These 17 Photos Show You Connecticut’s Oldest Amusement Park Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously-running amusement park in the United States. Located in Bristol, Connecticut, it originally opened as a picnic park in 1846. This year, the popular destination will celebrate its 173rd birthday and as the decades have passed, this amusement park sure has changed! These fascinating old photos of Lake Compounce show the attraction in its earlier years.

What are your earliest memories of Lake Compounce? Share your experiences and photos if you have them in the comments section below! If you enjoyed these old photos of Lake Compounce, take a look at these vintage pictures taken during the construction of the Merritt Parkway.