Perspective Travel

Lake Compounce proves memorable for first-time visitor from Ethiopia

Dawit Leake relaxes on the Lazy River at Lake Compounce. (YJI)
BRISTOL, Connecticut, U.S.A. – For a visitor in New England, Lake Compounce amusement park is definitely a place to see.

Its historic legacy of 170 years in service and its great thrilling rides made my first visit to an amusement park a memorable one. 

For a first timer, Lake Compounce was a pretty good experience, and its water park was more my pace than the high speed rollercoasters.   
I first rode Boulder Dash, a modern wooden coaster in the classic style. My heart raced as fast as the coaster as it sped up and down along the side of a small mountain.
After Boulder Dash, I took on my wise first-timer’s instinct and went on the calmer water park rides.
The water park section was definitely new for me.  I have been on slightly slower coasters in the past, but never have I experienced rides related to water.
The Lazy River was by far the best of the water park for me. I was so into it that I had to go on again. The calm movement of the inner tube floating along on the gentle current just
before the Croc O-Nile – a slide detour – makes this attraction something I could do all day.
While visiting America, spending a day at an amusement park – I recommend Lake Compounce if you are in New England – is a great experience.
Dawit Leake is a Reporter for Youth Journalism International.
More about YJI’s 2017 visit to Lake Compounce:

Restoring the Wildcat at age 90

Lake Compounce General Manager Jerry Brick explains to
Youth Journalism International reporters about the restoration done this year
on the Wildcat, the park’s historic wooden rollercoaster.

reporters visit oldest amusement park

Videographer Beth Criado-Band of Perth, Scotland, decided to find out what the
a top-ranked coaster was really like by asking a couple of experts – her fellow
Crocodile Cove: from high speed slides to gently floating on the Lazy River
Read reporter Luke Ashworth’s top reasons why the
water park Crocodile Cove is one of the coolest places at Lake Compounce.
guide for scaredy cats
  Reporter Mugdha Gurram offers 10
tips for how to conquer your fears and ride that coaster.

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