Lake Compounce wooden roller coaster voted world’s best

Visitors get a thrill by riding the Boulder Dash roller coaster at Lake Compounce.
Visitors get a thrill by riding the Boulder Dash roller coaster at Lake Compounce.

The Boulder Dash famed wooden roller coaster at Lake Compounce in Connecticut has been named the “Best Wooden Roller Coaster in the World” for 2013 by Amusement Today, a trade publication and website for the amusement park industry.

"The folks at Lake Compounce deserve to celebrate," says Gary Slade, publisher and editor-in-chief of Amusement Today.

"The park is dedicated to maintaining [Boulder Dash] well and the coaster's unique one-of-a-kind setting constantly brings in new fans,” Slade said. “A night ride on this amazing coaster is particularly fantastic."

Lake Compounce General Manager Jerry Brick was pleased with the recognition. "We have always known how special Boulder Dash is, as have our guests, and now to be recognized as a world best is just awesome,” Brick said.

Lake Compounce is located in Bristol and Southington.

How the survey works

Amusement Today relies on a panel of voters from all over the world consisting of experienced park enthusiasts. The U.S. ballots are divided into four geographical regions, with about the same number of voters in each region. In addition to the American voters, Amusement Today invites a number of international voters to participate.

Voters are asked to submit a list of their top 10 coasters — wood and steel — in order from 1 to 10, taking into consideration the overall experience. Factors include capacity, operations, reliability and re-ride ability.

First opened in 1864

Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks, is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America.

Home to Crocodile Cove, the largest water park in Connecticut, the park just celebrated their 169th season. It opened in 1864.

Now closed, Lake Compounce will re-open Friday, Oct. 4 for the Haunted Graveyard. In addition, Holiday Lights will begin Friday, Nov. 29. Season passes are on sale for the 2014 season for $79.99. Learn more at