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Chris Branco
St. Francis of Assisi, Naugatuck
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Quassy Amusement Park

Have you just moved here or are visiting and want to see the sights? Well, I know one, and it's my favorite. This unique place is Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT. I recommend it because it's fun, affordable, and interesting for the whole family.

Quassy was started in 1908 as a summer resort. It sits on the shore of Lake Quassqpaug in Middlebury. In 1937, a picnic area, paddle boats, and carrousel was added. Soon after came a hot dog stand, a roller rink, tea room, and the amusement park formed.

Quassy now sits on over 20 acres and has more that 24 rides, including a water park and arcade with the latest electronic games. If you're hungry you can cook your own food in the picnic grove or get a bite to eat in the food court. If you're traveling in a large group you can rent a pavilion where you can have up to 2,000 people. We had my swim team banquet there last summer. We ate, played games and went on the rides. I like the roller coaster, the sinking titanic, and the water park.

After you've gone on the rides and had lunch, you might want to cool off in the spring-fed lake. My dad was a lifeguard there when he was 16 years old. Being a lifeguard was a lot fun, but a lot of work because there were a lot of people to watch.

What makes Quassy unique for family fun is how inexpensive it is for a family to go. The express pass is only $11.00 per person. It offers family night packages, kids nights, and group rates. Quassy also has fireworks on the 4th of July and ferryboat rides that takes you around Lake Quassapaug.

The best part is the monster pass. For groups of 10 to 100 people you get an all-day ride pass, an hour of hamburgers, hot dogss, fries and drinks for just $11.75.

For over 96 years Quassy has been serving the public and bringing smiles to thousand of people.


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