Unique Things to Do at The Great Escape
One-of-a-kind experiences you won’t find anywhere else
Our collection of unique attractions is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We have one-of-a-kind rides and once-in-a-lifetime family activities that you won’t find anywhere else. Check out this list of exclusive experiences only available at The Great Escape.
1. The Comet is a national treasure that dates back to 1948, but is far from retiring.
The Great Escape boasts a true legend among its coaster arsenal. The Comet dates back to 1948 when originally built at Crystal Beach (Ontario, Canada). Constructed with steel supports, this wooden track roller coaster was preserved after that park closed down in 1989. Acquired by and eventually moved to The Great Escape in 1994, it re-opened to great acclaim by coaster fans everywhere. This signature ride was designated an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark by American Coaster Enthusiasts in 2009.
2. The only park in New York with three kids areas.
With such a rich history, The Great Escape features three distinct themed children’s areas. Storytown showcases the park’s origins with many beloved children’s tales. Timbertown sports ambience and rides themed to a wooded camp setting. Kidzopolis lets families with younger children have a special spot to drive, spin and even get wet in a zero-entry splash playground.
3. Alpine Bobsled is a rare, freewheeling coaster.
One of only three such rides operating in the world, Alpine Bobsleds has the distinction of being the only one in the Northern U.S. and the only one that features seating for eight family members and friends. A similar version exists at our sister park, Six Flags Over Texas. To experience more of this style of thrills, you’d have to go to The Netherlands for the third!
4. Where else can you take your picture with a pink whale?
Storyland’s Pink Whale has long been a favorite photo spot? Who can’t resist smiling when they look back at childhood pictures posed with a giant pink whale?
5. Ride the Storytown Train.
It’s all aboard for a journey through the history of The Great Escape. The 15-minute round trip gives families a relaxing tour of the roots of the park from its days as Storytown, including some friendly smiles from old friends such as the Purple Cow and Humpty Dumpty.
*Tim Baldwin – editor of RollerCoaster! Magazine, staff writer at Amusement Today and Communications Director for American Coaster Enthusiasts – contributed to this article.