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“Great for families and kids”
Review of Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Bristol
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Owner description: With over 402 acres of fun, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America, welcoming families since 1846. Lake Compounce has ten cozy catering pavilions and plenty of room to host your next birthday, party, family reunion, and corporate event! Lake Compounce combines unique and exciting thrill rides and coasters for all ages with a full-sized water park—all for one low price. As the park continues to delight families from all around the New England area and beyond, the balance of evolution and tradition continues to play an important role at the nation’s first amusement park.
Litchfield County, CT
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great for families and kids”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

I've been to LC dozens of times over the past 25 years, and it gets better every time.

We started going to Lake Compounce before the water park was installed, when it it was basically a couple of rides, a train, and a sandy beach. I recently brought my nephew there after not having been in a couple of years. The transformation into a first class (if petite) park has been amazing.

The water park is expanded every year with more slides & attractions, keeping masses of people cool in the hot summer sun. There are areas just for babies and toddlers, as well. If you want to cool off without using the water park, there are two rides that will get you just a bit wet - the Sawmill Plunge log flume and the Thunder Rapids gentle water raft. Both are suitable for kids of most ages (height restrictions apply and are indicated at the park entrance and at each ride).

Don't miss riding the Wildcat (a traditional wood coaster) and the Boulder Dash, a unique wooden coaster that hugs the treed mountainside. For a great view of the surrounding area, take a 30 minute ride on the Sky Ride. This is basically a ski lift, and I would not recommend the Sky Ride for people afraid of heights or parents with slippery young kids. There is nothing but the bar in front of you, and you are high above the rocks. On a hot sunny day be sure you're hydrated and sunscreened before you get on.

Locals' secret - go to the park on Sunday. On summer weekdays the park is packed with busloads of summer camp kids. If you think you'll attend more than once, buy a season's pass and come late in the day. Camps usually clear out by 4pm and the lines for rides thin out. A season pass costs roughly the same as two single tickets, and passholders get three free bring-a-friend passes as well as discounts on food and merchandise.

There are several places to eat at Lake Compounce, from carnival snacks to sit-down restaurants. Soda is free and available at locations all over the park.

The midway games are not my thing, but it seems everyone wins something. In true midway fashion, the prizes are worth about what you pay to play.

In October this family-friendly park turns into the Haunted Graveyard. The water park and kiddy rides are closed, but all of the major rides are open as well as creepy Halloween themed attractions.

Visited June 2013
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Albertson, New York
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“The best kept secret in the Northeast!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you live in the NYC tri-state area, forget about the long lines and high ticket prices at Great Adventure in NJ. Go to Lake Compounce in CT instead. I went with my wife and 2 kids, ages 11 and 13, and we all had a great time. We had also gone about 4 years ago. The park is clean and well-maintained and definitely worth the trip. You can even buy your tickets online and save a couple of bucks. Lake Compounce is divided into a water park area and a dry rides area, with the notable exception of the "Saw Mill Plunge" Log Flume which is located in the dry area. Boulder Dash and Wildcat are rated as among the BEST wooden roller coasters in the world. The Zoomerang is a great steel roller coaster with a 125' drop, loops and twists, going both forwards and backwards! The Rev-O-Lution and Thunder N' Lightning are two other great newer thrill rides. They also have a kiddle area with plenty of rides for your little tykes. The rides in the water park area are the typical tubes, slides, lazy river and wave pool --- nothing extraordinary. Just good clean fun. Be sure to bring a change of clothes, of course. And BTW, they require shoes and shirts in the dry area. They won't let you on a "dry ride" without a shirt. My daughter wore a 2 piece bikini and they would not let her on the Log Flume. Go figure!
Believe it or not, drinks are free in the park. Yes, free Pepsi everywhere! The food is the usual overpriced burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc. We brought our own sandwiches and chips from home.
We went on a weekday in August and the lines were very short. We were able to go on some rides 2 and 3 times. This place is definitely worth the trip. It may not be as big as Great Adventure or have as many big rides, but it also doesn't have the 45+ minute lines either.

Visited August 2013
Thank John T C
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
“Family Day”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had a great time with the entire family. From grandparents all the way down to the grandbabies! I also appreciated the great accomodations for my husband who was bound to a wheelchair that day due to a spranged ankle which occurred the day before. Free drinks were also a pleasant surprise!

Visited August 2013
Thank SavannahX_12
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Cheshire, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A fun day for the family”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had a lot of fun with the whole group when we went to Lake Compounce. It was a bit pricey but if it's a once in a while thing then it's not so bad. Be prepared to get wet and bring a change of clothes if you are staying into the evening.

Visited July 2013
Thank Michele C
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Rutland, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Awesome park and clean!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

This park has been on my bucket list for years. We went here the Sunday before Labor Day and we were so happy with the experience that we are going to buy season passes next year. They had rides for all levels of adventure. They ranged from a loop coaster to the fastest wooden roller coaster I've ever ridden , to kiddie boat rides and family rafting/log rides. The food was decent and we paid $34 for a family of four. They give free Pepsi drinks and water all the time. There is a small water park with some slides and the crowd was small. If I was forced to give a downside, it would be paying $39 for an adult on top of $8 for parking.

Visited September 2013
Thank Mike S
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