Stone Mountain Park – Tips for your family visit

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Saturday morning we loaded up our van and headed out early to Stone Mountain Park to kick off Memorial Day weekend with a whole day of family fun!  We started out at SkyHike and Camp Highland Outpost for the ropes courses, played some mini-golf, climbed up the mountain, rode the SkyRide down, watched the new 4D movie, checked out Geyser Towers, and ended up on the lawn for a picnic, live music, and of course the lasershow and fireworks.  Whew!  It was a busy day for sure!  Check out some of our tips for ways to make the most of your family trip to Stone Mountain Park!

Tips for your trip to Stone Mountain Park this weekend:

1.  Get there early to have plenty of time to do all of the cool activities included with the Adventure Passes.  Rushing around is no fun for little ones (or for parents) so make sure you grab a schedule and plan out all the stuff you want to do as soon as you arrive.  Be sure to use the shuttle if you want to get around the park, so you don’t lose your parking space and the little ones don’t get too tired from all the walking!

Adventure Passes get you unlimited access to all of Stone Mountain Park’s attractions, including the new Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience, Geyser Towers®, Sky Hike®, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, Camp Highland Outpost, Scenic Railroad, the Great Barn, the Summit Skyride, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard and more.  You will literally have an entire day of fun activities to do!

2.  Allow at least an hour for SkyHike, it’s a lot of fun but it takes a bit to do all three levels!  Camp Highland Outpost is much faster, so while we were waiting on the older ones to finish SkyHike, Nikoletta and I played in the water area set up for splashing.

3.  Bring water shoes for Geyser Towers, as closed-toe shoes are required.  If you happen to forget them, you can always buy a pair at the park.  We picked ours up from Big Lots for $5.00 each.

4.  Bring a towel and change of clothes for Geyser Towers, because your kids will get completely soaked!  You can get in there and play too with your kids, so don’t forget clothes for yourself, and a waterproof phone case so you can get some great pictures!

5.  Bring water bottles (and a way to carry them) for your climb up the mountain, there is a place to buy drinks at the top, but you’ll want a drink before then, trust me!  I always bring our tie bags for carrying bottles, they are perfect for the kiddos.

6.  Fly kites on the top of the mountain!  It’s the perfect place to do it, and you can get a cheap kite from the dollar store.  The kids played with theirs for about 30 minutes and then gave their kites away for other children to enjoy.

6.  Bring a lunch for enjoying on the lawn or at one of the picnic areas around the park.  We grabbed ours from the HoneyBaked Ham located right outside the park.  The have sliced ham and turkey for sandwiches, and a bunch of different picnic sides to choose from.  They even gave us all the disposables we needed, the less work I have to do, the happier I am, lol!  If you would rather get food at the park, don’t worry, there are lots of places to choose from.

Be sure to stay for the lasershow, and the awesome fireworks after the show too.  We actually thought the fireworks were over twice, because they were so big and amazing and we were sure it was the grand finale, and then they would start up again!  It’s definitely worth it to stick around until the end, trust me you won’t regret it!

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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