Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
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There was a company doing a new ad for the boat company using a drone. It was cool to see how far they could fly it out away from the boat and video the surroundings. Who knows we maybe in the ad!!
We really enjoyed our boat ride of almost 3 hours and it was a great way to see what Lake George is all about!!
Tomorrow is a hike of about 4 miles up Prospect Mountain. Should be fun!!
Our drive from Danville, Vermont to Lake George, NY was only 146 miles, but with road construction and traffic it took us 4 hours. We arrived at our campground, King Phillips and got a very nice spot with plenty of grass to walk the dogs.
The traffic is really bad as this place is packed with tourists, especially the weekend. The Village of ...
... is nice, though the load in was a little slow. This venue is cake compared to some of the other ones, so I am not complaining. It is one of a handful that have a balcony, so it is interesting to see. The stage is about average, though the side walls were a bit challenging to put in today.
Oh well, I was just paged to go back out to my camera, I need to get it set for the show.
... said than done on our busiest and most challenging of days. Here's another way of looking at how we report on young people: The Birthday Present test. If by the end of a report you can't think of 1 birthday present to buy for a young person then how much have I really told you about them? So today made me think about myself as a leader, but also more importantly as a communicator. I know when OfSTED, visitors, important people come to my school I deal in ...
... aspects of programmes to young people. That might mean instead of that young person getting to practice that skill every day or even every hour, they might get to practice once or twice a week. Is that right for the young person? Is that entirely disrespectful to our colleagues? Are we basically saying to each other.. "You will never learn to do or support these skills that I am going to teach this learning disabled young person to do, only i can ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark Queensbury
Family loved it, planning our next visit
My family loved the six flags great escape lodge. I traveled with 2 adults and 2 kids (age 6 and 3). We absolutley had a wonderful time. My kids especially loved the waterpark and they had numerous activities for the children. Also, the characters are always walking around the hotel, so you are sure to see them numerous times during your hotel. They even let you use a waterproof camera for your entire stay and at the end will sell you the photos on disk for $20 (only if you want it). I highly recommend this, I put over 80 photos on the camera, even underwater photos and they came out great. We already planned our next vacation there. My family can't wait to go back. I also thought the staff was very friendly. By the end of the trip, most of the staff knew my kids by name. Highly recommend!!!
Had a great time!
I took my two teenaged children (aged 13 and 17) to the hotel and waterpark for Easter weekend and we really enjoyed it. I would say that two nights was enough however with the Six Flags park across the street not open yet. We arrived at about 3 on Saturday and left around 10:30 on Monday and that was enough time. The kids (and I) enjoyed the waterpark very much. It was large enough (including lazy river and water basketball) to keep them amused but small enough so I could find them when I wanted too. The rooms were large and had a small microwave and fridge as well as free internet access (bring an ethernet cable). Good dining options, our favorite being the cafe across from the gift shop. There was also a fun arcade with dance dance revolution and lots of furry friends (daffy and bugs) roaming around. I thought the staff were all very nice and our rooms were always made up during the day. The sheets are a little rough so you might want to bring your own pillow or pillow case.
Service needs improvement!!
My family and another spent 2 nights at the Lodge over Easter weekend. Our party was 4 adults and 6 children ranging in age from 5 through 11. We booked a 3 Queen suite that sleeps 10 with bunk beds and a pull out. The room was very nice, clean and spacious. Because it had a kitchenette we had brought snacks and drinks. Unfortunately, the room only had an extremely small waste basket in the living room (the same size as the bathroom). Needless to say with 6 kids it was overflowing with garbage after about a half an hour. We then proceeded to fill the 2 in the bathrooms by early evening. I went to the front desk to ask if perhaps a larger garbage recepticle for the kitchen area that could be put in our suite and she said no. I told her that we needed something so she proceeded to hand me a large plastic garbage bag.
At 4pm the day after we arrived I went to the front desk to see if perhaps they had forgotten to come to clean our room. The girl at the front desk told me they were still cleaning them (never asked for my room number) So we went out for dinner and came back at 7pm to a room still not cleaned. I went to the front desk again and this time they called housekeeping and said they would send someone right up. However, my kids were planning to rent a movie so now we needed to find something else to do or have the cleaning crew clean up around us!!!
Also at the Grill in the waterpark, there was no one ever around to wipe down the tables after people finished eating at them My friend went up to the register to ask for someone to clean the table so our kids could eat their lunch and the girl handed her the spray and dirty rag to do it ourselves!!!
The food at the hotel was good and we had an excellent meal at Trappers the full service restaurant attached to the hotel. There are also plenty of other places to eat very close by.
I must say my kids thoroughly enjoyed the waterpark and the activities that they offered. I just feel that they did not treat us like guests that they would want to return. I certainly wouldn't tell guests in my own home that they needed to clean the table themselves before they could eat.
I have a Six Flags amusement park close to my home that I no longer get season passes for because of the poor conditions and service at the park. I had higher expectations for this new place, but it certainly seems like Six Flags does not consider customer service a priority.
