Rob Pastor

Published: July 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

You certainly get around. That's how many parks so far this year? The park looks absolutely beautiful in the mountain like setting, especially the coaster along the hill's ridge. Before Kennywood/Sand Castle was purchased by Palace, Kennywood also owned Lake Compounce along with Idlewild Park, a children's park set in the mountains of western Pa. The sale netted Palace all three amusement parks plus the Sand Castle water park. You would probably enjoy Kennywood which has a number of unique coasters plus rides that no longer exist anywhere else. And it's on the historical registry.....Thanks again for a nice trip report on a park very few are familiar with.
71.234.3.66

Published: July 25, 2013 at 5:20 AM

Nice article, but two (2) corrections - LC was opened in 1846 and it holds the record as the longest continually-active amusement park in the USA. During the a period of financial uncertainty in 80's and 90's, the park did not operate on a full schedule. However, park fans volunteered their time and the park was only open over Labor Day weekend (generally) to continue it's record run. No rides, but a time to meet with others who share appreciation for this wonderful park.
rafael g

Published: July 25, 2013 at 6:03 AM

I jut took the family over there, we really enjoyed the park. I really was not expecting for Boulder Dash to be so much fun! My only regret is not buying the season pass!
Russell Meyer
Writer

Published: July 25, 2013 at 6:34 AM

I had a chance to go to Lake Compounce a few years ago on a business trip to New Hampshire, but unfortunately passed it up in favor of Six Flags New England. I have heard great things about Boulder Dash, but not much about the rest of the park, which is why I skipped it.

It's interesting to see the free soda concept extend beyond Santa Claus, IN. It's definitely a perk that can separate smaller parks from the big chains, and in the grand scheme of things, soda is extremely cheap. If people knew how much a serving of soda actually cost a park or restaurant (typically 10 cents or less), they would NEVER buy a $4 non-refillable soda from a theme park.

Bobbie Butterfield
Writer

Published: July 25, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I evidently made a typo or something went wrong while I was transmitting this article because I meant to say that it opened in 1846. Sorry about that because it looks sloppy and I did research this park before putting anything in writing. I also did say that LC was the oldest and longest running theme park in the country but this was edited.

I've been to only 8 theme parks this year and 3 don't really count as trips because they're practically in my back yard. The farthest I ever got was Branson, MO. Lake Compounce is indeed beautiful and I felt confident that Boulder Dash alone would be worth the trip. A guy with whom I exchange emails hoped I wouldn't be disappointed because BD isn't as extreme as some coasters I've ridden, but a coaster doesn't have to drop 300 feet at an 80-degree angle to be great.

If you happen to be in the Hartford area overnight, it makes sense to do Lake Compounce one day and Six Flags New England the other, as the two parks are roughly equidistant from the airport. That's exactly what I did although I'd been to SFNE before.

As to the free soda concept, it is indeed interesting to see it extend beyond Santa Claus, IN. (I was tempted to mention Holiday World but didn't because it struck me as inappropriate to do so insofar as my article isn't about Holiday World.)

Brian Emery

Published: July 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I have been to Lake Compounce and it is a nice local's park.

It reminds me of Cammobie Lake park in NH. Small local park but gives folks an enjoyable day.

The problem here in New England is the weather. Theses parks can only be open seasonally..

You should have visited Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Also...

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: July 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

I fixed the opening date. I knew that 1940-whatever couldn't have been the oldest park, so I threw in the "one of the" qualifier. But, yeah, I should have known that Bobbie meant 1840-whatever on the year. My bad for not getting that edit right the first time.