1 of 14 Types of Connecticut Recreational Facilities--Amusement Parks
Connecticut Amusement Parks
CoCo Key Water Resort, Waterbury
Lake Compounce, Bristol
Lake Compounce is an amusement park located in Bristol and Southington, Connecticut. Opened in 1846, it is the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the United States. The amusement park covers 332 acres (1.3 km2) of land which includes a beach and a waterpark called Crocodile Cove which can be used by guests for no extra charge. The park was acquired from Kennywood Entertainment Company by Palace Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Parques Reunidos. In addition to the 14th oldest wooden roller coaster in the world, Wildcat, its newer wooden roller coaster, Boulder Dash, has won the Golden Ticket Award for the #1 Wooden Coaster in the World for five consecutive years.
During October, the park runs a Halloween event. The midways are decorated, many of the park's rides are run in the dark, and a haunted house called "The Haunted Graveyard" is opened. The attraction consists of a 45-minute walk-through of catacombs, castles, special effects, and graveyards, as well as many other houses being added every year. The Haunted Graveyard started in 1991 and relocated to Lake Compounce in 2001. Portions of the proceeds are donated towards the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
During December, the park becomes covered in lights, becoming a Christmas experience for adults and children. There is a selection of children's and family rides open and a place to meet Santa. The event also features a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, which is the largest in Connecticut
Ocean Beach Park, New London
Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury
Quassy Amusement Park, is an amusement and waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, United States. It has 38 rides on its 20 acres (81,000 m2).
Quassy originally opened as a trolley park, similar to Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire. It has been a staple in Connecticut entertainment for over 100 years. In 1908, Quassy became a stop along the trolley line between Waterbury and Woodbury. As more people got off at this stop, Quassy became a summer resort area. In 1937, three businessmen purchased the property and began to develop it. After World War II, Quassy established itself as a full amusement park.
Quassy consists of a full-fledged amusement park plus a waterpark called Splash Away Bay. Swimming in Lake Quassapaug is available. In 1901, a writer pronounced Lake Quassapaug as "the handsomest bit of natural water on earth". Today, beach clubs and houses surround the entire lake.
The park is home to the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, which opened in 2011.
Quassy offers swimming, picnicking, a catering service, an arcade, a water park, and live entertainment including school bands, dance groups and magic shows.
Friday nights Quassy sells hot dogs, soda and rides for 50 cents each. All-day ride and waterpark wristbands are available. A wristband is required to enter the waterpark and beach area, or guests may pay a separate admission. Individual ride tickets are also available. Parking fee charged. There is no admission fee to walk around the amusement park.
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