Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lake Compounce proves memorable for first-time visitor from Ethiopia
Dawit Leake relaxes on the Lazy River at Lake Compounce.
By Dawit Leake
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.

More about YJI's 2017 visit to Lake Compounce:

Video: 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.

Young reporters visit oldest amusement park   Senior 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 reporters. 

Navigating 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.

Rollercoaster guide for scaredy cats   Reporter Mugdha Gurram offers 10 tips for how to conquer your fears and ride that coaster.

You know what else is a great experience? Being part of a diverse group of young journalists. Your tax-deductible gift make it possible for Dawit Leake and other students like him. Thank you!

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