Travel time: 1 hr 45 mins by car
Quassy is the perfect amusement park for little kids, a family-friendly spot on Lake Quassapaug. There are rides like kiddie bumper cars for the tinier tots, and bumper cars for the bigger kids. The highlight is the Wooden Warrior, an old school-style wooden roller coaster. You can take full advantage of the lake: Stake out a spot on the beach, go for a dip, set out on paddle boats or go for a 30-minute cruise on the Quassy Queen. It's a full day of summertime fun. Middlebury, CT (203-758-2913, quassy.com) All-day pass $29.99, $25.99 45 inches and shorter. All ages.