“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

William Feather

I’ve lived in the Capital Region all of my life and from when I was a kid until now, Six Flags Great Escape (89 Six Flags Dr, Queensbury) was a staple of my summers. I had season passes every year I could, The Comet was my first roller coaster and you couldn’t keep me away from Fright Fest. This weekend I had the opportunity to spend all of my time in all facets of the Great Escape and I can’t wait to talk about all the great new things they have to offer.

I checked in to the Great Escape Lodge on Friday to get ready for the very first Glow for a Run. I picked up my packet (shirt, bib & glow sticks) and went back to the room to glow myself up. If you’ve read my blog, I’ve kind of become running obsessed over the past year and am training for my first 10K in August. I don’t do many of these “fun-runs” but it was at Great Escape, in the dark and since it was their first one I figured I’d give it a try. The 5K was ironically scheduled for the longest day of the year so we had to wait a little while for the dark so that we would actually glow. Around 9:00PM we began our trek around the parking lot for what seemed like the first mile. It was best to get that out-of-the-way in the beginning but there was no music and a parking lot was kind of boring but eventually we got to the park. The whole park was dark except for the ride lights which was pretty awesome. The course was pretty flat for most of the run except for 2 really large hills that I didn’t even attempt to pretend I could run up. I finished the race in 32:00 minutes though it wasn’t officially timed. The race ended in a black light party with chicken fingers, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and my favorite part- beer! I hope they do this run again because it was a blast!

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I had the pleasure of staying in one of the Premium Adirondack suits at the Lodge and it was amazing. The room was beautiful! It included a Keurig, memory-foam mattress that felt like I was sleeping on a cloud and a premium complimentary breakfast. The breakfast had muffins, danishes, biscuits and gravy, coffee/juice and fruit and yogurt.  Aside from the premium breakfast option only available to suites, guests can eat at Tall Tales Tavern for about $13/per person or Johnny Rockets as we did. The entire staff was incredibly accommodating and the convenience of having free parking with a room and the availability to go to the park the next day with the day passes included in your stay is incredible.

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Before you head over to the park, though, you can check out White Water Bay, a water park included in your stay at the lodge. The middle of the indoor water park is Tall Timbers Treehouse for children that’s similar to the Bucket Brigade across the street. I wanted to go into the lazy river but it was a little crowded and not enough tubes so I tried out the two enclosed slides which were awesome! My favorite part was relaxing in the jacuzzi that had high walls and didn’t allow anyone under 18 so it gave my friends and I a really relaxing experience.

My friends and I also had the opportunity to try Adventure Trek while we were there. For a game for 6-12 year olds, us 20-somethings had a blast. So much fun, in fact that you’re going to have to wait until tomorrow to hear about it.

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I had a great stay at the Great Escape Park & Lodge this past weekend. I always found it strange since I live in driving distance to stay at the hotel but it was so accommodating and relaxing that I felt like I was on a real vacation.  If I was there one more day, I may have even taken advantage of the Tranquility Spa and gotten a massage- maybe next time! With all that’s included with your stay, it’s almost an obvious choice to get a room. It’s like a staycation with enough distance for real relaxation!

Want to know about the new AMAZING game that the Great Escape Lodge offers called Adventure Trek? Check back on the blog!