SFNE and Lake Compounce

Tuesday, June 11, 2002 5:57 AM

Here's another question for the CBuzz travel agents:

How long of a drive is it between SFNE and Lake Compounce?

I may be going out to New England in a couple weeks, and am trying to figure out if I can get to both parks. I know the mileage, but I also know that there really isn't a straightforward way to get anywhere in New England.

Thanks.

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"drop rides, not bombs."

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 7:24 AM
Its less then an hour. Springfield to Hartford is only 26 miles. + another 20 mins. past Hartford. So I would say about 45 minutes to be safe.

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Is it true its always happy hour here? If it is I'd like to stay a while....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 7:32 AM

www.mapquest.com

You can actually choose the amusement parks from a drop down menu. You'll get driving directions, distance and driving time.

For example click here for the directions you need.

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Dorney Park visits in 2002: 10

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 7:45 AM

probably eisier than that is to listen to me:

i did it once, it only took about 20-30 minutes (driving arund 75-80 the whole way)

just right before you enter the city of hartford on I-91 jump in the right lane and get on I-80 it is pretty easy

mike

-that really stunk when LC was closed on its opening day

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 8:30 AM

LG - I appreciate your tip, and yes I am familiar with Mapquest.

Why I posted this question is that I'm also familiar enough with New England to know that getting such info off of Mapquest may be misleading. Example: 35 minutes "as the crow flies" on Mapquest may turn out to be 50 minutes of driving around on winding Connecticut back roads. My schedule in New England will be tight enough that such a difference may effect whether or not we are able to swing over to Lake Compounce.

I was just looking for some local insight.

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"drop rides, not bombs."

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 9:22 AM

See, my experience is exactly the opposite, Chris.

Usually the times listed on mapquest are much too high. And mapquest directions are not "as the crow flies" - they compensate for mileage, speed limits and such.

I didn't realise you were looking for local feedback, just thought you needed info. We're doing a huge trip in August that begins at SFNE and moves to LC (and onward), but I guess by then you'll be able to tell me how the drive is. :)

I've always pointed people here to mapquest because I use it to plan trips to parks I've never been to all the time and it works great.

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www.coasterimage.com
Dorney Park visits in 2002: 10

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 9:47 AM

While I understand Lord Gonchar's reasoning for using mapquest, I have often times found out that their times are inaccurate for multiple reasons. Some factors no one can truly help with like accidents. Other factors such as road construction or heavy traffic only locals or frequent travelers may know about. This is why I try to use locals for directions whenever possible. Mapquest can give you a general idea how long it would take, but I drive faster than the speed limit usually, so I have to take that into account when using their directions also.

I will say that of all of the online map systems, I have found that mapquest is the best.

Happy Coastering!

Sean

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 4:50 PM

From Rebino's house to G-Mans house is about an hour and a half. If Rebino lives right in Bristol and G-Man lives tn minutes South of Six Falgs New England, then I'd say roughly 90 minutes from Springfield to Bristol when including daily traffic.

If you're flying, go in an out of Providence. It's cheaper, faster, and not a Logan hasle to get out of. If you drive from Providence to Lake Compounce, you could also take a stop at Quassy. On Friday nights, all rides, hot dogs, sodas, cotton candy, popcorn, and ice cream cost a quarter each and admission is free, but get there before they reach their sales limit.

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Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean

*** This post was edited by Vertigo on 6/11/2002. ***

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 9:02 PM
I use Microsoft/Expedia Streets and Trips 2000. It allows you to input your average speeds and other preferences (ie. scenic vs. fastest) for much more accurate times. It's got many amusement parks programmed into it.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 9:42 PM

I live in Bristol, Ct. Just visited SFNE on Monday. Took I-84 West to Hartford, I-91 North to Exit 47W. Take a right at the end of the exit and the park is on the right hand side. Left my house at 9:00 and arrived at SFNE just after 10:00. I live about 8 minutes from the Lake.

Hope this helps.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2002 2:15 AM
I do the drive all the time. I live a few minutes south of Six Flags New England and when I visit Lake Compounce, if there is no traffic in Hartford, then it's usually a 40-50 minute drive, depending on how fast you go. You heard it straight from the horse's mouth. Hope this clears up any confusion. Once again, the drive from SFNE to LC is roughly 45 minutes.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:52 AM

I'll second the vote for Streets & Trips. I have it installed on my laptop and have used it to change plans on the fly during coaster trips :)

I DO also like to ask locals when possible, though. They capture nuances that the big mapping programs miss (for instance, for Kennywood, when crossing the Homestead High Level bridge, Streets & Trips will warn you that the left turn onto 8th Avenue is "possibly restricted", while I can tell you for a fact that it's a perfectly legal turn, controlled by a light. Now, I like the fact that Streets & Trips warns you about such things, but finding out for sure from a local is always better)

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