If you live in the NYC tri-state area, forget about the long lines and high ticket prices at Great Adventure in NJ. Go to Lake Compounce in CT instead. I went with my wife and 2 kids, ages 11 and 13, and we all had a great time. We had also gone about 4 years ago. The park is clean and well-maintained and definitely worth the trip. You can even buy your tickets online and save a couple of bucks. Lake Compounce is divided into a water park area and a dry rides area, with the notable exception of the "Saw Mill Plunge" Log Flume which is located in the dry area. Boulder Dash and Wildcat are rated as among the BEST wooden roller coasters in the world. The Zoomerang is a great steel roller coaster with a 125' drop, loops and twists, going both forwards and backwards! The Rev-O-Lution and Thunder N' Lightning are two other great newer thrill rides. They also have a kiddle area with plenty of rides for your little tykes. The rides in the water park area are the typical tubes, slides, lazy river and wave pool --- nothing extraordinary. Just good clean fun. Be sure to bring a change of clothes, of course. And BTW, they require shoes and shirts in the dry area. They won't let you on a "dry ride" without a shirt. My daughter wore a 2 piece bikini and they would not let her on the Log Flume. Go figure!
Believe it or not, drinks are free in the park. Yes, free Pepsi everywhere! The food is the usual overpriced burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc. We brought our own sandwiches and chips from home.
We went on a weekday in August and the lines were very short. We were able to go on some rides 2 and 3 times. This place is definitely worth the trip. It may not be as big as Great Adventure or have as many big rides, but it also doesn't have the 45+ minute lines either.
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