own products again but I haven't heard back yet.

(from the brewery's window)

At their grand opening during the last Troy Night Out at the end of May, everything I had by the brewery was great. I especially loved their (non-alcoholic) ginger beer.

Rare Form is located at 90 Congress Street in Troy. Phone: 326-4303
Taproom Hours: Wed. and Thurs. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m./Fri. and Sat. 1 p.m. - 9 p.m./Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
All Rare Form pints are $6


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