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Photo Credit: Sherry Wernicke, Triathlon Traveling Mom

My triathlete husband recently did the Rev3 Quassy triathlon in Middlebury, Connecticut, so I had the opportunity to spend some time at Quassy Amusment Park.  I heard the park had a wooden roller coaster called the Wooden Warrior, so I was very happy to check it out and take a spin.  We have lived in Connecticut for 17 years, but had never been to Quassy, until now.

Quassy Amusement Park is a very family oriented facility that has been around since 1908.  It sits on 22 acres on Lake Quassapaug, so it offers a beach, swimming, and various water activities, in addition to 22 rides, plus attractions and catered events.  One of their biggest attractions is Splash Away Bay water park, especially on hot summer Connecticut days.  The park is conveniently located for residents of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

Rides and Attractions at Quassy Amusement Park

The park offers rides for all ages and are classified as Kiddie, Family, and Thrill.  Kiddie rides include:  Jet Fighters, Dune Buggies, Frog Hopper, and Space Age.  Family rides include:  Little Dipper, Tilt-A-Whirl, Carousel, and Express Train.  Thrill rides include:  Wooden Warrior, Paratrooper, Music Fest, and Free Fall’N.  In addition to the rides, the park boasts attractions such as an Arcade, Lazer Maze, Water Wars, and the Quassy Queen, a 30 minute boat tour on the lake.  The only ride I went on was the Wooden Warrior, and thoroughly enjoyed it, but then, I’m a roller coaster fanatic. I did, however, interview my friend’s 2 children, Alasdair and Avery, ages 8 & 6, who went on many of the rides.  Here’s their firsthand reviews of some of the rides.

Food Options at the Park

There are a few options for eating at the park.  While some more healthy choices exist, such as salads, most fare is going to be on the less healthy side.  Alasdair liked the pizza, but was so-so on the nachos. You can choose from:

  • Quassy Restaurant, which sits lakeside and serves everything from hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and kids’ meals to beer and wine.
  • Pizza & Fried Dough Stand
  • The Dog House
  • Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand
  • Ice Cream Parlor

Tickets and More Information

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Photo Credit: Sherry Wernicke, Triathlon Traveling Mom

Quassy Amusement Park is not inexpensive, but you can get a whole day of activity out of the fee.  Kids under 45″ get an all-day ride and water park pass for $20.50 and adults $24.50.  You can also just purchase individual ride tickets for $3.50 per ride or a waterpark pass for $15.  Parking will cost you $6.  Paddleboat rentals are an additional $6 – 10, depending on the size.  You can also get season passes at reduced rates.

If you would like to extend your stay in Connecticut, there are many options for things to do.  Check out these articles by fellow Traveling Moms:

In addition, you can head up to Litchfield County and see a bit of Connecticut history in towns such as Cornwall, Kent, Lichfield, Washington, and New Preston.  Here you’ll find covered bridges, cute shops, art galleries, and nice restaurants.