Quassy sits on the banks of Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, Connecticut, not far from Waterbury. It's about forty-five minutes north of our house in Stratford, which ought to put it at something like two and a half hours outside of Manhattan, depending on traffic. It seems unlikely in the extreme that someone visiting New York would make time for Quassy, and folks living in Connecticut must surely already know about the place, but if you're wondering, the easiest ways to get to there are via I-84 or up CT Route 8 from I-95 or CT 15. Middlebury is itself a quaint little New England town, complete with a six-mile paved bike path, so if you've never been, I will heartily recommend it. However, I don't know that you would necessarily cross state lines just for the purpose of visiting Quassy Amusement Park.
|Quassy Amusement Park ticket booth.|
|Map of the park.|
Lake Quassapaug is gorgeous. Quassy hosts a number of my favorite triathlons, including Connecticut's Rev 3, and the Pat Griskus Olympic Triathlon. The lake itself is a large, clean circle, maybe a mile and a half in diameter. The surrounding countryside is littered with the kinds of sharply rolling hills that make racing in upstate Connecticut such a challenge. In addition to the amusement park, Quassy has a very nice picnic area, a small boat rental, a beach area, and a water park built right on the shore. I like all of that stuff at least as much as I like any of the park's actual rides, but since it's only April, none of that was open this past weekend.
|Sally poses outside the carousel.|
|Selfie atop our trusty steeds.|
|Sally and Hannah both love to ride the Music Fest.|
|You pass the Wooden Warrior as you head into the park.|
|Quassy Restaurant's back deck has the best views in the park.|
|The water park sits above the beach. This|
crazy flume-thing is my favorite of the park's rides.
|Selfie on the steps of the Wooden Warrior.|