As the summer is drawing to a close, I start thinking about all the things I didn’t do this year. One of them was a trip to a theme park. So a couple of weeks ago, I grabbed my two children, my niece and her daughter and we headed off to The Great Escape (a Six Flags theme park) in Lake George, NY (actually it’s in Queensbury but everyone refers to it as Lake George).
A week before we left I looked up the prices online and realized I could get a better deal from my local town clerks office. They sell the tickets for $35/person. I stopped by and picked up four tickets, thinking I could get a better deal online for my 4 year old niece. I was wrong. I would have been better off buying all 5 tickets from the Town Clerk’s Office and using an adult ticket on her. The price online and at the gate was $45 for a 4 year old.
We jumped in the car at 8am and drove 3 hours to the park. Parking was an additional $20, unless you wanted premium parking which was $25. I opted for the $25 parking since I knew we’d be tired and our feet would be aching when we walked back to our car. Which was exactly what happened when we left the park at 9pm. We were all very happy that I spent the extra $5.
The line getting into the park wasn’t too bad but there was a wait. There’s a security area you need to go through where they check your bags. Once you make it through that line, then it’s easy sailing.
I’m not a roller coaster kind-of-gal, but my son and my niece love them. They hit up Steamin’ Demon first. The lines weren’t long and they only had to wait through three rides before it was their turn.
Some of my favorite rides are the water related ones. Although I don’t normally care to get wet when I’m fully clothed, there is something refreshing about a little spray during a hot day. The log ride was the perfect relief I needed to help cool down.
On the way up to the Steamin’ Demon and the Log Ride was a “road” full of small houses that my great-niece could walk into. She loved posing for photos.
My grown daughter loved the whale (although she didn’t look like it in this photo)
This area of the park also leads you into the Wild West area. A few years back, maybe 10 or so, they used to have a Wild, Wild West show up on this side of the park, along with a restaurant that had characters come out and sing country kid music. Unfortunately it looks like that part of the park is closed down.
On our way down the hill out of Wild West land, we spotted a Big Foot – Sasquatch. (what is the difference between big foot and sasquatch anyways?)
Next we hit Kiddie Land, where all the rides are made for my niece.
I loved the expressions coming from the boy next to her.
They also have some great shows. While my niece stood in line for ride, my daughter and I snuck off to catch this show, The Moose is Right. Very cute and the whole time watching it I kept wishing my niece was with us, instead of standing in line. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see any of the other shows. My daughter really wanted to see the diving show but we always missed it by a few minutes or were way on the other side of the park.
We ate in one of their indoor restaurants (they don’t have very many indoor ones). It was great because it was air conditioned and it gave us a chance to sit and recharge our batteries. The three of us older women ordered a southwest-type chicken salad. My son grabbed chicken strips and fries and my niece ate a hot dog and fries. The total for all 5 of us to eat was $80. The salad was good but it would have been great if they had a southwest salad dressing to go with the southwest salad. There were only two dressing choices; ranch and raspberry vinaigrette. The raspberry didn’t go well with the corn and black beans.
After eating we did a few more laid back rides so we could let our food settle. There was a mini train we could ride around part of the park. A few of us did that while the two brave ones stood in the very long line for the Boomerang.
This ride brought you up backwards and then thrusted you through a series of upside down twisty twirls and back up the other side, you see in the photo. Then it shot you back through the twists, backwards.
Next we hit the Sasquatch ride. They went on this one twice. The lines weren’t long and you could pretty much get off, get back and line and be on the next ride.
This ride had two parts to it. On one side you’d be slowly lifted into the air 200′ and then you’d free fall. The other side of the ride (there were two towers), they thrust you up 200′ quickly and then you’d do smaller drops down. From what my son and niece said, it gave you two different feelings.
I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of everything but we did another water raft ride where we all ended up soaked. They have a nice water park but we never made it to it. Although the theme park closes at 9:00, the water park closed at 6pm.
One of the last rides we took was the gondola. Interesting, was the pile of hair ties we saw on the top of the buildings and cement blocks securing the ride. I wasn’t sure what that was all about but I would guess there were 1,000’s of hair ties people had thrown down into a pile. Things that make you go hmmmmm.
Since I was the camera girl, there were no photos of me. Oh wait…I do have one where I’m walking.
It’s the 5 of us.
Since we didn’t plan our trip until the last minute, I couldn’t find any hotel rooms available to us. So…if you’re going and you want to spend the night – book in advance. We left the park at 9:30pm, grabbed a bite to eat at McDonalds and then drove home, arriving around 1am.
We had a great time and it really was worth the $35 for each of us. It’s hard to eat frugally here as everything is really expensive. So plan on dropping some money on food.
It had been at least 6-8 years since I’d been here and I plan on coming back again next year. I must say though, if you can borrow a little one to bring with you, it did make the day much more enjoyable watching her excitement.