I don’t normally play in snow but when I do, I prefer Snow Mountain. True Story.
Thank you so much to Stone Mountain Park for inviting us to a day of fun in the snow and exploring their awesome park earlier this month. Stone Mountain Park (SMP) is located in Stone Mountain, Georgia, about a 7 hour drive from Orlando. It was an easy drive, well at least that’s what my hubby informed me. The kids held up well with snacks, sandwiches and iPads, and all was calm in the world.
We had the best time and I absolutely can not rave enough about taking the drive up there. It was better than I had anticipated and absolutely look forward to what Summer at SMP has in store for us. Admission into SMP is $56 for an Annual Pass ($44 for 3+) and $99 for an Annual Plus Pass which includes Snow Mountain and more. Visiting this park more than once a year (even with a 7 hour drive) is easy to do with all their seasonal fun, activities, hiking trails and parks. The beautiful mountain view (photo prop – as I like to call it) is worth it alone. My camera happy people know what I’m talking about. The Great Barn indoor playground in the winter is a “ball” of fun and the Camp Highland Outpost and Geyser Towers, makes me want to come back this summer so my boys could enjoy them since they were closed. The train ride around SMP was a nice cozy break from the cold and informative for our future hiking plans. We also waited for the enclosed car and it was worth it! Brrrr…
Of course, being Floridians, our highlight was Snow Mountain. My 3 “snow” balls of energy were in Alaska heaven. We threw snowballs at Targets, tubed down mountains, solo and as a family. I was pretty excited about that. All 5 of us, including my 3 year old were able to enjoy tubing together, that was really special and fun. Even though my littlest one would give a little scream of horror on the way down, he would also yell a scream of delight at the bottom… My brave boy! The boys built igloos and just played in real snow and I’m not talking about the kind you buy at the mall, people! Not bad for driving 7 hours north from Sunny 80 degree weather. Everyone gets a 2 hour time slot which I love because it keeps the lines short and the area not as crowded. With 3 kids under 8, we really didn’t need more time than that. We chose a later time slot as well, so after our fun in the snow we went right back to our hotel, changed and got warm and cozy. I recommend bringing a change of clothes and shoes if you plan on staying in the park after Snow Mountain if you want to catch the parade and maybe dinner!
Another highlight, was taking the Skyride to the top of Stone Mountain. The view was amazing and when we got to the top I totally felt as if I had just landed on the moon! It was so great! I told the boys to act like they just conquered the moon in this pic and of course I got, “Whats conquered?”… sigh, lol. I took so many pics up at the top and next time we go, we plan on hiking up there as a a family.
Our plans are to return this summer and I would definitely say this a must do road trip for all my Orlando families, locals and anyone near and around Georgia. Oh, and the next few days we spent exploring Atlanta, which is only a 30-minute drive away! Visit http://www.stonemountainpark.com for more info and dates. Good news! