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Day Trip: Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park

The Wiggles World landscape

I heart these dancing waitresses at Johnny Rockets!

Tubing it at the Indoor Water Park at Great Escapes Lodge

This ride was in the "Highly Strenuous" category.

Just got back from a fun-filled action packed family mini-vacation. We spent 2 nights at The Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, NY, which is right across the street from Six Flags Great Escapes and Splashdown Kingdom Water Park. It took us about 2 hours to get there from Kingston, and we arrived around 5:30 pm. (Check in is at 4pm, but they allow you to use the water park at 12 noon if you are checking in that day).  Check-in was a breeze, and our room was better than I expected.  The room was spacious and had a separate section with a sofa and large coffee table. It was nice to have a  fridge and a microwave too.  I liked the Adirondack motif too. (Snowshoes look kind of cool when mounted on a hotel room wall. We didn’t spend too much time in the room because the kids couldn’t wait to swim in the water park.

Even-though there are kids running around everywhere, the place appeared well-organized and safe. There are lifeguards stationed at every ride, towels and life-jackets available, and spacious changing rooms and lockers.    Both nights we ate dinner at Johnny Rockets restaurant in the lodge.  The retro diner food was delicious. (I treated myself to a semi-annual black & white milk shake!)  I guess you have to be happy to work there as the job requires singing and dancing.  We went to Six Flags Great Adventure our first morning, and I was pleasantly surprised that there were hardly any lines in the morning. (One staff person told us that the park has had very low attendance this summer maybe due to the rain and the recession).

The only thing I didn’t appreciate was the over-priced food concessions.  We ate lunch at the Alpine House, which had a lively group of Alpine singers.   We got caught in a few thunder storms on the way back to the Hudson Valley, but over all we had a great trip. For our Monday & Tuesday night stay the room was $199/night, which includes access to their Indoor Water park. (Only hotel guests can have access to it). Breakfast was not included but there is a small Seattle Coffee stand near the lobby that sells breakfast foods and we spent about $15 for the 4 of us so it wasn’t that bad. (Bagels, cereal, yogurt, insane cookies). It was a nice discovery, and we are already thinking about returning for a couple nights in August.  To check it out, visit  What are other fun places to visit in the Adirondacks?

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