Family-friendly hotel near the Adirondacks with an indoor waterpark, 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 waterpark. A lazy river winds around the facility, passing by nearly 700 feet of water slides, an adults-only hot tub, and Tall Timbers Treehouse, a multilevel playland with 160 interactive features and sprayers.
- 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 waterpark 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 waterpark.
- 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.
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.