2009 Summer

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

Families seeking affordable fun this summer need look no further than Connecticut's Litchfield Hills, where two of the nation's classic amusement parks continue to find new ways to entertain visitors.

Additions at Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol, www.lakecompounce.com. the nation's oldest, continuously operating amusement park, is marking its 163rd season with three new rides, new games and many other family friendly additions. The new rides include WipeOut, a topsy-turvy spinning ride, and Tunnel Twisters, a tower with three water slides to add excitement to the water park. Little ones will love the Jolly Jester, a new pirate ship kiddieland ride.

The games section offers new challenges like Blockbuster, where winning a prize means knocking all three blocks off a platform. Boulder Darts, Goblet Toss, Mini Hoops and a two level ring toss are other new additions.

Redesigned restrooms and additional lockers help make a visit more convenient and a new Slush Factory where patrons can mix and match their own colors and flavors of frozen drinks is sure to please.

Free Shows and Big News at Quassy

Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury www.quassy.com. is helping families during the economic downturn by holding prices at 2008 levels and bringing in three big free shows, Cirque Equinox, the Kent Family Magic Circus and the Kenya Safari Acrobats. The park has no admission charge and the shows are open to all.

Quassy launched its 101st season with the announcement of a projected $5 million multi-year plan that will bring a new wooden roller coaster, a 35-foot drop tower ride and a Bullet Bowl water raft attraction at Saturation Station, Quassy's interactive family water play area. New attractions will not change the old-fashioned appeal of the park where the family beach on Lake Quassapaug and rides on the paddle wheeler Miss Quassy are long-time favorites.

For more information on family fun and a free copy of UNWIND, a 116-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills contact Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506 or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.