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Connecticut amusement parks offer traditional rides, swimming, family fun

AMUSEMENTPARKSCT Connecticut's amusement parks -- from Ocean Beach in New London to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, and more -- are a great haven for families with children, young folks, and singles looking for traditional outdoor fun, rides, games and competitions, pools and water parks , summer food, and other light-hearted family fun. The amusement parks of Connecticut have built a strong following in families generation after generation, a testament to their staying power for kids and parents.

2132 Middlebury Road (Route 64) Middlebury, CT, 06762 Phone: 203-758-2913 Toll-Free: 800-367-7275

Celebrating over a Century of Affordable Family Fun

Quassy Amusement Park, founded in 1908, sits on the south shore of Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, Connecticut. On its 20 plus acres, it boasts 22 rides including the award-winning "Wooden Warrior" roller coaster, new Frantic and Reverse Time thrill rides, a Grand Carousel, and a variety of family rides as well as attractions for the very young. Visit "Splash Away Bay", the sensational water park with new water slides and a splash pad just for the little guys. Cool off in Lake Quassapaug at Quassy Beach and cap off the day with a frozen treat from Quassy's Ice Cream Parlor. The park also offers an arcade, live entertainment, and a restaurant. Quassy offers the entire family affordable fun. Obviously, Quassy is the place for you!

1225 Ocean Avenue New London, CT, 06320 Phone: 860-447-3031 Toll-Free: 800-510-7263

Relive your own childhood as you watch your kids enjoy all the lovingly restored, old-time, kiddy rides.

There’s family fun and more at Ocean Beach Park. New this year is our Splash Park for kids under 8. For more water fun we have the ocean, of course, an Olympic-size swimming pool and triple waterslide. Our award-winning lifeguard staff is on duty for your safety. For more fun we have rides, mini-golf, and a Family Fun Center with a video arcade. Kids can enjoy our playground and adults can work out in the health club. The nature walk and observation deck let you enjoy our natural beauty.

When all the activity makes you hungry you have dining choices; our full-service restaurant, a food court, or ice cream stands. Ocean Beach Park can also accommodate picnics and corporate events. Our nightly entertainment schedule includes Classic Car Cruises on Mondays; kids movies on the beach Tuesday; live magic on Wednesday; Sock Hop on Thursday; and live bands on Friday.

Parking fee includes park admission for everyone riding in the car. Weekends, $22; weekdays, $17; week nights, $6; movie and magic show, $6; holidays, $30; Monday cruise night, free; fireworks nights, $6; pre- and post-season weekends, $10. Season parking decals: New London resident, $75 year-round; New London senior, $25; non-resident, $110.