I bet you didn't even realize you had one of the top amusement parks in the country right in your own backyard. In fact, a new survey just ranked Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut tops in the Northeast for one main reason.

There's one thing most families will agree with -- a theme park vacation can become very costly. Fortunately, there are still a few places where you can take the whole family and have an amazing time without clearing out your bank account.

The website hometogo.com just finished an extensive study and have ranked the Top 50 amusement parks in the country based on their affordability. They call it the theme park price index. The rankings were based on four common factors:

  • ·         Parking
  • ·         Adult any day 1-day ticket
  • ·         Meal deal
  • ·         Accommodations for one night

Here's the basic methodology that was used to get survey results. Park websites were used to provided parking, ticket, and meal deal prices, and HomeToGo used its own metasearch data to forecast the average cost of accommodations (per person per night) between April 6th and June 22nd.

Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut jumped up a full notch from last year's list and for 2019, ranks as the third most affordable theme park in the country. It's also the number one most affordable amusement park in the entire Northeast.

Here's what HomeToGo had to say about Quassy:

This small, family amusement park packs a punch! Quassy Amusement Park is home to an award-winning wooden roller coaster, multiple white-knuckle rides, plus a waterpark kids will simply love. You’ll come away beaming after a day of family fun, with plenty of spare change left in your pocket!

Only amusement parks in Oklahoma and Indiana were found to be more affordable then Quassy. Here's the list of the Top 3 rankings from the 2019 survey:

Most Affordable:

1- Frontier City, Oklahoma $78.81
2- Holiday World, Indiana $83.94
3- Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury, Connecticut $85.04

Least Affordable:

1- Universal Studios Hollywood, California  $274.79
2- Magic Kingdom, Florida  $260.56
3- Disney's Hollywood Studios, Florida

This year, Quassy even made the All-Northeast team, coming in number one for affordability:

Northeast - Quassy Amusement Park
Mid Atlantic - Hershey Park
Midwest - Holiday World
South - The Park at AWA
Southwest - Frontier City
West - Knott's Berry Farm

So the next time the kids want to get a few thrills, do a stay-cation and head to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury. The family will have a blast, and you won't wind up breaking the bank.