Lake Compounce’s big 175th birthday celebration gets even more massive starting Memorial Day Weekend. Venus Vortex, Lake Compounce’s largest water slide to date, opens for adventurous riders Saturday, May 29. After being devoured by the Venus flytrap-themed thriller, guests can do the dining themselves throughout June at the first-ever Bites and Pints Food & Drink Festival, beginning June 5!
Standing six stories above the lake and decked in bright green and yellow with vibrant red teeth, Venus Vortex offers a ride experience never seen before in New England. Resembling the carnivorous mouth of a hungry Venus flytrap ready for its next meal, this slide tempts prey to navigate twists, turns and sudden drops. After journeying through a dark tunnel, riders will experience weightlessness as they suddenly plummet down the near-vertical drop into the jaws of the hungry creature. As the three-person raft slides back and forth in between rows of teeth, you must escape before it traps you inside. Take a big sigh of relief as your raft reaches the final splashdown: you’ve narrowly missed being eaten!
“We can’t wait for the debut of Venus Vortex,” says General Manager Larry Gorneault Jr., Lake Compounce. “This towering thriller expands Crocodile Cove – the largest water park in Connecticut - with a wild ride unlike any other in the region.”
After working up an appetite in the water park, venture over to the new Bites and Pints Food & Drink Festival, happening every Saturday and Sunday in June. Enjoy live entertainment and thrill your taste buds with handcrafted menu items created by local chefs, Donte Jones, and Michone Denae Arrington, chefs and co-owners of The Art of Yum in Southington and Waterbury. Stretchy pants will be a must at this new marquee event.
In the festival area, between the Carousel and Down Time, guests will find a welcome center and six booths offering unique themed menu items. Featured selections include mouth-watering BBQ pork sliders, delicious vegan nachos, and The Art of Yum taco – voted Connecticut’s best taco! Plus, enjoy a drink selection sure to please any palate.
More days mean more fun! With a newly expanded calendar, Lake Compounce will now be open daily starting Friday, June 18. Ride Venus Vortex over and over again, and visit Bites and Pints all throughout June with your Season Pass! Two-payment plans start at just $35 a month. Visit LakeCompounce.com to check out the full Bites and Pints menu, take a virtual ride on Venus Vortex, and plan your visit.
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About Lake Compounce and Palace Entertainment
Lake Compounce is New England's premier family theme and waterpark and is located in Bristol, CT. Featuring over 50 rides, shows, and attractions, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America, celebrating its 175th year.
Palace Entertainment is one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States and is owned by Parques Reunidos. Palace Entertainment owns and operates 21 major entertainment and educational venues across 10 different states, offering a wide range of family-friendly rides, attractions, and educational experiences.
Fun Spot America Atlanta partners with Rocky Mountain Construction on the next BIG thing for Atlanta, in fact, it's so big you'll say…it's HUGE! A new roller coaster design process is underway and scheduled to debut in 2022. Roller coaster enthusiasts, and theme park lovers, will soon be buzzing about the impact this partnership will have on the Atlanta area. Hold on tight because this will be Fun Spot America's largest Roller Coaster investment ever.
DARIEN CENTER, NY
t's been a long past 15 months for amusement park enthusiasts in Western New York. For starters, Fantasy Island permanently closed last February (although there's hope it's resurrected), which was a huge surprise to many in Western New York.
Six Flags Darien Lake did not open at all during the spring and summer of 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions in New York State, but Darien Lake did reopen for the 2021 season last week.
Nobody in the world is better at making genuine horrors come to life than advertising agencies. For some reason, they just have a knack for tapping into things that will stick with us, no matter if that costs innumerable mental anguish and the insertion of a cranial tapeworm into the nation just to sell their product. There was, perhaps, no greater advertising tapeworm unleashed upon this nation than Mr. Six, Six Flags' dancing geriatric that prompted most people to want to see an actual, live death on their television screens every time he popped up.
Mr. Six is one of those advertising characters that may (hopefully) never come back, but it doesn't matter. He's done his damage. He's a leaky nuclear reactor; once that shit oozes out into the world, it's there for good. Seeing Mr. Six just one time on your screen shared the same meltdown side effects, where I'm pretty sure you could grow a third eye if you stared for too long. A third eye that would always be looking towards the advertising agency that created this monster, like the Eye of Sauron, burning with hatred and fueled by an insatiable quest for vengeance.
CONNEAUT LAKE, PA
he “Tumble Bug” is now a thing of the past at Conneaut Lake Park.
Park officials posted on social media Saturday that the ride was beyond repair and couldn’t be saved.
The cars will have a new life, however. They’ll be put throughout the park for guests to takes pictures.
Kings Island closed 30 minutes early Saturday evening because of “unruly behavior and altercations” involving teenagers, park officials confirmed.
The Mason Police Department said officers responded to reports of “unruly guests primarily juveniles” inside the park and in the parking lot but no arrests were made Saturday, according to our news partners at WCPO-TV.
According to WCPO-TV, the Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene, and an OSHP spokesperson confirmed there were multiple fights inside the park before a bigger altercation in the parking lot Saturday evening.
Nearly two dozen people who were stranded after a roller coaster stalled mid-ride at an Arizona amusement park are safe.
News reports and the Phoenix Fire Department say the ride at Castles N’ Coasters in Phoenix got stuck Saturday, with riders perched 20 feet (6 meters) off the ground.
Grand Island supervisor: Owner of Fantasy Island has entered into agreement with Indiana amusement park
GRAND ISLAND, NY
The lights at Fantasy Island might be coming back on.Grand Island supervisor John Whitney told News 4 on Tuesday that the owner of the property, STORE Capital, has entered into an agreement for a long-term lease with Gene Staples, the owner of Indiana Beach Amusement Park.
WIN TICKETS TO HOLIDAY WORLD
SANTA CLAUS, IN
You know summer is almost here when we start talking about Holiday World & Splashin' Safari opening their gates for the season. This year (2021), that will happen on Saturday, May 15th for Holiday World. Splashin' Safari will get things rolling the following week (May 22nd). And, what better way to enjoy a day at the park than for free with a pair of tickets on us!
The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are offering two free tickets to the amusement park at Six Flags Darien Lake, if you attend their COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday.
The clinic runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 at the Human Resources Center at 1501 Sumner Road in Corfu.
“As we transition away from the larger mass vaccination clinic approach, we will be hosting mobile clinics that will be held in various locations throughout our communities along with smaller scaled clinics at both of the health departments moving forward,” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for GO Health. “Working with community partners in both counties is a great way to reach out to those who want to be vaccinated against COVID.”