I've lived in the Capital Region my whole life, so most of my best memories are from right here in the 518. I have family in Lake George so any weekend we could, that's where we'd be and more specifically, Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom.

Six Flags Great Escape does a great job of bringing new rides and new experiences every year. I love the classic rides (The Comet is my all-time favorite) but I'm always excited to see what Great Escape has planned each year. For last year's opening, they not only debuted a new ride, Greezed Lightnin,' but a virtual reality experience on the already established roller coaster Steamin' Demon.

This year, they're stepping up their attractions again. Starting in July, you'll be able to try out Drop of Doom VR while experiencing the familiar ride Sasquatch. Hate spiders? Hate rides with huge drops? This, then, may not be the ride for you. This virtual reality experience gives you the sense of being attacked by enormous spiders and then you approach a 1000ft drop, first ever of its kind.

I'm not afraid of spiders, bees are the insect I stay away from, but put me in a ride where I have VR glasses on and make me feel like I'm protecting myself from spiders then drop me? That's an adrenaline rush you can't get from anywhere else. The ride is only available for a limited time so once it opens, be sure to check it out.