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Lake Compounce, Bristol

(3.9/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Originally opened as a family "picnic" park, Lake Compounce today features three roller coaster rides and more than 40 attractions. Welcoming families since 1846, it lays claim to being the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the United States. Make sure to check out Boulder Dash, the popular wooden coaster built into the side of a mountain. Try out the slides, the wave pool, and the lazy river of Connecticut’s largest water park for no extra charge. Refresh on the go, or rent a cabana and relax on the lounge chairs. Note that the line lengths for the rides fluctuate depending on the number of campers in the area. Using our online itinerary creator, Bristol attractions like Lake Compounce can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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TripAdvisor
  • This amusement park is great for family fun! You can bring the whole family, it's not all roller coasters like other parks. There is free pepsi all day which is nice. The water parks are nice. I did f...  more »
  • Lake Compounce is one of the Oldest operating amusement park in America which adds to The Value. Boulder Dash is one of the Best Wooden coasters. Offering the convenience of wet and dry within steps o...  more »
  • For someone out of state checking this place out was a surprise. I did not expect it to be anywhere near as good as a Six Flags or a big chain. This place surprised me "Boulder Dash" was thrilling and...  more »
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  • Nice vibe, nice people. Much more enjoyable than your average theme park. I was not blown away with the haunted grave yard, but it was fun for a group. It was 45 minutes long, but it got really boring. I would love to see more "impact" and less time. Very well maintained facilities and excellent staff.
  • Amusement park with many great roller-coasters for the 48" and taller kids. Free soda all over the park sounds good, but the bees were out in force. The waterpark was a lot of fun, but the odd arrangement led to confusion over the entrances. The amusement side of the park is very consolidated, so it was easy to walk from one side of the park to the other. When we were there, some of the games were under-staffed.
  • Fun rides at a local theme park! It can be very reasonable with virtually no crowds depending on the time of the year you go. Boulder Dash, their wooden coaster is very bumpy so you will get jerked around in your seat. Some folks thought they were going to break a neck bone or two. Fast, not very scary, but throws you around. Zoomerang is faaast and definitely not for the light-hearted, Down time was a lot of fun with its 180+ foot fall although I also enjoyed the lovely birds-eye views of Southington/Bristol. Took a 30 minute Sky Ride and that provided even more majestic views of the surroundings. Moves really slooow and can be a little scary for ones with vertigo especially on the way up. Go late summer, can't beat the no-wait lines!
  • If you drive into the parking lot of Lake Compounce with your family and notice 40+ school buses and tour buses parked along the back of the lot RUN as fast as you can!!! I realized upon seeing all of the campers that must be inside the park that it was probably going to be a bad day. I was right! Campers had completely taken over the entire park. Running and screaming all through the park. Many of the counselors did not have their groups under control. The final straw for us was when we were waiting in line at the haunted house with a group of pre/teen campers in front of us. After about 10 minutes of waiting the second half of this camp group decides to join the line behind us. Immediately a handful cut us to join their group. We say nothing. Minutes later the group that remained behind us decided to follow suit and lift up the chain to go under and join their group as well. There had to be about 15-20 of them that did this to us. The counselors did not say anything to them to get back in line behind us. It is not fair to families with young children to have to endure this poor behavior. After a few choice words for the counselors who were suppose to oversee this group we left with our 5 year old extremely disappointed. We then went to guest services to voice our dismay with this mob scene of campers. The two people we spoke to agreed that it was a very busy day for campers, but did nothing to rectify our awful experience. After driving over 2 hours from Boston to make it to the park we ended up exiting after just 2 hours. It was a complete waste of our time and vacation and $140 on a family four pack down the drain. Terrible experience! Here's a tip for you Lake Compounce. Perhaps you could dedicate a few days a month specifically for campers to enjoy so that small families don't have to endure the mob scene of kids running around with counselors who can't control them or limit the amount of camps that are able to enter on a given day with the general crowd. It is not fair for the small families that come from far distances not to be able to enjoy their time there. We will never go back, nor would we recommend Lake Compounce.
  • My family and i spent 3 days at the Lake Compounce Campgrounds and we did not want to leave. Michael Cordani, the Bear Creek Campground Manager, couldnt be nicer or more helpful. From the time we checked in, until the time we left, he was there with a smile on his face, each and every time. He helped us through every request, every question, and even through a problem we had. His entire staff greeted us with smiles and were so friendly. We had the pleasure of trying out 3 different sleeping arrangements. The 2 bedroom cabin was large, beautiful, clean and accommodated multiple family members and friends. The following evening we moved into the 1 bedroom cabin and the kitchen/dining area was huge. So was the enormous bathroom. There were 2 full sized beds. Again, clean and wonderful area. We also had the Cubhut which was so quaint, cute and beautifully decorated. My husband and I ended up sleeping there and we loved it! Finally: privacy! We attended the Balloon Festival that weekend and again. Michael, was so helpful with information and directions. We even tried out several restaurants in the area as per his suggestion and they were wonderful and delicious. The following morning, it was so peaceful and friendly at the campgrounds, that we sat outside out Cubhut in the Adirondack chairs and watched the sunrise, the children play in the park, and relaxed. Again - we did not want to leave. I cant thank Michael and his staff enough. He was a pleasure to speak to and I hope the next time we stay, we get to see him again. He made the entire stay fantastic! Christine Herkommer