Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark

89 Six Flags Drive, Queensbury, 12804, NY

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Overview

Located adjacent to The Great Escape theme park in Lake George, NY, the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park is open year round for weatherproof family fun. Within the lodge, the main attraction is the 38,000-square-foot White Water Bay, the only indoor water park in the Lake George region.

Lake George is nestled in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, so the property theme follows suit. Lodge-style decor carries throughout four floors of guest rooms and the lobby, with its floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and a high ceiling with exposed wood beams. Other property amenities and features include the Tranquility Spa, a fitness center, an arcade, two gift shops, and a cozy library area with fireplace. On-site, there are three dining facilities; the highlight of these being Johnny Rockets.

The resort’s Kids’ Club runs character meet-and-greets throughout the day, as well as games, contests, arts, crafts and scavenger hunts. There are both free and fee-based programs throughout the day which provide interaction with several “Scooby Doo” characters, plus the park’s own “Timbertown” characters.

From the Lodge, it’s a two-minute drive — or 10-minute walk — to The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. This combination theme park and water park is open seasonally, between late May and early September. The theme park alone is open on select weekends for Halloween and holiday celebrations.

Our Editor Loves

  • White Water Bay indoor water park
  • Six Flags Great Escape theme park
  • Splashwater Kingdom outdoor water park

Family Interests

  • Water Parks
  • Water Sports

Family Amenities

  • Children Programs
  • Cribs
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Laundry
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool

Room Information

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The Adirondack-themed lodge is a completely non-smoking property featuring 200 guest suites, 180 of which are one-room family suites which can accommodate up to six guests. The remaining twenty suites with kitchenettes have two rooms each, accommodating up to 12 guests.
Standard suites offer two queen beds, with a pullout couch in a seating area separated by a half-wall. The lodge decor is omnipresent and detailed -- there were even snowshoes hanging on the wall of our room. The color scheme is warm and comfortable: forest green, burgundy and taupe. The plaid bedspreads were worn, but the beds themselves were comfortable.

Our room was spacious, and the layout was smart. Along one wall were compartmentalized sections with a clothes rack and luggage rack in one space, the bathroom sink with marble counter top in the middle, and the microwave and mini fridge in the third. Having the bathroom sink apart from the rest of the bathroom is convenient and time-efficient.

Guests are asked to observe quiet hours between 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. The lodge faces the I-87 highway, and even with the fan running, we could hear vehicular noise. The hard-wired internet connection, while free, was slow and unreliable. Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check out is 11 a.m.

Reviews

Never. Again.

by Tier62

If I could give a negative I would. There are so many fails at this lodge that I don't know where to begin...

The check in line was a 45 minute wait. My room wasn't ready so I was told to check back in 2 hours. When I checked back, I had to wait in another 45 min line. Not a great first impression.

I booked a room for six through Groupon. Upon check-in I was told that I needed to pay $80 more ("the Groupon deal doesn't include water park for 6, only 4, and since I had 6 in my group I had to pay additional money on top of the well over $300 I paid for the Groupon for a suite and water park -for six. According to the associate at the front desk, "It's not our fault that Groupon doesn't tell you that it's only admission for 4 in a room for six, so it's Groupon's fault not ours").

I requested a roll away at check in and was told one would be brought up to the room. After 4 hours I called the front desk to inquire about the roll away. I was told they do not have any here and even if they did, it would a fire hazard to send one up. When I informed the associate that I was told by the desk at check in that would be supplied, she replied that there are new people working and they don't now the rules (?!).

While my kids were in the park, the lazy river and slides were all closed down for an hour with no explanation as to why or when things would reopen.

At bedtime I called the desk to request additional pillows and blankets for the pull out. In the suite for 6 there were only 6 pillows and 1 additional blanket. The woman at the desk was annoyed that I was requesting more than 1 pillow per guest and informed me that the lodge did not have any more pillows at all.

