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Lake Compounce (est. in 1846) is an amusement park located in Bristol and Southington, Connecticut. Opened in 1846, it is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States. It is also Connecticut's largest water park. It spans 332 acres, which includes a beach and a water park called Crocodile Cove included in the price of admission. The name Lake Compounce is derived from John Compound, a Mattatuck/Tunxis Native American Chieftain. Today, the park offers more than 50 rides, the largest water park in the state, live shows, and many other forms of entertainment. In 1895, a railway company added a station at Lake Compounce. It is one of a handful of remaining trolley parks, so named because streetcar operators placed the parks at the end of their lines to boost weekend business. The official address is 185 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT 06010.