Family Fun for ALL at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT!
I’m all about trying to find things to do with my family of 7 that doesn’t require flying some place in the world! I love finding things that are close to my house and places that I know my kids will have fun at and want to travel back to again (and again!). We headed to Lake Compounce this weekend, which is located in Bristol, CT. It’s about 2 hours from our house, so it was an easy drive for us. Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the United States, which makes it not only cool to visit, but historical, too! I just love stuff like this! Ironically my parents love in Bristol, RI which is home to the oldest continuously running 4th of July parade in the country!
Lake Compunce Satisfied the Entire Family
With 5 kids that are 4, 10, 11, 12 and 13… it’s not always easy to find places that we can go that we ALL enjoy. Either the boys are having fun or Victoria is having fun, that’s how it is at most places. But this time? This time around at Lake Compounce? There was something for everyone and it was a perfect day! Not to mention we were celebrating Father’s Day AND my son Henry’s 10th birthday! Double celebration at Lake Compounce for the McClelland family!
One thing I didn’t know about Lake Compounce was that there is a water park section of the Park, too! I just thought it was all rides, so this was so much fun to discover as I was checking out the website before we traveled there! They opened at 11AM, so we made sure to be there exactly at 11AM to grab some seats in the water park and really kick off our day! It was awesome because the day was GORGEOUS! High 80’s and not a cloud in the sky!
We were the first people down by the lake on Sunday! It was perfect! The kids were able to splash around for a little bit without anyone else to worry about! I actually couldn’t believe that we were at an amusement park, it seemed like a beautiful campground up in Maine or New Hampshire! It was so peaceful!
Then… of course, the kids all wanted to go splash and play!
The Kids Loved the Water Park and Rides at Lake Compounce
The water park portion is phenomenal! It’s the perfect size and I was fine with my sons running off to go on the lazy river or head down the “bigger” rides. They were obsessed with Lights Out, which is a high-speed slide down in the dark. And then absolutely loved Riptide Racer, which you are literally placed in racer pits up to four riders in a side by side, plunging race to a twisting, screaming finale. They LOVED this and went on about a dozen times! Since it was so hot, we were fine with them staying in the water portion and soaking up all the fun! Victoria and I went around the Croc-O-Nile, which is a lazy river experience about a dozen times, too!
After we spent hours in the water park area, we set off to hit up some rides in the park!
Our family fave?
We had 2!
- Ghost Hunt – Shoot the illusions. Or are they illusions? The kids loved this ride! We went on twice and they really had such an awesome time! Victoria really enjoyed it, too and she even scored some points!
- Antique Carousel which was built in 1898 and moved to Lake Compounce in 1911. This is one of America’s oldest carousels. My kids LOVED this and it was really cool to be part of and ride with them!
The park was a blast!
If you’re near Connecticut I highly recommend taking a day trip to the Park! I thought it was clean, well-staffed and everyone was very friendly there!
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Disclosure: Press trip. Tickets were comped. All opinions are 100% my own.