Review

The Perfect Day @LakeCompounce in Bristol CT

Disclosure: I have been provided tickets in exchange for promotion and review of Lake Compounce.
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Lake Compounce is located in nearby Bristol CT. Every year we try to take our children to at least one amusement park. Although we live in CT we are never actually here for our fun time since we camp seasonally in Maine. But this year we are planning some CT trips prior to the 4th of July holiday and Lake Compounce was the perfect solution.

The children’s last day of school was yesterday and today we jump right into having fun!

 

186 Enterprise Drive

Bristol CT 06010

PH 860.583.3300

Fax 860.585.9987

http://www.lakecompounce.com

 

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About Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks and New England’s premier family theme park opens May 10th for the 2014 season. Home to Crocodile Cove, the largest water park in Connecticut, Lake Compounce is also preparing to open Bear Creek Campground this Summer. Established in 1846, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America. Platinum Season Passes are currently on sale for the 2014 season for $74.99 and newly introduced Summer passes are $50.00. More information and the park’s operating schedule can be found at lakecompounce.com.

About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment owns and operates 37 theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood, Idlewild and Story Land on the east coast. The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the US. For more information, visit palaceentertainment.com.

Lake Compounce opened this year on May 10th (Saturday). Although it is the oldest amusement park in the country, they have added some awesome new attractions this year such as, the first Pink’s Hollywood Hot Dogs on the East Coast, Bear Creek Campground with charming cabins and traditional tipis, and a weekend laser light spectacle that will “illuminate the night”. They have even created two new season pass options and increased the number of cabanas in Crocodile Cove Water Park.

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Lake Compounce has partnered with Pink’s Hot Dogs, a Hollywood Legend since 1939, to open an in-park location across from the Carousel this May. Pink’s Hot Dogs was titled the number one hot dog stand in a list of the ‘Top Ten Hot Dog Stands in the U.S.’ by Fox News. The eminent hot dog stand attracts celebrities such as, Jay Leno and Martha Stewart, and Food Network superstars – Giada de Laurentiis and Guy Fieri. The East Coast’s first Pink’s Hot Dog is deemed to host its grand opening on May 17th alongside the Weiner Dog 100 race featuring Dachshunds racing for the title of Fastest Hot Dog.

Beginning July 4th, the new and magical laser light show, ‘Illuminate the Night’, will light up the night sky every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through August 24th. Produced by Lasertainment in Minnesota, a 50-foot water wall will veil across the lake with simultaneous synchronized music, projections and lasers.

Bear Creek Campground was announced earlier year and will have its grand opening on July 1st. Reservations are currently being taken via telephone, and can soon be made directly on www.campbearcreek.com. In addition to the 20 fully-furnished cabins, 56 RV sites equip with water and electricity, and 30 tent sites, the campground will also be adding 5 tipis. Each tipi has the capacity to sleep 4-6 people, and will have electricity and a mini refrigerator.

Crocodile Cove Water Park has welcomed five additional cabanas that will be located near Bayou Bay, one of the park’s two wave pools. All of the park cabanas have been upgraded to V.I.P. status and will now include a free tote, towel, sunscreen, two large lockers and in-park coupons. In addition, guests can now take advantage of cabana food service by placing their order during the time of rental and can customize their preferred time of delivery.

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And now you can also get a Platinum season pass which includes the Haunted Graveyard and Holiday Lights. It currently sells for $74.99 or may be purchased in three equal installments of $25.01. Unlimited parking passes are available for $34 as well as a 10% discount of food and retail purchases are available. The Summer Pass is $50 and is valid for park entry from May through September with no additional perks. To upgrade a one day ticket to a Summer or Platinum pass simply visit guest relations.

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Also new for this year is their Organic Selects options. Families are exactly who they had in mind when the park decided to expand its quality dining options this summer to include a new line of Organic Selects. Lake Compounce is host to thousands of parents with young children every summer and the park feels it’s important to provide dining options that include wholesome alternatives such as organic chicken tenders, hamburgers, and salads made with premium quality ingredients. The park will also begin offering more nutritious snack items in addition to classic theme park treats. This summer guests will see organic cookies, Zbars, soup, chicken strips and wraps, salad and more, all made with natural ingredients, located at Lake Compounce’s Croc Pot.

