Family-friendly hotel near the Adirondacks with an indoor water park, kids’ activities, and several dining options
Hotel at a Glance: Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
It’s always a balmy 82 degrees inside Six Flags Great Escape Lodge’s indoor water park. A lazy river winds around the facility, passing by nearly 300 feet of water slides, an adults-only hot tub, and Tall Timbers Treehouse, a multilevel playland with 160 interactive features and sprayers. There’s even an almost 400 foot long whitewater-rafting simulator that sends riders zipping across foaming rapids on a bright-yellow raft. Lodge guests get unlimited access to all the aquatic fun.
- Spacious suites are large enough for families; each one has a microwave and a refrigerator.
- Onsite dining options include Johnny Rockets, a sports bar with 22 flat-screen TVs, a water park snack bar, a seasonal tavern serving breakfast and light dinner fare, and a coffee shop.
- Included with stay: Each registered guest receives access to the splash-filled indoor water park.
- For Mom and Dad: There’s an onsite spa offering massages, aromatherapy, and beauty treatments. Kids can tag along to visit Cupcake Kids Spa, offering Mommy & Me treatments and Prince/Princess packages.
- Pick up souvenirs in the gift shop.
- More park features: Try body surfing or take a stand-up surf lesson at Boogie Bear Surf, or visit Lott-a-Watta-Bay to enjoy peaceful rock formations. Kids under 54” can enjoy Tip-a-Kanu-Beach, a shallow activity pool designed specifically for little ones.
- Park hours: Click here to see the full schedule.
- Waterpark dining: * Four combo meal vouchers can be purchased for $35, plus tax (only valid for this waterpark); each voucher is valid for a choice of five different entrees, fries and a 21 oz. fountain drink. This additional, purchasable offer gives customers over 20% off four pack of waterpark meal vouchers. This can be purchased by calling the reservation department at (518) 824-6060.
Lake George, New York: Outdoor Adventure in the Adirondacks’
Lake George is not without its admirers—Frommer’s calls it “the beating heart of the southeastern Adirondacks,” and local lore has it that Thomas Jefferson proclaimed it “the most beautiful water I ever saw.” More than 200 years after Jefferson’s declaration, the 32-mile-long lake is still a popular spot for sailing, swimming, and hiking in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. For the best swimming conditions, head to Million Dollar Beach, where there are lifeguards on duty, changing rooms, and a sand volleyball court. For hiking, follow the trail that leads to Shelving Rock Falls, a 50-foot cascade rushing down a series of boulders.
There are two great ways to see the beauty that Jefferson raved about. The first is to take a shuttle or hike 2 miles to the top of Prospect Mountain, which towers over Lake George at 2,030 feet. On a clear day, you can see 100 miles in any direction. The second option is to board a Lake George steamship, which cruises past the islands of the Narrows as well as several historic mansions.