Good hotel, although pricey
Just got back today from a three-day trip to Great Escape Lodge. Very nice place, lots of Adirondack decor. The water park was nice, although got a little stale after only a little while, although my two daughters (8 and 5) seemed to love every minute in there. The rooms were nice, clean and the beds comfy. There's still a lot of construction going on, mainly landscaping and the expansion of the amusement park across the street but the hotel itself is in full running order. The only complaint I have was the service in the restaurant on the main floor, run by what looks to be mostly kids who left us sitting for quite awhile before getting to us, although the food was pretty good once we got it. On the whole, probably not worth the over $300 per night so not sure whether we'll be back.
OK Waterpark; Horrible Hotel
We had so looked forward to this trip! On arrival, we couldn't find a bellman and then had to wait in a 50 person line to check in. We couldn't find a parking spot, so opted to valet park our vehicle. There were no signs posted regarding the price of the parking and we were horrified when presented with the bill. Our room was very noisy, actually intolerable. The wallpaper in the bathroom was peeling and the TV's didn't work! The pillows were nice, but the beds uncomfortable. I found all of this surprising in a new facility, especially the noise (we took to wearing ear plugs when we went to bed)!! The waterpark was OK but don't bring children over the age of 7 as they will be bored. Also, there were not enough chairs or tubes in the park. Surprisingly, the food was exceptional. We ate in each restaurant and also tremendously enjoyed our room service delivery. On the 2nd day of our stay the room was never made up. When I called to ask about this, I was treated rudely. When I went to the front desk to complain about the noise level in the rooms (after making numerous calls), I was "chewed out" in front of my children and the 50 people waiting in line. My final bill was incorrect. The room rate that I had been quoted for my 3rd night was $189 US; I was charged $331. It took me 3 hours to clear this up. My overall impression was that the hotel staff just didn't care. We were a captive audience and yes, the waterpark is OK. We will never return and will try a large indoor water park next year.
Wonderful Hotel and Water Park
Just back from a long weekend at this new hotel, and it was wonderful. The Hotel itself is lovely, all of the details in the public rooms and guest rooms are great. While the hotel is mainly about the waterpark, the company did not skimp in other areas.
The waterpark itself is great, everyone loved it. While it was very busy arriving at noon on Saturday, once we settled in, all was fine. Next time I go I would have everyone wear swimsuits under casual (easy to remove and store) clothing on the day of arrival. While there is plenty of areas to change, it would have been easier not to have to do so. The hotel requires guests wear shoes and shirts to go out of the waterpark and in the public areas of the hotel (nice sweat suits etc would be great). I would also lock purses and wallets in the car on the day of arrival before my room is ready, just for one less think to worry about.
Also, as Saturdays are no doubt the busiest, it was dissappointing at first to find how hard it was to get an inner tube. But once we realized that we really did not need them, and that there would be enough to go around (except maybe Saturday from 1 to 3 pm) all was fine. The children seemed to have the most fun in the lazy river just swimming along, without the tube. And by 4 pm, many tubes were available, and Saturday night until Monday the crowd was much smaller, tubes were plentiful. When we go again, I think I would try to spend time in the waterpark in the early evening.
We ate in the Tall Tales Tavern, the food was very good. We brought breakfast and lunch food with us, so did not try any others. The rooms have microwaves and refrigerators, also coffee makers with plenty of coffee.
We stayed in a regualar room one night, and a one bedroom the second. The first room had the two queens, and then a half wall separated these from a sleep sofa. there was plenty of room for the 4 of us. The next night we moved (with great help from the hotel)to a one bedroom suite with 2 queens, a bathroom, and then a large room with 1 queen, a sleep soffa, and a kitchen with a sink, cupboards with basic plates and silverware,frig, mocrowave, and a nice counter to sit at, and another bath, a very nice room. We peeked in at a large suite with the bukbeds, they looked very nice for a big group.
Our five year old really enjoyed story hour in the library, a very nice touch.
All in all a great place, we will go back!
A Nice Winter Get-Away
We just got back from an overnighter at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor water park. First thing I have to say is that I hate staying in hotels. Now that I've said that, this place is wonderful as far as hotels go. Staff are very professional, helpful etc. Room very clean, spacious, very comfortable and, well, new! All the necessities including a hairdryer, soap/shampoo, plenty of towels, microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, cable, wi-fi. Toilet backed up the second we used it. Now for the waterpark - the only reason we were there. Fun fun fun. Kids loved it - trained life-savers everywhere, three heart-stopping water slides, spa, river-run, bodysurfing thing that looked amazing (couldn't abandon kids to go try it out), and plenty of inner tubes to ride, slide and whiz on. After a couple of hours in the water, we were ready to go home, but we'd spent $189 on our room so we stayed. Did another hour in the much less crowded waterpark next morning. Kids club is a nice added feature although the "prizes" for winning the scavenger hunt need to be updated - a coupon for .50 cents off at the gift shop. Instead of a $3 coke, I can have it for $2.50? So they have some kinks to iron out. Otherwise, this place is totally recommendable, and is going to add to my weekend headache, traffic wise, when I'm trying to head north to Lake Champlain and I'm stuck behind everyone lined up at exit 20.
