Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
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We left Ballston Spa with lots of tears all around. We have had a wonderful time enjoying the everyday routine of the kids and being able to participate in their activities. It is very hard to leave. We spent the night in Tremont PA which is in the Appalachian Mts. When we woke up the temp was 43 degrees! We drove on down rt 81 toward our destination of Farmington Pa and Fallingwater. This stretch took us longer than anticipated because we had to cross the Appalachian and Alleghany ...
... British. Several large scale and many smaller skirmishes were fought, the largest in the area of the Hudson River near the town of Stillwater, NY. The landscape is hilly, heavily wooded and beautiful. It's hard to think of the thousands who died here, blooding the ground now so casually littered with candy wrappers and beer cans. The Historical Park features a 10 mile drive to some of the major battle sites. There is also a grassy walking path to follow around the ...
... to see some of the local people enjoying their lovely natural attraction. Then we made our way to Stewart's for some coffee - that turned into milk shake and root beer float. We discovered the Stewart's was pretty much on Rt 9N so Otto headed north to Saranac and I headed south to Saratoga from there.
Another lovely paddle - I really enjoyed the Hudson - it felt so good to be on the water with the breeze blowing and the cool water dripping off my paddle.
... the rest of the way to Lake
Luzerne State Campground arriving with the drizzle around 4 pm. Route 4 is a beautiful ride running through Woodstock… definitely a place to visit again. The campground was a
disappointment… poorly maintained, icky bathrooms, but nice showers. The sites
were on a heavily wooded ridge above ...
... Springs which included a ride on the carousel. Much to the dismay of both girls I took pictures. We went to Old Friends Cabin Creek to visit the magnificent retired thoroughbred horses. Funny Cide was visiting from Old Friends Kentucky because this is the 150th anniversary of Saratoga Springs racetrack. He is an elegant ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark Queensbury
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.