By Evie Carrick
August 13, 2019

Waterslide connoisseurs (yep, it’s a thing) won’t want to miss Connecticut’s latest and greatest — a six-story waterslide that drops riders into a Venus flytrap-like vortex. The aptly named Venus Vortex is set to open next year at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut.

The six-story slide measures around 60 feet in height and is located right next to the lake, which provides a boost of adrenaline as riders are dropped into the flytrap mouth that seems dangerously close to the lake’s shore. The ride starts out in the open, then brings riders into a dark tunnel before plummeting them down a near-vertical drop into the mouth of the Venus flytrap.

Credit: Courtesy of Lake Compounce

Three people can ride the Venus Vortex at once thanks to a three-person raft that slides along the ride’s twists, turns, and drops before ending in the single-track splash zone.

Credit: Courtesy of Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America and is currently celebrating its 174th season. The park is also home to the renowned wooden roller-coaster, Boulder Dash.

Venus Vortex is the eighth water ride to join the park and is set to open in May over Memorial Day Weekend 2020.

Right now, water park enthusiasts can buy a season pass for 2020 at the 2019 rate and get access to the park for the rest of 2019 for no additional charge. Season passes start at $84.99. A single-day adult ticket is currently $46.99, junior admission is $36.99, and children under three are free. The minimum height for the Venus Vortex is 42 inches.

From New York City and Boston, the park is around two hours by car.