When you are looking for a great day of rides and food there is no need to cross state lines to go to a giant amusement park. Connecticut is home to several quality amusement parks that include water attractions. Here are four local destinations for great rides, food and fun for the entire family.
Bristol’s Lake Compounce Theme Park, is home to Boulder Dash, which was voted number one wooden roller coaster in the world. There are rides for everyone; from the multiple roller coasters to the slow and simple kiddy rides. Lake Compounce also has beach access, a fantastic water park, concerts and other special shows and events. Regular adult admission is $34.99, 25.99 for children and $17.99 for seniors or for entry after 5:00p.m. There is also a $7.00 parking fee per vehicle. Group rates and season passes are available. Prices and access may vary on days when there are special events.
Ocean Beach Park in New London offers a fantastic beach, a boardwalk, miniature golf, classic carousel, arcade, restored vintage kids rides, adult amusement rides, and a pool with slide, playground and places to eat. Nature walks and a small water spray ground are also attractions worth your time. The basic parking rates are $14.00 on weekdays and $18.00 on weekends per car. Waterslide passes are $16.00 for a full day, with other options available, and all day passes for the amusement park are also $16.00.
Quassy Amusement Park is a lakeside amusement park in Middlebury. It is a small park and one of the most affordable in the state. There are a variety of rides for all ages, but an emphasis on the younger park goers. There are also over thirty different water themed rides, a beach for swimming or relaxation, paddle boats and a steam boat for a ride around the lake. All day passes that include parking, all rides and the water park are $22.00 for adults and $18.00 for children. There are specials and discounts available, as well as buying individual tickets for rides or access just to the water park instead of the full pass.
CoCo Key Water Resort in Waterbury was an idea that made me laugh when I first saw the advertisements and construction. However I have found that CoCo Key is relaxing for adults and tons of fun for children. It is like a trip to the islands for me, while the kids plunge into the excitement of a large indoor water park. Rain is not a problem; it is always sunny and warm in the fully enclosed water park. A full day pass for weekends is $29.00 per person (adults and children are charged the same rate) and on weekdays the cost is $15.00 per person. Group rates and annual passes are also available.