Our Stone Mountain Stay + Play package included two day park tickets to Stone Mountain Park. This gives access to everything but Ride the Ducks. After a leisurely breakfast at camp, we got to the park around 10:30 on Saturday and had a delightful day exploring!! It’s hard to believe this is right here in Atlanta and we’d never done it.
The SkyHike is an adventure ropes course and was the perfect difficulty for our littles. The adults did the course once and then the littles stayed on this for at least an hour! There is also a rock climbing wall in this area.
The Yogi Bear 4-D Adventure is a cute and entertaining film and a great respite from the heat. Save this one for the afternoon. This picture was right before the movie started and I said “Honey, my 3D glasses aren’t working.” He let me know I was wearing my sunglasses, not my 3Ds.
We paused for lunch at Base Camp BBQ, which was decent, but the real winners were this Tater Twist and the Funnel Cakes. Mmmmm…..
The Scenic Railroad is a 1940’s train that circles the base of the mountain. There was a nice breeze and they had some interesting facts about Stone Mountain’s early years playing on little video screens.
The Great Locomotive Chase was a favorite for the littles and adults alike. Who doesn’t love a good round of mini golf?!
We skipped the Summit Skyride because we knew we were hiking the mountain the following morning. I also regret that we had to skip the Historic Square and Farmyard that give an authentic look at daily life during the revolutionary period. I really think John would have loved to see this since he’s learning about it in school AND we are watching Gone with the Wind. But, we were tired, hot and wet so we will have to catch it next time.
In addition to the park area, there are miles and miles of gorgeous scenery. You will see loads of people jogging, walking and biking.
We headed back Saturday night for the 9:30 Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision. Honey and I had one of our first dates at the Lasershow in 1998 the night before my ZTA formal! It hasn’t changed much, but was still enjoyable. A great nod to the history of Stone Mountain and the Civil War heroes depicted on its side (Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson).
On Sunday morning, we ate breakfast and headed to the mountain walking trail. It was not easy! The terrain was completely made of rock (granite) and was extremely steep in places. Coming down was actually harder than going up. But, we made it to the top and had sweeping views of Atlanta to enjoy. On the way up, I loved reading the carvings – I always find it fascinating to think about all of those that have come before us.
If you go:
- Closed toe shoes are needed for the ropes course and Geyser Towers. Crocs would have been GREAT!
- Buy the refillable mug. It’s $9 for the first one and $5 for the second. Refills are all free on the day of purchase and then .99 for the rest of the year. There is a Coke Freestyle machine you can use for refills too.
- One day is sufficient to do it all.
- Get to the laser show about an hour early and scope out a spot near the main sidewalk on the right side when facing the mountain for easy exit. Take a picnic blanket. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. We just brought our refillable mugs and snacked on Funnel cakes :-) Bring glow sticks because your kids will beg for them.
- The hike to the top of the mountain was not easy (hard on the knees). There are also sky buckets that will take you there.
We had a lot of fun and are really looking forward to going back later this year for fall or Christmas on our second day tickets.
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED