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What I Wore: My Day At Quassy Amusement Park

Vintage lace high-low hemline dress

The electrified rail line that once weaved its way through the wooded hills of northwestern Connecticut has been gone for more than 70 years but its most popular summer stop, one that filled the rail cars to capacity, lives on.

Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark (Named after Lake Quassapaug – a Native American term meaning “big pond” or “rock pond) is one of only 11 remaining “trolley parks” in the United States and has been in operation now for over 100 years. The park was purchased from the Connecticut Trolley Company in 1937 by  John Frantzis, and his friends, Michael Leon and George Terezakis.  76 years later, the park is still owned and operated by members of the Frantzis family.

I had the chance take a media tour recently and the the park is very different from what it was when I attended Merritone’s Annual July Family Fun Day a few years ago. Back then, the park had the traditional “iron” rides and was taking the plunge into the water park arena with the introduction of “Saturation Station.” The park has since added a new wooden roller coaster (Wooden Warrior, which was ranked No. 23 out of 168 wooden coaster rides around the world by roller coaster enthusiasts in 2012), a laser maze attraction and this year the water park doubled in size with the addition of three new slides plus a children’s splash pad.

Grand Carousel at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut
Me, chillaxing in front of the Grand Carousel at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Conn., which is a favorite of young and old at the century-old park. (photo: Ossie Channer, photographer)
Yo-Yo Super Swing Ride at Quassy Amusement Park
Park guests enjoying the thrill of flying through the air on the Yo-Yo Super Swing ride at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut. (photo: Ossie Channer)

Quassy Amusement Park Wooden Warrior and The Quassy Express (left) Taking off on the Wooden Warrior (that’s me in the last row on the left) (right) The Quassy Express Train. This miniature locomotive chugs along nearly a half-mile track in the Great Lawn area of the park. (photo: Ossie Channer)

Wooden Warrior roller coaster at Quassy Amusement Park
Two thumbs up after taking a ride on the very fast Wooden Warrior  (voted No. 23 in the world by Roller Coaster enthusiasts) with Ron Gustafson, Quassy Amusement park’s director of Public Relations (photo: Ossie Channer)

Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Quassy Amusement Park:

  • It’s a small and intimate park which makes it the perfect venue for families with small children. It’s also a great venue for group bonding activities like a family reunion or company picnic.
  • The emphasis is on FUN, not THRILL.
  • The park is a safe secure environment for families. I am not just talking about the abundant presence of certified life guards. They have a strict photography policy at the park. Point your len’s at someone else’s kid and face ejection and even arrest. This actually happened a few weeks ago.
  • Affordable! There is no general admission which allows parents and grand parents to enter and watch their children enjoy the attractions. The park sells ride passes and charges for arcade games and food concessions. There is also 50-cent Friday nights.
  • I didn’t notice long lines for most of the attractions during my June visit.


FreeFALL Water Slide Quassy Amusement Park Middlebury, Connecticut
Two new FreeFall extreme bodyslides are now part of “Splash Away Bay” waterpark at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Conn. (photo courtesy ProSlide Technology)
Quassy Amusement Park Saturation Station
(Left photo) View of Saturation Station, the first interactive family water play area of its kind in the world. There are more than two-dozen ways to cool off at this attraction. (photo: Ossie Channer). (Right photos top and bottom) Guests cooling off under the giant tipping bucket at Saturation Station in Quassy Amusement Park’s Splash Away Bay. (photos courtesy of Quassy Amusement Park)
BulletBOWL at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut
The BulletBowl raft ride is one of three new slides at “Splash Away Bay” waterpark this year. Quassy Amusement Park virtually doubled the size of the water attraction during the off-season. (photos courtesy of ProSlide Technology)
Taking a dip in Lake Quassapaug at Quassy Amusement park in Middlebury, Connecticut
Taking a dip in Lake Quassapaug at Quassy Amusement park in Middlebury, Connecticut

Tips On What To Wear:

This is not the venue for cute chic (I totally made that up).  Comfortable, smart shoes; garments that dry quickly and allows you to quickly switch to a bathing suit and cross body bags are the best options for an amusement/water park venue. {Read this post for additional tips}  There are a lot of small kids around so stick with a conservative swimsuit that wont reveal too much or slide off after taking a whirl on one of the attractions.

What I Wore:

Dress: Vintage, high-low, lace dress (eBay) worn as a cover-up | Swimsuit: Emerald Green Maxine of Hollywood vintage inspired one-piece swimsuit (Marshalls) | Shoes: Converse all stars canvas lace-up sneakers | Sunnies: Rockawear, leopard print cat-eye sunglasses (Marshalls)

XoXo, Natasha

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  2. i’ve got to start putting money aside so i can visit and you can take me on a tour of all these fun places! i’m not one for roller coasters, but i might make an exception. great tips on what to wear…you look outdoor activity chic (i totally made that up!).
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