Between lunch, lodging, the water park, dinner and the arcade I spent well over $800 at this "resort" and it was the worst experience ever! I will never return and neither will the families of the 4 children whom I brought to the lodge for an overnight water park birthday for my daughter.If I could give a negative I would. There are so many fails at this lodge that I don't know where to begin...

The check in line was a 45 minute wait. My room wasn't ready so I was told to check back in 2 hours. When I checked back, I had to wait in another 45 min line. Not a great first impression.

I booked a room for six through Groupon. Upon check-in I was told that I needed to pay $80 more ("the Groupon deal doesn't include water park for 6, only 4, and since I had 6 in my group I had to pay additional money on top of the well over $300 I paid for the Groupon for a suite and water park -for six. According to the associate at the front desk, "It's not our fault that Groupon doesn't tell you that it's only admission for 4 in a room for six, so it's Groupon's fault not ours").

I requested a roll away at check in and was told one would be brought up to the room. After 4 hours I called the front desk to inquire about the roll away. I was told they do not have any here and even if they did, it would a fire hazard to send one up. When I informed the associate that I was told by the desk at check in that would be supplied, she replied that there are new people working and they don't now the rules (?!).

While my kids were in the park, the lazy river and slides were all closed down for an hour with no explanation as to why or when things would reopen.

At bedtime I called the desk to request additional pillows and blankets for the pull out. In the suite for 6 there were only 6 pillows and 1 additional blanket. The woman at the desk was annoyed that I was requesting more than 1 pillow per guest and informed me that the lodge did not have any more pillows at all.

On a side note, the wifi was useless and the cell reception is nil.

Between lunch, lodging, the water park, dinner and the arcade I spent well over $800 at this "resort" and it was the worst experience ever! I will never return and neither will the families of the 4 children whom I brought to the lodge for an overnight water park birthday for my daughter.

Go somewhere else

by ChristinaM3845

If you have an option, go somewhere else. Especially if you do not live near it, not worth the trip. Also, look deeply into the better rooms because this is what you want to book. Our room was pretty terrible aside from the size. The mattress felt like it was filled with sand. The sofa bed was as thin as they come, dirty and holes in various places. The TV was tiny for a huge room. The so called breakfast bar had a rinky dinky one at a time coffee maker. Not a keurig. Like a prehistoric keurig. A regular size coffee pot would have been sufficient. What is a Mr Coffee, Like $14.99? They either need to get with Johnny rockets and train them or get a new chain in there because they are pretty rude. The water park was ehhhh. Pretty small. Lots of seating though. Don’t have anything negative to say about the bar and grill. The food was great and so was the service. The access to the water park is convenient. For the price they charge all rooms should come with breakfast. Most smaller chains offer it for a much cheaper price. I understand they had better rooms but our room was pricey. To be in the condition it was in was disappointing.

Family Activities

At the Great Escape Lodge, there is absolutely no chance for kids to get bored, with the White Water Bay indoor water park as part of the property, as well as an active Kids Club onsite. Add to the mix a few days spent at The Great Escape Theme Park and the Splashwater Kingdom outdoor water park, and you'll have a very busy, if not overwhelming, week.

White Water Bay Indoor Water Park
Upon checking-in as a lodge guest, everyone will get a wristband, which is required to gain access to White Water Bay. Admission is complimentary to lodge guests, while day passes are available to the public. This 38,000-square foot indoor water park features a multi-level play structure, a shallow activity pool for children, a lazy river, several waterslides, and an adults-only hot tub. While there are enough rides and attractions to keep kids occupied for several hours, the park is small enough to keep tabs on them.

My 11-year-old loved The Tall Timbers Treehouse, which is designed for ages 3 and up. There was only one lifeguard on duty for this 4,375-square-foot play area, which concerned me. There are approximately 160 interactive elements, including a huge bucket which fills and spills over every few minutes, and three body slides up to 18 feet high. When I inquired, I was told on busy days an attendant is posted at the top of the slides also. Lifeguards were plentiful at all the other attractions.

