Stone Mountain, located in Atlanta, is the perfect all-day family adventure. It is featured in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and also in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See Before You Die”. Stone Mountain offers a variety of fun things to do for all ages. There is also a nice picnic area for everyone to enjoy. Visit Stone Mountain to find out why they are Georgia’s most visited attraction.
Stone Mountain is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Crystal Mountain was the original name given to the site in 1567. In 1822, Baptist minister Adiel Sherwood came up with the name Stone Mountain. Sherwood was also one of the founders of Mercer College. The carving in the mountain started in 1909 and was overseen by various people through the years. It was considered finished in 1972.
The top attraction at the park is The Summit Skyride. The high-speed Swiss cable car takes visitors over 825 feet above the ground. From the top of the mountain, you will experience the most amazing views in Atlanta and be able to see up to 60 miles away. The views are absolutely amazing but this attraction is definitely not for those with a fear of heights.
All aboard! Ride the full size locomotive from the 1940s to enjoy a five-mile journey around the mountain. This train with open-air cars is a fun way to see the mountain. You will also learn some history from the first trains at the mountain from the mid-1800s. Kids and adults alike enjoy this attraction.
Make sure to stay for the laser show held nightly on the lawn. Hundreds of people camp out on the lawns to see this amazing show. The show combines lasers with surround sound and special effects to put on the most amazing laser show I’ve ever seen. The show is 40 minutes long and perfectly choreographed to the music. There are special shows during certain times of the year to honor our troops.
The Antebellum Plantation is a collection of original buildings from all around Georgia. The houses were built between 1783 and 1875. Each of these houses were moved to Stone Mountain and restored to its former beauty. The decorations inside the houses also reflect the lifestyle of the South in the 18th and 19th century. Here you can also see demonstrators cooking old school Southern style.
The Farmyard is also located with the Antebellum Plantation houses. Kids will enjoy personally interacting with the animals and learning about them from their trainers. Here you will also learn the importance of livestock in earlier times. Don’t miss the Leaping Livestock show where trained goats and sheep complete an obstacle course.
There are many annual events and so much more to do. My favorite is the Christmas celebrations they have. My children love going to it every year.
The park is open daily at 10AM. Admission prices are $26 for adults and $21 for children ages 3-11. This may seem like a lot to pay, but this includes all of the many attractions within the park. Check out their website for more information: http://www.stonemountainpark.com/