At this 3,200-acre state park you'll find the largest exposed granite outcropping on Earth. The Confederate Memorial, on the north face of the 825-foot-high mountain, is the world's largest sculpture, measuring 90 feet by 190 feet. There are several ways to see the sculpture, including a cable car that lifts you to the mountaintop and a steam locomotive that chugs around the mountain's base. Summer nights are capped with the Lasershow Spectacular, an outdoor light
display set to music and projected onto the side of Stone Mountain—attendance is a rite of passage for new Atlantans. A recent $4 million renovation included the addition of Mountainvision (3D effects without the glasses) to the show. There's also a wildlife preserve, an antebellum plantation, a swimming beach, two golf courses, a campground, a hotel, a resort, several restaurants, and two Civil War museums. Crossroads, an entertainment complex with an 1870s-Southern-town theme, offers costumed interpreters and a movie theater. The Sky Hike is a family-friendly ropes course at 12 feet, 24 feet, or 40 feet high.
U.S. 78E, Stone Mountain Pkwy., Exit 8, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 30087, United States
Apr 2, 2009
A huge, multifaceted park located about 16 miles outside Atlanta. There's plenty to see and do; plan to spend the day -- it's a little touristy, but worth it. The antebellum plantation is excellent and informative. The gigantic carving on the mountain's side is very impressive, great to view up close on a cable car jaunt (great view of Atlanta skyline from the summit). The train ride around the mountain is also of interest, as is the museum (has Civil
War artifacts and info about the sculpture). Reachable via public transport (MARTA, then a bus), but note that the walk from where the bus leaves you off to the attractions is very lengthy.
May 16, 2006
This is great for a weekend getaway. Something for everyone & don't dare miss the 4d Theater.
Jun 26, 2004
Fun for adults....extreme fun for the kids. It is a little pricey but well worth the money. You can spend an entire day and still not do everything the park has to offer. With kids, don't miss Crossroads. So many fun activities are to be had indoor and out. The 4D movie is lots of fun too. If you are staying for the laser show then stake a place on the lawn early. A memorable family adventure!