I visited Lake Compounce for the first time in 2011 and returned in 2012. This year, I bought a season pass and have visited twice. Sadly, none of my experiences have matched my first but I can say that with a world class coaster and plenty other rides and experiences, Lake Compounce is a great little park to visit.
I had one goal when I first went to Lake Compounce was to try out Boulder Dash and I was pleasantly surprised by just how pleasant the atmosphere was yet how well the park was maintained. The free soft drink policy is a great perk for the park and it shows that the park is taking all of your money up front and is not worming it out of you with overpriced everyday commodities.
The ride selection, though somewhat sparse, has a fantastic variety that will allow everybody to have fun, so I would definitely recommend this for a day trip with the family. The ride selection for younger children is much greater than for thrill seekers. There are only 4 quality attractions for thrill seekers. This includes Boulder Dash, Downtime, and Thunder & Lightning. The only other attraction is the sky coaster which costs extra money. Wildcat is a rather tame and somewhat rough wooden coaster though it does have one part that is quite fun. Zoomerang is a ride that you can find at pretty much any other park and is mediocre at best. The water park lacks any rides that seriously appeal to thrill seekers (whether they are intended to or not) but I would still recommend checking it out because you can still enjoy some of the tube slides.
Despite the lack of thrill rides, I would still recommend Lake Compounce to any thrill seeker. Boulder Dash is one of if not the best roller coaster in the world. It is certainly not scary but it packs more punch than you could imagine. If Boulder Dash was a solitary attraction with no park around it that costed $40 to have unlimited rides, I would recommend this park.
My biggest complaint with Lake Compounce is its operations. I continue to return to this park, driving 2 1/2 hours from New Jersey to find Boulder Dash and Wildcat running one train. When I come on a crowded July day with the queue line pouring out of the entrance for Boulder Dash, I would expect the park to recognize that the line will be upwards of 45 minutes and take out a second train. There could have been troubles with the other train, but I know that when 3 out of the 4 times I've been there I have had this problem, I can't help but feel it is an attempt to save money on operations. The operators are not that fast either. They often waste time talking to their fellow operators when there is only one train and the capacity is already low. For driving 2 1/2 hours I do not want to wait in that kind of a line. This is more of a complaint for people travelling from long distance. Locals of Connecticut who have season passes would more likely enjoy a day trip than people from a distance. However, it is still well worth the trip.
Lake Compounce is very good at saving people from coming on the wrong day. Whenever a ride is down they post it on their Facebook and on their website. It is a little pricey, but they generally have low prices in their park and drinks are free. Plus parking isn't very pricey at all.
Overall, Lake Compounce is a great park that I would recommend to anyone. It is a nice small park that is a refresher from larger parks like Six Flags which throw advertising at you and do not take care of their parks.
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