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Picture of the mantle in the main lobby of the Great Escape Lodge, Queensbury, NY

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge Waterpark

In February we went to the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark in Queensbury, NY. Again. This is the second time we’ve gone to the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge in as many years because it’s the second time we managed to find a major discount code online! We will probably go back again next year if we find another discount code.

As mentioned in the previous post, this time we stayed for two nights instead of only one and the experience was much less hectic. We weren’t in as much of a rush to get to the waterpark to take advantage of the early entry for hotel guests this time.  This allowed us to enjoy the wonderful drive through the Adirondacks. Ironically, for February, there was more snow back home than there was in the mountains!

Once we arrived at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, we were able to check in early. As February appears to be a bit of a low season and we were checking in on a Sunday, it seems they had time to have our room ready for us. Posted check in time is 4PM but we were into our room just after 2PM.

One thing we tried to catch this time was the 8PM bedtime stories by the fireplace. This is a neat little thing where one of the characters comes along with a companion and the companion reads a couple books for the kids. Well, stress that we tried to catch the bedtime stories.  The first night we missed them completely as we got there at about 8:12PM and the girls caught the last pages of the last book and woosh, off went the character and companion. The second night we made sure we were there early and that worked much better but still, the whole thing doesn’t last very long. There was a decent crowd of people there both nights so coming sort of early makes getting a seat easier.

The waterpark itself was good again this year. We convinced friends of ours to join us this year and our kids were all old enough to do many of the attractions on their own. Lots of fun.

Picture of the indoor water park at the Great Escape Lodge, Queensbury, NY

One big difference this time was the water temperature was much better this year. I don’t think we ever found out why but last year when we were at the waterpark, the water was really cold and made things like the lazy river not enjoyable. This time the lazy river was much better as you could actually stay in the water without shivering.

Spending two nights really made for a much more enjoyable time. The downside was the discount only applied for Sunday-Thursdays when we booked so we stayed Sunday and Monday night. Not a huge problem as this also had the advantage of the waterpark being less crowded most of the time. As mentioned in the previous post, the logistics of checkout time are a little tricky. This time we skipped getting a locker and I just didn’t go swimming on the checkout morning. This is much easier as one parent can manage two older kids without too much difficulty and the second can manage getting the clothes, etc. from your car when you’re done swimming. Of course, we also had an infant this time that one of us had to look after so he and I enjoyed the, uh, scenery.

For a quick winter break only a few hours from Ottawa, ON, we will likely go back to the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge again next year. It’s well worth it to watch for the discount codes from the travel sites as long as you have a flexible schedule because they are rather short notice (like 3-4 weeks in advance for us and we booked the last possible dates at that time).

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark

We recently went to the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark in Queensbury, NY and had a fantastic time. This indoor water park is only about 4.5 hours from the Ottawa, ON area so it’s quite reasonable to go for a weekend or a few days during the week.

On this trip, we only went for one night and looking back, that was a mistake on our part. Next time we will go for two nights to get more “bang for the buck”. More on this later.

The way it is setup, you book a room at the Great Escape Lodge and it includes passes for the White Water Bay water park (which is attached directly to the hotel). The base rate is about $200/night – seems steep until you see that a day pass to the waterpark is $39/person. So, with the 4 included passes ($156 total), the hotel is only $44/night! They also have a set of deals on their website that are worth checking out.

It’s even better when you stumble across a coupon code for 50% off like I did! More later on this.

I don’t think it would be worth staying at a different hotel and buying the day passes unless you were getting a really good deal somewhere else or you were dropping the (older) kids off for the day while you go somewhere else.

So why more than one night next time? Logistics. You are allowed to use the water park from noon on the day you check-in until 2PM on the day you check out. That’s fantastic except that the complication is that you can’t check-in until 4PM and checkout is at 11am. They have lockers you can rent (for $10/day) so you can stash your valuables but that means someone has to leave the water park to go check-in and haul the rest of the stuff to the room. For check-out day, you really need to haul everything out of the room before 10am (when the waterpark opens) and probably get another locker to store valuables (or at least your car keys) while using the water park after you check out. Having a second night would just make the logistics headache a little more bearable. As it was, it felt like we were rushing to get into the hotel and rushing to get out of the hotel all in the span of ~18 hours (we only arrived mid-afternoon due to travel delays coming from our other destination on this trip).

The discount code! I nearly forgot! I stumbled on that completely. The day we booked the hotel, I did a quick google search and found a code that was expiring that day. Pure luck to get the room (and 4 passes) for $99. It does appear that they have similar offers from time to time as I saw some other codes for the same deal with different dates but they all appeared to be short notice. The one I used was posted on March 2 and expired March 9.

I’m pretty sure we will be going again in the future. It’s close, has a fair bit for our young kids to do and even without the discount code, it’s reasonably priced.