Hey you! Yes, I’m talking to you! You spend way too much time indoors. When was the last time you saw a tree? Walked on the grass? Touched a flower? My point exactly. Lucky for you, I have just the cure. Spend a day at the Stone Mountain park! Or if you can’t make your way over to Stone Mountain Park then at least open the window while you’re reading this…
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Whether you’re soaring to the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride to inhale the phenomenal view of Atlanta or trekking through the treetops on Sky Hike, Stone Mountain will is sure to provide you with your daily punch of Vitamin D (aka, sunshine). When you’re back on the ground, head over to the 4-D Theater for a comedic movie (this is the only indoor activity I give you permission to do).
Experience Geyser Towers, every kids (and adults) dream playground, complete with rope bridges, net tunnels, and a towering platform overlooking a gushing geyser. Soon enough, the kids will have to wait by the entrance holding the purses while the adults race through the enormous tower.
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End the day right by settling into a cozy spot (finally, you get to sit down!) in front of the mountain (the world’s largest piece of exposed granite) to watch the Laser show Spectacular, a show filled with state-of-the-art digital graphics and fun loving music to go along with it.
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Tickets to the North Pole can be quite expensive during wintertime, so visit Stone Mountain Park to get a little preview of Santa’s workshop at the “Wander through Wonderland” festival. Climb aboard The Polar Express 4-D Experience to watch a classic Christmas movie (not Home Alone, guess again).
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Breathe in the sights, smells and sounds of the season during the Christmas Parade, filled with floats and the arrival of Santa Claus (even he likes it here more than up at the freezing North Pole). Stone Mountain was also voted by USA Today as one of the top 10 places in the country to catch Santa Claus. Watch a live show about the true meaning of Christmas (kids will enjoy, adults will laugh at it) and gather around the Gingerbread House and listen to Mrs. Claus tell heartwarming stories.
The best part? They hand out hot chocolate all night long (in exchange for money).
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Now I know what you’re thinking: “Who are those great looking men carved onto the mountain?” The answer is President Jefferson Davis, General Robert Lee and Thomas Jackson. Obviously.
Stone Mountain Park is also Georgia’s #1 attraction and famous for its historical events. In 1790, George Washington had a friendly meeting at the park with the Creek Indians to try to negotiate a peace treaty with them. You know, before he forced them to evacuate Georgia.
In the 1800’s, it was very popular for young men to take their dates on horseback from Decatur to the mountain to watch the sunset. (Really? I can’t even get a guy to hold a door open for me and these girls are getting horseback rides?) Stone Mountain was also the setting for the 1915 revival of the Ku Klux Klan and the site of annual Klan rallies until 1981.
Also, Stone Mountain was mentioned in Martin Luther King Jrs. I have a dream speech, if that does anything for you.