Summer #INHartford: Lake Compounce

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Lake Compounce kicked off their summer season this past weekend. Recently, was invited to tour the park prior to its 2017 opening for some behind-the-scenes first looks at the prep work happening all over the park.


Summer Storm at Lake Compounce ©Photo by Edward Main

While the park has been open a few weekends already this month, Memorial Day Weekend marked the point where the park will be open nearly every day until the end of August (exclusions: May 30, June 5-6). In addition, Crocodile Cove, the water ride area of the park, opened for the season on May 27th.

One thing we noticed that was new for 2017 is a “Season Dining Pass” as an add-on for season ticket holders. For $79, visitors can receive 2 meals, plus popcorn or cotton candy, everyday they visit the park. That averages less than a buck a day if you go every day. More realistically, you are likely to spend $10 a meal each time, so a season ticket holder just IMG_9760IMG_9761needs to go four days during the season and have two meals on those days to break even. I’m pretty sure if you are a season ticket holder you are likely to go more than four days this summer, so pretty smart add-on idea.



Boulder Dash – Dash through boulders and trees along the lake in this award-winning, fast-paced, wooden “mountain coaster”.
Zoomerang – Smooth metal boomerang-style coaster that flip and turns
Wildcat – Opens week of June 15. One of the oldest in the country, built in 1927, turns 90 in 2017. Classic wooden coaster, tosses riders in a wild fun ride

Special Days

SUN June 4: First Annual Talent Show – see/hear participants battle to win
SUN June 18: Father’s Day car show and free beer tasting from local Connecticut craft breweries
FRI June 23: Good Grades Day: BOGO for students with A/B only.
SAT June 24: Good Grades Day BOGO for students with A/B only.
SUN June 25: Autism Awareness Day
SAT July 1: Fireworks over the Lake! (Rain date July 7)
FRI July 14: Hero Appreciation Day – First Responders get into Lake Compounce FREE with the purchase of one regular admission ticket
(see parks’ website for details, rules and MORE events)

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