Stone Mountain Park Background:
Fifteen miles from Atlanta, 3200-acre Stone Mountain Park is Georgia's number-one tourist draw: it combines natural attractions (woods, lakes, and the famous "stone mountain") plus man-made amusements such as sky ride, scenic railroad, old-fashioned town, and a laser light show.
About that Stone Mountain: it's the largest outcropping of exposed granite in the world, and part of it's carved with the world's largest sculpture, a gigantic Confederate Memorial. Read more about Stone Mountain and its history.
Stone Mountain Park Features:
Stone Mountain Park is open year-round. Attractions include:
- Crossroads, an 1870's replica of a Southern town, where families can meet characters in period dress who work the old trades
- Mountaintop Skylift, with an 825' climb, panoramic view
- "Scarlett O'Hara" riverboat
- play zones: Treehouse Challenge; 1870's "Great Barn" with four floors of rope nets, mazes, slides, etc.
- waterslides including the Mountain Screamer
- Scenic Railroad
- Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard
- golf course and tennis center
Lodgings at Stone Mountain Park:
The Stone Mountain Inn, managed by Marriott, is located in the center of the Park, and is billed as a "carefully preserved replica of a nineteenth century plantation". Check for Family Packages that include attraction passes at Stone Mountain Park.
Families can also stay at the family-friendly Evergreen Marriott Resort at Stone Mountain Park, which likewise often has family packages that include Park attractions.
Keep in mind about Stone Mountain Park:
Be sure to check recent visitors' comments at a site like TripAdvisor.com, for comments about meals, charges within the park, etc. Many visitors comment about crowds and line-ups, during popular times for family visits.
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