A few weeks ago our family got the opportunity to spend the day at Georgia’s most popular tourist attraction- Stone Mountain. Although I grew up in Atlanta and visited as a child- I had no idea how much my kids (and husband) would love it! Not to date myself, but A LOT changed since I was younger!
Of course the main attraction- Stone Mountain- is exactly the same. However, as I type this I have to wonder what it will look like 20 years from now? Without stepping into the political arena, I will say (for those who may not know)- Stone Mountain features an impressive carving of 3 Confederate Soldiers on their horses. The Confederate Memorial featuring Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis is the largest high relief statue in the world. The carving surface measures 3-acres, making it even larger than Mount Rushmore!
Regardless of your thoughts on the carving- or its fate- Stone Mountain has SO much more to offer. In fact, despite spending an entire day there- we left wishing for more time. There are tons of awesome family friendly activities!
Here are a few things I recommend:
- Enjoy the View From 1,686 Above Sea Level: There are two main ways to access the top of Stone Mountain. One way is to hike. This involves about a 1 mile trek to the top. The trail is considered moderate in difficulty and hikers are advised to use extreme caution when wet as the surface gets very slippery. Non-hikers have the option of taking the Summit Skyride, a high-speed Swiss Cable Car- to the top. Either way, the view from the top is stunning. On a clear day guests can see up to 60 miles!
- Picnic Lunch: With over 15 miles of hiking trails, a gorgeous lake, and tons of covered areas- everyone can find a perfect place to enjoy lunch. There are two different areas with picnic tables, and public grills. In addition, there are a wide variety of dining options throughout the park.
- Duck Boat Tour: This exciting, hour long tour takes place in a converted 1940’s era army DUKW. During your adventure you’ll journey from road to water- all in the same vehicle. Besides being informative about the history of Stone Mountain, it was SO much fun. My kids particularly enjoyed taking a turn at the wheel!
- Lasershow and Fireworks: They describe this incredible visual display best on their own website. “The Lasershow feature lights, iconic music, lasers, epic fireworks, and jaw-dropping fire effects. Three flame cannons add a punch to the show by sending a trio of flames nearly one-hundred feet into the air.” This is absolutely something you NEED to experience at least once in your life!
- Scenic Railroad: Take a 30 minute train ride around the park. You will be treated to a great video with narrative about the history of the area, as well as awesome views. The cars are open air so you really feel like you’re up close with the park. Plus, who doesn’t love a train ride?
These 5 things are just a small sample of the incredible attractions at Stone Mountain. If you visit during the summer (or warmer months), I recommend brining a change of clothes for your children and letting them experience the Geyser Towers. This water playground is full of suspension bridges, net tunnels and even a toddler splash area!
Guests can purchase annual memberships, single day passes or even just pay per attraction. I highly recommend visiting their website prior to your visit so you can decide what option makes the most sense for your family.
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*Mom With A Map’s visit to Stone Mountain was sponsored. However, all of the content and opinions of this post are our own.*