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16. Family Fun at Lake Compounce Theme Park

For family fun, visit Lake Compounce Theme Park, America's first family theme park opened in 1846. Today, this newly renovated and expanded park combines an attractive lakeside setting and Victorian charm with the most thrilling up-to-date rides found anywhere.

Rides of special interest include a historic 1911 Carousel, a 1927 "Wildcat" wooden roller coaster, "Boulder Dash" - the fastest, longest wooden roller coaster on the East Coast, spanning 4,500 feet and the only roller coaster that has ever been built into the side of a mountain; Top Spin and The Zoomerang plus Connecticut's biggest water park !

To reach the Park from the junction of Rte. 72 and Rte. 229; take Rte. 229 south for one mile; the park's entrance is on the right opposite the world headquarters for ESPN.