Stone Mountain Park features a huge variety of fun family activities. It is situated on 3,200 acres of natural beauty. Stone Mountain Park’s physical address is U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087

Stone Mountain Park requires a vehicle entry fee of $8 in cash for one day parking. The parking pass fee gives you access to the Park’s numerous outdoor adventures including public picnic areas, hiking trails, children’s playground, walk-up trail and the Lasershow Spectacular. There may be other expenses once inside park. Inquire at the Stone Mountain Park information desk for more information or call them at 770-498-5690 and within the metro Atlanta, Georgia area, call 1-800-401-2407. Stone Mountain Park is 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Park attractions have their own unique schedules and may not be open on a particular day for a number of reasons that include, weather, maintenance or crowd conditions. Park attractions with a one-day all attractions pass include:

• Summit Skyride
• Scenic Railroad
• Antebellum Plantation & Farm yard
• Paddlewheel
• Riverboat
• The Great Barn
• Tree house Challenge
• All new 18-Hole Adventure Mini-Golf Course
• Georgia’s First 4D Theater

Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction. The park draws in nearly 4 million guests each year.
One of the most popular attractions is to take the Ride The Ducks™ Sightseeing Tour that travels on land and water. The operating dates and hours vary by season.

Stone Mountain Park has a staff of actors, singers and musicians that perform live shows and acts in the 1870s town of Crossroads. The town of Crossroads also features a variety of shops that hold live craft demonstrations. The park is home to world-class festivals and events.

The Yellow Daisy Festival is the Nation’s #1 Arts and Crafts Show that takes place weekend after Labor Day. The Pumpkin Festival takes place on weekends in October. Stone Mountain Christmas is in November and December. Coca-Cola® Snow Mountainsm operates November through January.

Local visitors use the Park to jog, walk and hike on over 15 miles of nature trails.

Stone Mountain Park contains Georgia’s largest campground with 441 sites that houses everything from full size RVs to tents. The summer of 2008 will open a new attraction - Big Rock Water Park™.

Where to eat and drink

• Miss Katie’s Sideboard Restaurant is home to the hand-tossed roll and the best in southern dishes. It is open daily for lunch and dinner inside a two-story, boarding house theme building, or you can eat in the cool shade on their patio. After your meal, relax in a rocking chair on their porch. Miss Katie’s Sideboard Restaurant is located in Crossroads having entrees that range in price form $7 to $12; kid’s meals are available, salads and vegetables. They accept all major credit cards and it is wheelchair accessible.
• HoneyBaked Café & Mill Creations located in Crossroads features indoor dining for lunch and dinner. They serve a variety of premium sandwiches, fresh salads and delicious soups that all feature the signature HoneyBaked Ham and Turkey. They also serve a kids menu, sweet treats and desserts. They accept all major credit cards and are wheelchair accessible.
• P.J.’s Watering Hole features an assortment of newly created specialty drinks that include Southern Nights, Rock Mountain Breeze, Peach Keen, Bug Juice, Fireworks and more.
• Colonel Adair’s Famous Southern Fried Children located at the Railroad Depot in Crossroads features indoor dining having individual dinners that range from $6 to $9. They offer a kid’s meal and it is wheelchair accessible. They accept all major credit cards.

Where to stay

In addition to campgrounds for RV’s and tents there are two Marriot Hotels inside the park which are:

• The Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort: Their Marriott Hotel Conference Center and Spa Resort is complete with amenities. They offer special packages of luxurious guest rooms with breathtaking views, an elegant spa, two championship golf courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, conference facilities, two restaurants and more.
• The Marriott Stone Mountain Inn is a 92-room historic inn centrally located within walking distance of most Stone Mountain Park attractions. It is a classic Southern inn with oversized guest rooms, a veranda, and a courtyard swimming pool. The Mountain View Restaurant within the inn serves buffet style southern cooking. The convenient location within the park helps to make your family vacation more enjoyable with easy access to park activities and attractions.

Source: Stone Mountain Park Vacation Guide

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