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Lake Compounce is the oldest surviving trolley park in the country, opening in 1857, and still has a trolley with a short section of track to travel on.
The park is kept up to date with gingerbread architecture and bright gardens, a collection of old rides as well as new ones. They have a chairlift that takes you up to the top of a hill, but there is nothing there, the chairs turn around and come back down, but the view was good, and as usual there is little to do on these things but take too many photos. It also has a water park, campground, and has definitely withstood the test of time. This is the first time I went on one of those old flyer rides where you steer using a big fin.
There is a new wooden rollercoaster here called Boulder Dash. It is frequently on someone's top ten list for good reason. The track travels alongside the hill, and on the run back gives you the feeling of what could only be described as 'uphill drops'. This was the first time I boarded a log ride where the operator gave a long spiel of how the front rider is not to put their head down on the drop. Something must have happened somewhere, since I heard this few other times as well. And also here, since I was by myself, I couldn't ride the Ferris Wheel. These parks don't seem to realize that is known as discrimination.
I haven't rated the parks I visited on any scale yet, but this one would probably rate as #1