A Guide to Connecticut's Water Parks and Theme Parks

Find the State's Coasters, Water Slides, and Other Rides and Attractions

Connecticut has a couple of wonderful amusement parks that also feature water parks. While they offer contemporary thrills, the two parks are noteworthy for their longevity and history. You used to be able to ride down water slides year-round at CoCo Key Water Resort in Waterbury, the state's lone indoor water park. Unfortunately, the hotel and water park closed in 2016.

As is often the case for amusement parks, especially in the northeast part of the country, there used to be quite a few more places to find fun in Connecticut that have since closed. For example, Savin Rock in West Haven operated from around 1870 to 1966. Its coasters included the Roller Boller, Giant Flyer, and Virginia Reel. West Haven was quite an, um, haven for parks. White City opened in the early 1900s and closed in 1967. Through the years, it offered two coasters, Sky Blazer and the White City Flyer. Also in West Haven, visitors could ride the Devil wooden coaster at Liberty Pier, which closed in 1932.

Roton Point opened in the 1880s in Norwalk and offered thrills on coasters such as the Skylark and Big Dipper until 1942. Steeplechase Island operated from 1892 to 1958 in Bridgeport. Lakewood Park used to entertain visitors in Waterbury. Riders could brave the Greyhound coaster at Walnut Beach in Milford until the New England Hurricane of 1938 destroyed it.

Before we get to Connecticut parks and attractions that are open, here are some resources to find nearby fun places and make travel plans:

Connecticut parks are listed alphabetically:

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Adventure Park in Storrs

Adventure Park at Storrs
Adventure Park at Storrs

This isn’t a traditional amusement park with roller coasters and other rides. Its owners describe it as an “aerial forest park.” Activities include zip lines, trails, and challenge bridges.

  • Outdoor adventure park
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Lake Compounce and Crocodile Cove in Bristol


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It doesn't trumpet its status too loudly, but Lake Compounce has the distinction of being the country’s oldest continuously operating amusement park. (It first opened in 1846.) It is a classic amusement park with some great modern touches. Among its highlights is Boulder Dash, one of the world’s most acclaimed wooden coasters. Other standouts include Phobia Phear, a triple-launched coaster, the Thunder Rapids raft ride, and the Wildcat wooden coaster, which opened in 1927.

Admission includes Crocodile Cove, Connecticut’s largest water park. One of its water slides empties into the namesake Lake Compounce. In 2021, the park welcomed Venus Vortex to the lineup. Crocodile Cove’s largest water slide to date, it sends passengers in large tubes down a dark tunnel and into a halfpipe-like ramp for its finale.

  • Amusement park and outdoor water park
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Nature’s Art Village in Montville

Nature’s Art Village Splashpad
Nature’s Art Village

Nature’s Art Village is not a conventional amusement park and does not offer the typical assortment of coasters and spinning rides found at parks. Attractions include The Dinosaur Place, an exhibit of dozens of animated dinosaurs, a playground, and a moon bounce. A splashpad allows visitors to cool down with a variety of sprayers and other ways to get wet. Indoor activities include a silver mine, panning for gold, and The Genius Museum. The complex also includes shops and an antiques marketplace.

  • Outdoor adventure park, splashpad, and indoor attractions
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Ocean Beach Park in New London

Ocean Beach Park Connecticut
Ocean Beach Park

The small seaside park offers a few kiddie rides and family rides such as a carousel, a Scrambler, and a junior roller coaster. Ocean Beach doesn’t really offer a water park. It's just a single water slide, a few sprayers for younger visitors, and a pool. Of course, the ocean offers some water activities as well.

  • Amusement park and outdoor water slide
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On Track Karting in Brookfield and Wallingford

Junior and adult racing vehicles are available at the two On Track Karting locations. Participants race against one another during timed track sessions.

  • Kart racing
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Quassy Amusement Park and Splash Away Bay in Middlebury

Photo of the highly rated wooden coaster at Quassy in Middlebury, Connecticut.

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It's not quite as old as Lake Compounce, but Quassy dates back to 1908 and is one of the country’s few remaining trolley parks​. It also offers an outdoor water park as well as swimming in its lake. And it features a wonderful wooden roller coaster, Wooden Warrior. Other attractions at the charming park include a freefall tower, a water coaster, the Little Dipper roller coaster, and additional thrill rides and kiddie rides.

In 2020, Quassy opened Tidal Wave, a swinging pirate ship ride. For 2022, the water park will introduce a new uphill water coaster. Quassy officials say that the major attraction will represent the largest investment in the park’s history.

  • Amusement park and outdoor water park
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Sonny’s Place in Somers

Carousel at Sonny's Place in Connecticut

Sonny's Place

The family entertainment center offers a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions and things to do. These include rides aboard a lovely antique carousel, an XD dark ride, a large play structure with slides, bridges, and other activities, a virtual reality experience, laser tag, a zip-line, go karts, mini-golf, batting cages, a rock climbing wall, and an arcade. There is also a restaurant and a bar.