When you go to a theme park with a large group of family (24 of us) you hope for the best, but brace for the worst.....what we experienced at NY States premier theme/water park was just plain fun and relaxation. Cabins and RV were fantastic, park was a riot and having a "home base" so close to the park made the trip both fun and relaxing. Sitting on our cabin porch in the shade with a nice breeze, or cooking dinner on the grill at night all added up to a nice getaway, kids would wander back and forth between the cabins and the park and every now and then, we would all go together to catch a ride on something fun or just explore the park. All in all, a fun three days that we look forward to doing sometime again. The park and resort are all, thought out well and designed with families in mind, if you get the chance, spend a few nights, you won't regret it!!!
I have been going to Darien Lake with parents for as long as I can remember. At 21, Darien Lake was the first choice for a fun, few day long camping trip with friends. I have been riding the roller coasters since the year I hit 48" inches and still love them. I live near Canada's Wonderland in Ontario, Canada a much larger and superior theme park in terms of rides then Darien Lake but still would rather visit Darien Lake any time. The camping/ lodging deals available throughout the season are very reasonably and fairly priced. With (as-clean-as-outdoor-public-washrooms-allow) facilities, hydro, and running water, it makes camping trips very comfortable. This year we tried Glamping, only slightly more expensive than basic camping and were very impressed with the accommodations. All around my favourite place for some good old fashion theme park fun.
My husband, 2 teenage sons, and I had a great vacation at Darien. We spent 4 days - 3 nights at the lodge. So convenient and reasonably priced as lodging includes park admission. The lodge has every convenience - met all our needs- the people / staff are friendly and helpful. The park is clean and pretty; has a variety of rides. Only 1 ride had miserable attendants - the rest were ok and ride of steel had great - helpful attendants. Food is reasonable priced - Drinks are NOT. As Darien serves beer, they do need to work on the ID process (gues over 21 should receive a special bracelet so they don't need to carry id) Darien offers lots to do and visiting the campsites (soccer goals) was a bonus for us.