Best Attractions & Activities: A majestic mountain in the middle of Atlanta? You called it! With Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson carved prominently on the face of the mountain, the five-acre park offers visitors a chance to soak up local history and get in a good workout. The mountain (the world's largest piece of exposed granite)boasts numerous hiking routes demanding exploration. Those less keen on huffing and puffing can avoid the effort with a ride on the Skylift instead. The "town" at the park packs a lot of kitsch, but it's of the kid-friendly variety. Rides and amusements include mini-golf, the Sky Hike attraction (which connects miles of suspended bridges among the treetops), and a train ride aboard a 1940s-era train.
Parks: This 3200-acre park surrounds the world's largest granite mountain. Located just 16 miles east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is well worth a visit for families. The five square mile park is Georgia's most visited attraction. The mountain features Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson carved onto the front of the stone. Stone Mountain Park visitors can choose to hike up to the top of the mountain. During summer months, a laser show is projeceted onto the granite along with choreographed music. Make sure to bring a blanket to sit on while you enjoy the laser show.
Things to Do with Kids: Located just outside the city, Stone Mountain Park is a genuine family favorite. Activities include an adventure course, the Lasershow Spectacular and Journey to the Center of the Earth, a 4D Movie. The 3,200-acre park surrounds the world's largest granite monolith, and you can reach the top via foot or the Summit Skyride. This high-speed Swiss cable car provides a stunning view of the Confederate Memorial Carving, as well as the Atlanta skyline.
The Perimeter & Beyond: This 3200-acre park surrounds the world's largest granite monolith – you can walk to the top or take a chairlift both ways. A park highlight (and its telltale feature) is a carving on the sheer rock mountainside that honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Impressive laser shows are presented during summer months along with special weekend events such as chili cook-offs and ribs festivals. Entry fee is cash only.
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