Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

Part natural wonder, part amusement theme park, Stone Mountain is just a MUST visit when in Atlanta!  We spent an entire day there, and would have loved at least a little more time!  There were tons of great Christmas events and lights, but there is also a lot to do during the summer months!

Entrance to Indian Island hiking trail. 

Where to Stay

We just visited for the day, but Stone Mountain offers 3 different options for lodging, and REALLY I want to stay at each of them!!

atleg_meeting_events[1]Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort  “Surrounded by 3,200 acres of lush greenery, this AAA 4 Diamond Atlanta, GA, resort features two resort pools, two championship golf courses, a relaxing day spa and family-friendly activities”  Click HERE to visit their website.

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Located inside Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, the historic Stone Mountain Inn provides magnificent views of Stone Mountain and exceptional comfort. The setting is ideal for a quiet vacation or an important executive meeting. The Inn is a carefully preserved replica of a nineteenth century plantation.  Click HERE to visit their website.

Stone Mountain Campground offers 12 Lakeside Yurts, RV rentals, as well as RV and tent camping!

 

There are 2 large lakes at the base of Stone Mountain; Stone Mountain Lake and Venable Lake.  Boating is only allowed on Stone Mountain Lake, and with no more than a 10 hp motor.

The Park operates Ride the Ducks Tours, which take you from land into water, and back on land, with an interesting tour of the lake!  Click HERE To read more.

REI rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboards at the Boathouse.  Click HERE for more information.

Summit Skyride

The cable car operates all year, and takes you to the top of Stone Mountain, where the views are astounding!  You can walk around the summit, visit the casual dining area, and either walk or ride back down.   Click HERE for more information.

Confederate Memorial Carving

Blasted into the rock face of the mountain, the carving is the largest high-relief carving in the world.  Originally started by Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who designed Mount Rushmore, the carving measures 90 X 190 ft.!

Tube Runners

Since we visited during November, the Christmas season attractions were open!  The Tube Runner lets you fly down the snow!  Click HERE for more information!

 

The Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf 

It looked like fun, and my littlest loves mini golf, but it was closed during our visit.

Dining

There are lots of different options on where to eat, from sit down restaurants to concession foods.  The best way to get everything out of Stone Mountain is to really plan your day before hand.  We ate a late brunch in the little town of Stone Mountain, outside of the park, at the Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery.  It was delicious, and the apple bread was incredible!

For lunch, we ate at the Big Rock Cafe, inside the park.  It was your typical amusement park food.  I think we all had chicken strips.

Stone Mountain Glass Shop

I loved watching the artisans create a glass bowl right in front of us.  You can order something and they will make it, too.  Since it takes time, I would order in advance, and let them know date and time you will be there.

Skyhike and Gushing Geysers

Both of these fun adventure park type activities closed early November, so we missed them.

Stone Mountain Summit

There is a walking trail that takes you to the Summit of Stone Mountain, about a mile up!  It was an easy walk, and the view was completely worth it!

I was afraid it would be chilly, so we did this later in the day.  I wish we had started our day with the hike up the mountain, though.

There is a concession stand and souvenirs at the top.

You can ride up or back down on the Summit Skyride, but the parking lot is about a mile away, either direction.

Scenic Railroad

I love the Scenic Railroad ride around the park!  It’s a 5 mile loop, and takes about 30 minutes!  It was included in our Daily Adventure Pass ticket.

Laser Light Show and Fireworks

Stone Mountain has a HUGE Laser Light Show and fireworks nightly from April – October.

Stone Mountain Village

Located just outside the park, the cute little town has shops, galleries and restaurants.  We probably spent too much time here, but it’s really cute!  There is a hike and bike trail that you can take into the park if you are camping or staying at one of the hotels.

Know Before You Go

To see and do everything, you really need a full day.  Plan to arrive early and stay late!

View the online map, and get a map from the Main Ticket Center or Guest Services.  There is SO much to do and you’ll miss something!

 

Money Saving Momma Tips

Check the calendar for open attractions, and buy your tickets online to save money!

If you’re short on time, and just want to hike up the mountain, hike Indian Island, walk through the village or watch the laser light show, you can do all that with just a $15 parking pass.  You can pay separately for the Summit Skyride and the Scenic Railroad Train.

Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables around the park.

They have a Summer Savings Groupon.  Click HERE to go to Groupon.

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Eat

It doesn’t matter if you like hot dogs or not, the Varsity is an Atlanta institution you just HAVE to visit! Click HERE for more information.

Stay

We loved our week at the Hotel Indigo in Midtown Atlanta!  Click HERE to read more.


Stone Mountain Theme Park 

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain

Click HERE to visit their website.    


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