Lake Compounce Amusement Park
186 Enterprise Dr
Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut, 06010
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Opened in 1846, Lake Compounce Amusement Park is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States. The amusement park also has a beach and a waterpark which can be enjoyed by guests for no extra charge.
The park's roots trace back to 1846, when a descendant of John Norton, Gad Norton, hired a scientist to perform an experiment using explosives. Though the experiment failed, Norton noted that thousands of people had shown up for the event and was inspired to open a park.
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Once operated by Kennywood Entertainment Company, Lake Compounce Amusement Park is owned by Palace Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Parques Reunidos. It covers 332 acres (1.3 kmē) of land, and there are plans for expansion.
Opened in 1846, Lake Compounce Amusement Park is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States. It was inspired by a public science experiment featuring explosives.
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