LOTS OF FAMILY FUN
Our family of 6 stayed 2 nights at the brand new indoor water park and had a great time. We were there over Presidents week and the hotel was sold out but the waterpark was very comfortable and not crowded!The rooms were very nice and comfortably slept 6. Staff was pleasant and attentive. The waterpark itself consists of a lazy river,2 slides, a surfboard pool,kiddie area,and waterworks. Fun for children of all ages. The hotel does have a small gym and a nice spa. My one complainant was that there was no hot tub for the adults,a sauna or a steam room for adults would make it complete. However overall an excellent time. A nice touch was the towel attendant with plenty of warm towels on handin the pool area. We were able to have full use of the pool on the day of our arrival the pool does close from 1100-1200 to encourage people who are checking out that day to leave,but you may stay if you want also. There was a nice shop in the pool area selling bathing suits/flip flops,etc. and I was surprised how reasonable the prices were. there is also a Walmart down the road for any items you may need.
Great for a family get-away
Review of the Great Escape Water Park.
We stayed at the Park for two nights beginning on Monday, February 20, 2006. Over all, this is a great destination for a quick family vacation. In addition, when you compare it to Great Wolf Lodge (GWL), this place is superior in almost every category.
So let's first talk about what I feel this place does better than GWL:
- there are bellmen to help with your bags
- there are coin operated washers and dryers
- there is a real restaurant
- there is a broader selection of food within the water park
- the water park is cleaner
- there is assistance at the end of the tube rides to assist exiting
- the wait staff and front desk people are nicer
- there is a boogie board ride in the water park
- the management is available whenever you want to speak to them
- the story hour is read by a real person
- there is a security guard at the entrance to the water park
While the water park at GWL is larger, my children, nor any of the other 100s of children, didn't notice or complain about the difference. There is a sufficient variety of rides in both places that they can amuse themselves for several days.
One additional comment - my youngest daughter knocked her head pretty good on one of the water slides. An accident pure and simple. After a visit to the hospital, exam by a physician, and awarded a stuffed animal - her diagnosis was "normal." I would like to comment that the water park staff responding quickly and professionally.
The first thing I'll say is Wow!
After watching and waiting for Six Flags Great Escape Lodge to finally open, it was the definitely worth the wait!! Being from Massachusetts, there are no indoor water parks close by, so we took the 3 hour journey to Lake George. The hotel/waterpark has been open for 2 weeks and they seem to have fine-tuned their operation. We arrived near noon and went to "pre-register". We all wore our swimsuits under our clothes to save time. We left all of our luggage in the car until check in time (4pm). The front desk people were very friendly and helpful. They gave us our wristbands which you need each day at the pool. In the pool area they have lockers which you can use by getting a key in the gift shop. They ask for a $10 deposit, you get a key which you can put on your wrist. By the lockers there are several changing rooms, including baby changing tables, shower facilities and bathrooms, and a first aid station. There is a snack bar in the pool area that serves hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries, soda, beer, ice cream, etc.. The current pool hours are 9am to 11am and then they close for maintenance until noon. Then they are open again from noon to 10pm. There are adirondack chairs lined up along the decks and also some tables and chairs. When we arrived there were no seats available anywhere, so we put towels on the floor until some nice lady gave up 2 of her chairs. People come down to the pool right when the park opens at 9am and save chairs and tables. Their is a security guard at the entrance to the waterpark and also an attendant handing out towels, which is great, many times we got warm ones right out of the dryer. There are laundry bins as you leave to put the used ones in. The lazy river is a favorite, there is a little kids area, a family raft ride and 2 single water slides. There is a raised platform that has the bucket and interactive water sprays. The adult only-spa is the only dud because it's only as warm as the rest of the pool water. The main attraction seemed to be the surf ride, beware of loosing your bathing suit on this ride, not bikini-friendly. We went back to the front desk at 2:45pm and our room was ready, they sent over a bellman to help with luggage, and they brought it right to our room. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck roam around during the day and I believe they're in the dining room at breakfast time. For a quick breakfast there's a kiosk in the lobby that has danish, muffins, juice, coffee, cereal, fruit, yogurt, etc. I heard the food in the dining room was really good, but we decided to go outside of the hotel for dinner. There were also kids activities during the day such as crafts and scavenger hunts, and they have a big arcade too. The layout of the hotel is great, the staff and service was fabulous. Our room was the smaller of selections, but very spacious, enough room to bring an air mattress if needed. There was a breakfast counter with 2 chairs, a small side table with 2 chairs, microwave, coffee maker, small refrigerator & sink, entertainment center with TV. There's a full tub and toilet, and the sink/vanity area was outside the bathroom, which is convenient. They provide a hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, & soap. The 2 queen beds were very comfortable, but the pullout couch wasn't so. The room was spotless and be-autifully decorated in the lodge theme. Check-out was at 11am, so we put everything in the car and left at 11am. We could have stayed all day if we wanted to stick around until the park re-opened at noon. I am extremely impressed, and can't wait to go back when the Six Flags theme park is open.