My 4-year old preferred the shallow, calm Tip-A-Kanu-Beach area for toddlers with several fountains and a pint-sized slide. White Water Bay also features Boogie Bear Surf, a unique FlowRider attraction with simulated waves. Guests take it on one at a time, facing the rapid current on a boogie board. After several tries, my son could stay on the board for a good clip, and he was hooked. Standing surf lessons are offered for a charge.

Kids Klub
While the main family recreation feature at the Lodge is the indoor water park, there are other programs available. The Kids Klub offers scheduled crafts activities, as well as character meals and bedtime story sessions. You'll recognize Scooby Doo, Scrappy Doo, and Shaggy, but you'll also meet the property's own new "Timbertown" characters, like Spruce the Moose, Frankie the Fox, and Sheldon the Turtle.

Most of these programs require advance reservations, cost extra, and require parents to stay with their children. We checked in on a Friday and found that all the evening programs through the weekend were full, such as "Sundaes with Scrappy" and "S'mores with Scooby."

The highlight of my 4-year-old daughter's day was the "dance party" in the lobby at 4 p.m. with characters Scrappy Doo and Frankie the Fox. For an hour, the characters danced with the kids to Top-40 hits and line dances. This was free, and not crowded, except for the parents tripping over each other to take photos.

The scheduled activities during the day are great for rainy days, or when a quiet break is needed from the theme park or water parks. We attended a T-shirt coloring session. For $10 per child, we were given white Great Escape T-shirts to color with fabric markers. Older kids will appreciate the evening Guitar Hero tournaments held in the video arcade.

The Star Light Arcade features over 45 games, from classic Skee Ball to new video games. Many of the games issue tickets after play, which can be collected and redeemed for small toys.

The Great Escape
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom is a combination of theme park and water park. It's open seasonally, between late May and early September. The theme park alone is open on select weekends for Halloween and holiday celebrations.

The Great Escape has over 135 rides, shows and attractions, including seven roller coasters. It's an attractive park, with ample shade from trees and oversized umbrellas. Some attractions, dating back to the 1980's, are showing their age with faded and peeling paint.

When you arrive, pick up a map, and a separate show schedule. Our favorite was the Arctic Olympic Games Splash Theater, with divers dressed like rascally penguins training for a diving competition. They dove from several platforms reaching up to 100 feet. We also watched "Rock Nation," a loud song and dance production aimed at tweens and teens, at the Alpine Fest Haus.

If you're bringing pre-schoolers, you'll spend most of your time in the Kidzopolis, Storytown, and Timbertown sections of the park. There are three rides in Kidzopolis sized just right for two and three-year olds, and a stage for interactive song and dance shows. Storytown features the ubiquitous carousel and train ride.

In Timbertown, there's a theater offering a dress up show with a magical trunk filled with costumes. Junior-sized versions of a roller coaster, free-fall ride, swings and a car ride are all worth the wait. There are new "Timbertown" characters this season, including Frankie the Fox and Sheldon the Turtle. These critters come out for meet-and-greets on the stage in the Fest Area.

For older thrill-seekers, there are several coasters: the Alpine Bobsled, Boomerang, Steamin' Demon, Canyon Blaster, and the highly-rated Comet wooden coaster. There's a 192-foot tower drop, the Sasquatch. For an additional fee, you can try the Skycoaster fall attraction, or the Turbo Bungee trampoline.

Most of the rides were hits with my kids, with some unlike those we've seen at other parks, like the Swan Boats. The Thunder Alley go-karts were unique in that the cars were '50s convertibles -- including some pink ones -- traveling Route 66, with music of the era playing. However, there are several common, carnival-caliber rides, like the bumper cars and the convoy truck ride.

Splashwater Kingdom
Splashwater Kingdom is the water park located behind The Great Escape. It operates on the same seasonal schedule from late May to early September, and admission includes both parks. You can only access the water park by walking through the expanse of The Great Escape theme park. It's a long walk carrying beach bags and towels.

This water park features a giant wave pool, numerous slides and water-play areas. The most popular attractions include Paul Bunyan's Bucket Brigade, a multi-slide activity complex resembling a giant tree house, with 150 water play features like geysers and shower bursts, as well as a 1,000-gallon water barrel that tips over and spills at regular intervals.

