Friday Fun – Lake Compounce
We turned the birthday party fiasco into a fun day. We let Number 2 pick a place for the family to go to celebrate his birthday. To my surprise, he chose Lake Compounce over Six Flags New England. Lake Compounce is an amusement/water park that is a bit further from us than Six Flags, but is less expensive and doesn’t tend to be as crowded. Since it was later in the day, we decided to only go to the amusement park and wait until 5 to take advantage of cheaper, half-day tickets.
This was my first visit to Lake Compounce, although Spouse had been there before with the kids. I was happy with the large variety of rides for kids of all ages. We first went on Thunder Rapids, which is a water ride that the whole family could go on – even Number 5. I was a little worried about him on it, but he showed us that just like all the other kids, he takes after his dad when it comes to thrill rides. We then split up a little while Spouse took the older kids on some bigger rides while I spent some time with Numbers 4 and 5 in the kiddie area. We met back up again for some food, the log ride and ended the night with the ferris wheel.
I am the first person to admit that I am no fun at amusement parks. I have a weak stomach and most rides make me throw up. I also do not see the point in sending my body hurtling towards the ground at unspeakable speeds. I have cried the few times I have tried to ride roller coasters. I literally think I am going to die.
But for those that like to challenge death, there are 2 very notable rides for thrill seekers at Lake Compounce. One is the wooden roller coaster called the Boulder Dash. It was voted the World’s Number 1 Roller Coaster for several years and used to be the longest wooden roller coaster on the east coast until 2006 when the El Toro opened at Six Flags Great Adventure. To her dismay, Number 4 was too short to ride, but the older boys had a lot of fun on the coaster with their dad.
The other popular ride of death is the SkyCoaster. It’s a human slingshot type of ride in which the riders are brought to the top of a tower and released to plunge back to the earth. Despite the extra cost for the ride, there was a constant supply of people willing to put their lives at risk. Interestingly, although Number 4 wasn’t big enough to ride Boulder Dash, she was big enough for the SkyCoaster. I didn’t let any of the kids on this ride.
I can’t say I was glad that Number 2’s party got canceled, but we did have a lot of fun together that day!