Lake Compounce is dedicated to providing the highest level quality throughout the park. The new Organics Selects menu items all have USDA Organic Certification. For more information and full list of items offered on the Organic Selects menu at Lake Compounce, visit www.lakecompounce.com

And just for you!!

You can get your tickets for $7 off with code SUMMER2014 at LakeCompounce.com

This is $7 off the $39.99 regular admission gate price via an online purchase

(The code gets input in the upper right hand corner) – Expires 09/01/14)

Connect with Lake Compounce

Twitter: @LakeCompounce
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LakeCompounce
Instagram: @LakeCompounce

So today (6/18) we had the opportunity to go check Lake Compounce out.  I seriously cannot believe that I have spent most of my life in CT and I have never been to such a phenomenal park.  We had a terrific time.

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We arrived around 1:30pm – we had appointments beforehand.  My children have special needs so they were allowed to have the SAM bracelet which is specifically designed for any guest that has a physical or mental impairment that limits their ability to wait long periods in lines to the rides or slides.   My kids have disabilities that definitely limit this ability.  The wristband does not work for several rides, which we were notified of, and Crocodile Cove.  However, we were able to make reservations for the three rides that were not accessible with the wristband.  That was quite a smooth process.  Additionally, with the wristband, once they were on the ride, they were allowed to stay on for two trips in a row.

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Having said that – there were very few rides where the lines were long enough to even have the bands be necessary.  We often did not bypass anyone and in those small lines, the kids did okay.  Although we didn’t utilize this service – there are lockers available so you don’t need to carry all your belongings everywhere.

Check out my kids – swinging and spinning.  They look so relaxed in those seats.

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My son’s favorite attraction – he must have gone on that 15 times…

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This was Sephora and Bob’s favorite ride.  I don’t know that I ever liked rides this extreme.  This was amazing.

I went on this particular ride with all three kids.  Years ago I could easily do these rides that spin, go upside down and do all sorts of crazy things.  Now it is my kids’ turns.  We are spinning as I snapped this photo…

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We had the luxury of a beautiful day – the weather was perfect, the park wasn’t overly packed and it was just about everything we could have asked for.  But, it was HOT.  Thankfully, Lake Compounce has a program where you can buy certain bottles and get free soda refills all day; or with other bottles (the tall skinny ones) you pay for Icees and get refills for a mere $.99 each time all day long.  For a minimal cost (considering how many refills we needed) we were able to keep from getting dehydrated.

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We also checked out their Organic Menu and loved it. There is a significant menu with so many items to choose from.  We had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (favorite of all kids), a container of organic milk and a fruit and yogurt parfait.  Then we went right back out to the park feeling full and fulfilled!  There are so many menu options throughout the park but it is extremely important to me to be able to manage some healthy options for my family, even in an amusement park.

Crocodile Cove was open until 7pm today and the rest of the park was open until 8pm.  That was plenty of time.  By the time we left at 8pm the children were incredibly exhausted.  My daughter barely made it out of the parking lot before she was asleep.

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It was a long day – we all had a bit of sun, wind, water.  We were tired and disheveled.  But we had such an awesome day!  My hair was quite a mess

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So if you haven’t checked out this jewel of Connecticut – you really should.  It was more than a days worth of fun – we could easily have occupied ourselves for so much more time.

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2 Comments

  • Sandra Watts

    Looks like fun. We have not had a vacation since, well I can’t remember. We go to local places and find things to do but a real vacation we have not done in a very long time. How do you vacation inexpensively?

  • Athena

    The easiest things we do, which are often still not inexpensive, is pack lunches, snacks; research deals beforehand – do they accept AAA, AARP or any other discount; are there any deals through Groupon, LivingSocial or other.

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