For our Christmas break this year, we wanted to travel somewhere that was within short driving distance from our home in Boston but was still a fun place for kids to visit. I’ve been wanting to stay at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park for a while, so we booked three nights and headed up right after Christmas.
The Great Escape Lodge offers several different room types, and we chose to upgrade to a Kids Klub room with an Adirondack-Themed Cabin right in the room.
Located in Queensbury NY (right in the Lake George area), the Great Escape Lodge is conveniently located and a fun place to visit with kids.
Review of the Great Escape Lodge in Lake George, NY
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Our Visit to the Great Escape Lodge: Review
We arrived at the Great Escape Lodge about an hour before check-in, and while the lobby and check-in counter were crowded, we were able to get right into our room. Our room was a Klub Moose Suite. The room itself is larger than a standard hotel room and offers a queen bed with a pull-out couch.
The suite also offers a desk, table, refrigerator, and microwave. The Adirondack-themed kids’ cabin has bunk beds and a television. Although there’s an open ceiling and no door to the cabin, it definitely feels like a private space just for the kids. My kids loved having their own private suite.
While the room was a nice size with great amenities, the room location we got wasn’t optimal. We were adjacent to the staircase and it was a little loud, even late at night (the hotel has quiet hours starting at 11pm, but my kids are always in bed way before that). I would recommend requesting a room away from the stairs if possible.
In addition, our bed was very uncomfortable. I’m usually able to sleep pretty well in hotel beds, but after the second night, I had a bad backache. Other reviews I’ve read of the hotel state that the beds are comfortable, so I’m wondering if that bed was an anomaly.
Other room types at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark include traditional suites (with no separate cabin area for kids), and the newer Great Northern Suites. These new suites include nicer carpeting and toiletries, and access to the Great Northern Cafe for an included Continental breakfast.
Food at the Great Escape Lodge
If you are hungry, there are lots of options right within the resort. There’s Tale Tales Tavern right off the lobby, the Birch Bark Grill snack bar in the White Water Bay water park, and the Bear Claw Cafe coffee bar in the lobby, along with a Johnny Rockets restaurant and sports bar.
We brought our own breakfasts to eat in the room, but did have dinner at Johnny Rocket’s one night and really enjoyed it. It’s a fun, kid-friendly place to eat.
Activities at the Great Escape Lodge
While there are plenty of activities at the lodge, the White Water Bay water park is the big draw here however. Guests of the Great Escape Lodge receive free admission (day passes are available for those who aren’t staying at the lodge). During our stay, it was open from 9am-9pm, and we usually visited first thing in the morning.
My kids really enjoyed the slides and the lazy river, although the water in the slides was apparently cold. Towels are available, but I’d recommend bringing your own, because they are small and ran out at points in the afternoon.
At the water park, you’ll find a wave simulator, lazy river, tube water slides, raft ride, and little kids’ area with various water features. It’s perfect for a fun filled day.
Other amenities at the resort include the Tranquility Spa for adults and the Cupcakes Kids Spa for kids. There are also two gift shops, and a kids’ club. The resort offers a number of separate activities that can be booked individually, including a Teddy Bear Picnic and a kids’ Paint and Sip.
The hotel offers the Starlight Arcade, which my kids loved. It had lots of game options and the kids earned tickets for small prizes. There’s also Adventure Trek: Quest of the Guardians, an interactive game for kids.
The staff at the Great Escape Lodge is very friendly and helpful. We were briefly locked out of our room and had four different staff members offer to help as we stood by the door. The issue was quickly resolved (the battery in the door lock had died) and we were in our room within just a few minutes.
Despite these few little hiccups with our stay, I would definitely stay there again. We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the lodge, and my kids were totally in awe of the cabin in our room.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Great Escape Lodge
The Great Escape Lodge offers various package deals on their website. These can be a great way to save money if they apply to your specific vacation.
We visited right after Christmas, and were able to enjoy Holiday In the Lodge, an event that takes place from November 22-December 28th. This event includes holiday decor, holiday themed activities, and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
There’s also the Spook And Splash event that takes place from September 28 – October 27. It includes live shows, a costume contest, and more.
If you are visiting over New Year’s Eve, there’s a party and special event to celebrate the day.
We loved our stay in one of the suites. The kids really enjoyed having their very own space, and we spent enough time in the room that it was worth it.
I’d recommend considering how much time you’ll spend in the room. If you aren’t going to be there for very long, it may not be worth it.