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“Definitely worth a visit...”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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“Definitely worth a visit...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2010

There are 3 reasons why you should visit Lake Compounce...

1. Boulder Dash. It was one of the longest and fastest wooden coasters on earth when it opened in 2000, and still gives a great ride after 10 years. It's built completely into the side of the mountain, and much of it is in the woods with trees obstructing your view, so you don't know what's going to happen next. I have been on quite a few coasters, and BD remains one of my all-time favorites!

2. The Sky Ride. It's like no other. This one takes you some 800 feet up Compounce Mountain and back. When you get to the top, you're at one of the highest points in the state, and have a spectacular view of the CT valley. You can see Hartford and on a clear enough day, all the way to Long Island Sound! The ride lasts over 20 minutes, and is very relaxing, unless you're afraid of heights! (The sky ride closes in October).

3. The Haunted Graveyard (in October) is one of the largest Halloween attractions in New England. This hour-long walk-through includes among other things a vampire castle, haunted mansion, and the graveyard of course. It is VERY scary and is not for the timid (I have a 40 year old uncle that won't got through!) And it's for a good cause; the proceeds go to charity. In addition, there are many smaller haunted houses/Halloween attractions scattered throughout the park, and most of the rides remain open. The Graveyard and the rides require separate admissions.

If you're a nostalgia buff you might also like the Wildcat coaster. It opened in 1927, and is the oldest coaster in New England (it is rickety, but sure was fun to operate.) There's also a beautiful c.1895 hand-carved wooden carousel, and an open-air trolley that used to bring guests to the park before cars were common, on a VERY short track. The rest of the rides are standard ones that you'd find at any amusement park, although these's a good mix of rides for families, kids, and thrill-seekers alike.

If you're looking to beat the crowds, go on a week-day during the latter half of June, or one of the first Fridays in October. These are the times when crowds tend to be thinnest. If possible, avoid visiting in August, even during the week, as this is the time when many large corporate picnics are held and families rush to visit before summer ends. People pack themselves into the waterpark like sardines, and the lines for the rides are generally VERY long. Plans are currently underway to expand the park significantly, especially the waterpark, and this should help with overcrowding, but this won't be finished for the next several years.

If you have any questions about the park (or the "Lake", as locals call it), message me, and I'd be happy to help, as I worked in ride operatoons for 3 years, and have patronized the park my entire life.

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kew gardens ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

was 90 plus degrees water was warm after the first dunk to get used to it!they have the bees under control since last time always free soda throughout the park! wouldnt pay $22 for a pizza though. also need to build another locker/changing room area gets very crowded before and after

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

This park doesn't have huge rides but is is a nice quiet park. Lines aren't too long and there is free soda even the food isn't too badly priced it's a great "daycation" I recommend it for families with kids.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A clean and fun amusement park!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2010

Went to Lake Compounce on a recent Friday afternoon. Unfortunately it was very crowded w/picnics, etc... Were told by a worker that there were approx. 10,000 people there--not a usual crowd on a Friday. Had to wait in very long lines and did not get on too many rides. The park itself is very nice and clean! The entrance price/parking is average compared to other theme parks--but lines were exceptionally long for a weekday. (Even Disney's lines were not even as long as this park!) Workers very nice and helpful--esp. a store worker/mgr. KATIE who even opened an already closed store for something our daughter wanted to buy! Want to try again, however, we might travel during the week for a visit to Lake Compounce!

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“Old-school amusement park - well maintained”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2010

Went with my husband, our 3 year old and another family. We're not frequent theme park visitors. If you're looking for a big park with crazy rides you may be dissapointed but we had an amazing time. Easy to find, just outside of Harthford. Beautiful August Saturday and wasn't over-crowded - the lines moved quickly (barely any lines for the kids rides). Beautiful location (flume ride and old wooden roller coaster takes you through the woods) the park was clean and well landscaped, the staff was courteous. The entertainment was great (kids loved the hokey singers that we ran into 3 times, we loved the acrobats). Yeah paying $7 to park was kind of silly but $37 didn't seem that steep (3 and under were free so that helped). WIsh I had remembered the AAA discount.

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