Lake Compounce in Connecticut is America's oldest theme park

America's oldest theme park is located in Bristol, Connecticut.

Started as a lakeside picnic park with beautiful views, the space has grown into a theme park with more than 35 rides and attractions.

Lake Compounce is named the oldest amusement park in the United States by the National Amusement Park Historical Association and the oldest continuously operating amusement park according to the Library of Congress.

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The National Amusement Park Historical Association recognizes the theme park as the fifth oldest in the world.

Those preceding it are Bakken in Klampenborg, Denmark, Prater in Vienna, Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, and Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A Lake Compounce water slide is shown. Started as a lakeside picnic park with beautiful views, the space has grown into a theme park with more than 35 rides and attractions. (Lake Compounce)

Lake Compounce first opened its doors to the public in 1846 as a park.

On October 6, 1846, Samuel Botsford, a Bristol scientist, successfully convinced property owner Gad Norton to allow him to conduct “a series of wonderful experiments in electricity,” according to the theme park's website. This display eventually drew thousands of people to Lake Compounce.

Two parents swing their child in the air at the amusement park

Theme parks like Lake Compounce offer fun for the whole family. (iStock)

According to the source, the first permanent building was built in 1895, a casino with a restaurant on the ground floor and a ballroom on the upper floor, while dinner at the time cost 50 cents.

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It was 1914 when the first electrically powered roller coaster was opened to the public, it was called the Green Dragon.

Lake Compounce Carousel

The Lake Compounce Carousel (not pictured) was originally built in 1898. (iStock)

This ride was replaced in 1914 by the Wildcat roller coaster, which still takes guests on a thrilling journey today. That particular ride has undergone a restoration, giving guests a smoother ride.

Another famous wooden roller coaster at Lake Compounce is Boulder Dash, which first opened in 2000.

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This ride has been named the best wooden roller coaster five times by Amusement Today.

Although the park has undergone changes since its inception, such as the acquisition by Palace Entertainment in 2009, the historic atmosphere can still be felt in the park.

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For example, the carousel that both children and adults love was first built in 1898 and brought to the theme park in 1911.

Girlfriend feeds boyfriend cotton candy

Families, couples and friends will all find something they love at Lake Compounce. (iStock)

Also part of Lake Compounce is Connecticut's largest water park. Admission to Crocodile Cove is included with every ticket purchase.

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Lake Compounce contains a good balance of attractions, ideal for children and adults, with plenty of roller coasters and kid-friendly attractions for a whole day of fun.

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