Lake Compounce in Bristol is one of America's oldest family theme parks. Established as a "picnic park" in 1846, the venue now includes top rides and several water parks. Families can get soaked in Clipper Cove (with a 300-gallon tipping water bucket), Mammoth Falls (family rafting), Lake Plunge (a slippery tube slide) and a wave pool with a pirate ship.
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