Noah's Sprayground is a younger water play area with a giant ark in the middle with two twisted slides starting at the top. Mini-slides in the shape of an elephant and frog sit in an adjacent kiddie pool. Captain Hook's Adventure River is a slow-paced lazy river ride, with mild water shooters, bubblers, and varied currents. It's shallow enough to allow a parent to walk alongside a child floating in the tube.

For speed and thrills, the Banshee Plunge, Black Cobra, and Twister Falls tube rides deliver, as does the Mega Wedgie, a swirling, bowl-style ride. The 500,000-gallon Lumberjack Splash wave pool produces ocean-sized waves. It's a popular attraction, but it doesn't operate every day. It progresses in depth from zero-entry to five feet. Tube rentals are available, and you can't bring your own flotation devices.

Family Dining

Within the Great Escape Lodge, there are three restaurants; one of which is inside the indoor water park. Tall Tales Tavern, located off the main lobby, serves familiar comfort foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While we visited, we had the option to order a la carte, or take advantage of the buffet. The menu choices are basic, including pizza, fish and chips, pulled pork, and chicken.

Johnny Rockets
Johnny Rockets is the best, and most entertaining, of the eateries. It's open all day from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. weekends. Part of the international chain, it recreates the look of a 1950's hamburger and malt shop. The signature menu items are hand-pressed hamburgers and hand-dipped shakes and malts. Kids will get a kick out of feeding quarters into the jukebox, watching the wait staff breaking into song, and wearing the cook's cap handed out by cheerful waitresses.

Birch Bark Grill
Within White Water Bay, simple snacks and meals like hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, popcorn, and pretzels can be ordered and purchased at the Birch Bark Grill counter. The menu also includes ice cream, smoothies, beer, wine and frozen alcoholic drinks likes daiquiris and margaritas.

Tall Pines Coffee Corner
There is a coffee bar in the lobby -- the Tall Pines Coffee Corner -- where you can grab muffins, bagels, cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt. It is only open early in the morning.

Theme Park Dining
Within The Great Escape theme park and Splashwater Kingdom, you'll find a predictable and pricey menu at nearly every eatery, such as chicken tenders, burgers and hot dogs. Lunch for the four of us at the Alpine Fest Haus was mid-priced. Most of the dining establishments are outdoors, except for the Alpine Fest Haus and the Timbertown Grill and Marketplace.

As for healthy options, we found basic pre-packaged salads at both of these indoor restaurants. The Timbertown Grill also had pre-packaged fruit slices, as well as two Moo-Bella ice cream vending machines which offered the opportunity to create your own concoction with a selection of ice creams and mix-ins.

Planning & Tips

All About the Extras
The ideal stay at The Great Escape Lodge, on its own, is two or three days. If you also plan to visit The Great Escape theme park with the outdoor Splashwater Kingdom water park, add another two days to see and do everything.

Towels are provided, but they're just a little larger than a standard hand towel. Bring your own beach towels. There are two sizes of lockers available for rent per day. For adults 18 and older, there is a Jacuzzi, "Soakum Springs," hidden near Lott-A-Watta Bay.

"GO FAST" passes are available for an extra charge. These allow you to wait in shorter lines for the most popular rides, like the Alpine Bobsled and Comet coasters, and the Sasquatch tower drop.

For rides with height restrictions, the minimum height is generally either 42" or 48" for unaccompanied children. The exception is in Timbertown and Kidzopolis, where it's generally 36."

Getting Around
We went to the indoor water park from 8 p.m. until it closed at 10 p.m. The lack of crowds and ride lines made it more enjoyable. During the day, be aware that the "Texlon" roof is conducive to tanning, so consider sunscreen.

Strollers, wheelchairs and electronic convenience vehicles are available for rent. They're provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, so plan to arrive early. Daily locker rentals are also first-come, first-serve, in three sizes.

Get your hand stamped if you wish to return to park on the same day.

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