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Family-Friendly Fun & Exciting Things to Do

Lake Compounce has invested millions in rides, roller coasters and attractions, and has added more excellent food and drink options during the recent years, making Lake Compounce more beautiful than ever. Anyone looking for fun things to do in Bristol with kids will find Lake Compounce to be the perfect destination!

  • Roller Coasters & Thrill Rides
  • Water Rides
  • Classic & Kiddie Rides
  • Shows

Phobia Phear Coaster

The newest thrill at Lake Compounce and the most unforgettable moment of all. There’s only one way to conquer your fear, that’s together. New England’s first triple launch coaster with speeds up to 65 miles per hour and a blood-chilling cobra roll 150 feet in the air! Gather your friends and conquer it together.

Height Requirement: 54" or 52" with a buddy.

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Boulder Dash

Voted World's #1 Wooden Coaster.

Height Requirement: 48".
Top Speed: 60MPH+.

Down Time

60 mph, 185 foot drop.

Height Requirement: 52".
Biggest Drop: 185ft.

Pirate Ship

Tossed like a ship in a perfect storm.

Height Requirement: 48" or 39" with a buddy.


It rocks, it rolls, it spins a full 360 degrees. You'll feel like you're floating on air as the giant platform both spins and glides in two directions on a huge half-pipe-shaped track up to five stories tall!

Height Requirement: 48".

Sky Coaster

Soar over the midway and enjoy the rush.

Height Requirement: 42".
Top Speed: 65MPH+.
Biggest Drop: 180ft.
There is an additional charge for this ride.

The Wave Swinger

Grab a swing, go for a fling!

Height Requirement: 46".

The Wildcat

Thrilling families since 1927.

Height Requirement: 48".
Top Speed: 44MPH+.
Biggest Drop: 68ft.

Thunder N' Lightning

Experience 3 G’s at 60 mph and 90 ft in the air.

Height Requirement: 48".

Thunder Rapids

Ride the whitecaps through the natural terrain. You will get soaked on this ride!

Height Requirement: 42" or 36" with a buddy.


A raging vortex, and you're the spin doctor!

Height Requirement: 48" or 38" if accompanied by a buddy.


A thrilling spinning sensation.

Height Requirement: 46" or 42" if accompanied by a buddy.


A boomerang coaster with lots of zoom.

Height Requirement: 48".
Top Speed: 45MPH+.
Biggest Drop: 125ft.

Bristol's Top Destination for Family-Friendly Fun

Lake Compounce, New England’s Premier Family Theme and Waterpark, is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America, celebrating its 171st season in 2017. Home to the number one wooden roller coaster in the world, Boulder Dash, and the largest waterpark in Connecticut!

Roller Coasters and Thrill Rides

Enjoy a day of thrilling coasters and rides at Lake Compounce! Home to the number one wooden roller coaster in the world, Boulder Dash, and the first triple launch steel coaster in New England, Phobia Phear Coaster. Other thrill rides include Wildcat, Thunder and Lightning, and Down Time. Among other famous attractions, Lake Compounce is well-known for hosting some of the best attractions near Bristol, CT such as, Phobia (new for 2016).

Water Rides

Lake Compounce is home to Connecticut’s largest water park, ‘Crocodile Cove!’ featuring multiple wave pools, water slides, special areas designed for young children and even a Lake! Take an adventure down a slippery slope in a family raft on Mammoth Falls, or unleash your adrenaline, falling headfirst down a water slide on Riptide Racer.

Classic and Kiddie Rides

With kiddie rides for every age, kids can enjoy their own kind of fun while feeling like a big kid! From their first Kiddie Coaster and spinning themselves silly on the Drum Circus, to the Antique Carousel and Flying Elephants, there is something for every child’s liking. Meet a dinosaur and walk through a prehistoric path with DIno Expedition, or hunt for ghosts and shoot the illusions in Ghost Hunt.


NEW FOR 2018! Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Day! It’s a beautiful day in Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood and you’re invited to be a part of the fun! Join Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat for a show full of make believe and good feelings as we learn how to share, try new things, and use our imaginations. Also, after every show, enjoy your chance to meet Daniel and Katerina for pictures and hugs!

Tickets and Season Passes

Enjoy a summer filled family-friendly fun and excitement and many different kid activities & entertainment! Make unforgettable memories and get your tickets and passes today!

For traveling guests looking for things to do near Bristol, be sure to check out our nearby hotel or camping options for extended fun.
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