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Quassy Amusement Park

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The Grand Carousel is one of the rides at Quassy Amusement Park.

The Grand Carousel is one of the rides at Quassy Amusement Park.

Quassy
Opened in 1908, Quassy is one of the few trolley parks remaining in the US. It is one of a handful of family-owned parks as well. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, electric trolley companies often built picnic parks or "pleasure parks" at the end of their lines to generate additional revenue. Many of these parks, including Quassy, evolved into amusement parks. While the trolleys are long gone, the park is still providing fun and thrills.

A few vestiges of its earlier days remain, including the Little Dipper roller coaster, a helicopters ride, and Jet Fighters. The classic rides, which can be found in the park's kiddyland section, date back to the 1950s. A circa-1924 kiddie carousel is also at Quassy.

There are more contemporary thrills as well, including the Free Fall 'N' Drop Tower ride, The Big Flush water coaster, and an assortment of spinning rides such as a Trabant and a Paratrooper.

Wooden Warrior, a junior wooden coaster (that thinks it's a large-scale thrill machine), opened in 2011, represents a major addition to the park and is its featured attraction. The ride has received many awards and garners lots of praise from coaster fans and casual guests alike.

Quassy's water park, Splash Away Bay, includes a large, interactive water play station with water slides, a tipping bucket, and all kinds of sprayers, water cannons, and other water gizmos. Swimming is allowed in Lake Quassapaug. For an additional fee, guests can take a ride around the lake on the Quassy Queen or rent paddle boats.

Location and Phone:

Middlebury, Connecticut. The address is Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road) at Lake Quassapaug.

1-800-FOR-PARK or 203-758-2913

Tickets and Admission Policy:

Quassy is a free-admission park (a rarity these days). Guests can buy individual tickets for the rides (all rides require one ticket) or a pay-one-price pass for unlimited rides. There is a discounted rate for children's passes (under 45 inches). The park offers discounts on passes for guests arriving after 5 p.m.

There is a separate charge for Splash Away Bay water park and for access to Quassy Beach. (Pay-one-price passes include the water park attractions and the beach.) Group rates and season passes are available. Parking is additional. Special offers may be available online at the park's official Website.

Directions:

The address is Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road) at Lake Quassapaug. It is approximately 45 minutes from Hartford, CT.

I-84 West: Exit 17 onto Rt. 64 to park.

I-84 East: Exit 16 onto Rt. 188 to Rt. 64. Left onto Rt. 64 to park.

Park Rides and Highlights:

  • Wooden Warrior - Wooden coaster
  • Free Fall 'N' Drop Tower
  • The Big Flush- Water coaster
  • Splash Away Bay water park
  • Classic rides, including the Little Dipper roller coaster, a helicopters ride, and Jet Fighters.

New at the Park:

New for 2013: Water park expansion Splash Away Bay will be getting new slides and attractions.

New for 2011: Wooden Warrior
The family wooden coaster will climb 33 feet, drop 45 feet, and reach a top speed of 35 mph.

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