Famed Conn. Park Adding Campground
For the first time in 168 years, visitors to the country's oldest continuously operating amusement park won't have to drive off after the rides shut down.
As reported by the Hartford Courant, Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn., this summer plans to open Bear Creek Campground, a mix of tent sites, RV sites and fully furnished cabins.
The 15-acre campground has been carved out of woods alongside Lake Compounce's parking lot, so campers can walk or take a golf cart-style tram back and forth from the rides and water park.
The idea is a way to offer families a variety of ways to stay at the park for two, three or more days without having to book hotel rooms or commute back home, park managers said.
"We're hoping to appeal to everyone out there from advanced campers to families who want to get together for a long weekend in a cabin," said Sara Frias, the park's marketing director.
When Bear Creek opens, there will be a range of facilities for people with varying budgets and different levels of interest in camping, park managers reported.
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