When Lake Compounce invited me to review their park, the history nerd in me jumped at the chance -- this is, afterall, the oldest, continuously run amusement park in North America. And although there are touches of nostalgia throughout the theme park, their newest coasters are are anything but old-fashioned. Lake Compounce is home to the out-of-this-world Zoomerang and Phobia steel coasters as well as the ginourmous Wildcat and Boulder Dash wooden coasters. And they also have so many age appropriate kiddie rides. This really is the perfect family park with something for everyone.
No one will feel left out at this park. There are over 20 attractions that the littlest kiddos can enjoy -- some of them are so gentle it's the absolute perfect first park experience for toddlers. The grounds are very stroller friendly and there are lots of clean bathrooms with changing tables scattered about. If you have a budding paleontologist, the Dino Expedition will be such a treat -- a walk through experience with animatronic dinos as well as a large, shaded excavation pit.
There are also plenty of attractions for those of us who perhaps don't love to be turned upside down. All the classics are represented here: the giant ferris wheel, historic carousel and trolley rides, bumper cars, swings, a sky ride and more. Eden's favorite quickly became the American Flyers: WWII themed aircraft swings with paddles that you can use to twist back and forth.
Crocodile Cove water park is included with the price of admission and is open daily through September 4. Again, Lake Compounce nails it with family fun for everyone devoting an entire section of the water park to the littlest park goers. Faith had a BLAST at the mini wave pool, the preschool area, and the different splash pads. But there are tons of water slides for all ages and a giant wave pool for all of us big kids. You could spend an entire day just at Crocodile Cove. There are plenty of life vests available for the kiddos; however, you might want to bring a puddle jumper from home as they are usually a better fit and allow the kids to play more comfortably. (You can bring any life vest from home as long as it is Coast Guard approved).
Relaxing by the lake is also a viable option on any visit.
Although no outside food or drink is allowed inside the park (the bag check is thorough) there are lots of dining options throughout the park. It's important to note that a small lunchbox will be allowed through bag check for babies and those with food allergies. As we are an allergy family, we packed a lunch and took a break to have a car picnic back in the parking lot (only a short walk from the front gate). There are shaded picnic tables available in the parking area. An added perk is that FREE unlimited Pepsi products and water are offered with admission so you don't have to worry about carrying around a water bottle. Just look for these drink stands and help yourself:
With over 50 attractions that truly offer something for all ages, Lake Compounce is the perfect place to spend a family day this summer. Best of all: readers of The413Mom can get a $5 discount off of regular priced admission by using this link. Just enter the code 413MomSBlog17 at checkout and you'll be able to purchase regular single day admission tickets for only $38.99 each. Junior admission for guests under 52" tall is always $33.99, and senior admission for those over age 60 is only $22.99.
Lake Compounce is located at 186 Enterprise Drive in Bristol, CT. It's just about an hours drive from Springfield and is located in such a beautiful setting. The park opens at 11 a.m. most days but check the calendar for specifics. I hope you enjoy the park as much as we did. I'm confident the whole family will find it Road Trip Worthy. #lakecompounce #adventureawaits