No Fear Here–Fast Summer Fun in Connecticut Last Updated 6/17

From coasters and cliff jumps to zip lines and water slides, these Connecticut family adventures really get the heart racing this summer.

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Thrill Rides

Kids start lining up in May at Lake Compounce & Crocodile Cove in Bristol to try out the coasters and classic rides at America’s oldest continuously operated amusement park. The Phobia ride adds New England’s first triple-launch coaster to the park, known for decades as the home of Boulder Dash—the “world’s #1 wooden coaster.” The summer tradition includes another superlative: Connecticut’s largest water park, Crocodile Cove. 

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Water Slides

On the banks of Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark features plenty of ways to get drenched. Splash Away Bay and the Wooden Warrior roller coaster add speed to the equation, or go Old School with bumper cars, paddleboats and midway games. 

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Zip It

Gear up and hook onto zip lines around the state. At the Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, navigate treetop trails and bridges connected by 21 zip lines. If the platforms and obstacles don’t take your breath away, the surrounding woods will. At its sister park, the Adventure Park at Storrs, choose from seven aerial trails, 15 zip lines and more than 100 bridges. Night climbing and zipping adds an extreme element, if dangling four stories up isn’t extreme enough. Other zip adventures can be found at Nomad’s Outdoor Adventure in South Windsor and Fields of Fire in Mystic.

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Swing and Soar

Risk and reward is also the name of the game at EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center in Middletown. A series of adventure courses encourages visitors to traverse sky bridges and swing from nature’s rafters on zip lines up to 650 feet long. 

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Dig the Dinos

A walk in the woods at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village in Montville leads to encounters with 40 life-size dinosaur replicas throughout the park. This unplugged adventure is perfect for smaller kids and includes New England’s largest splash pad.

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Quarry Quest

All the action at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland centers on a historic brownstone quarry where most of the activities end with a splash. On the banks, visitors climb a 70-foot cliff and zip back down for a water landing. Some of the 14 zip lines have dry landings, but where’s the fun in that?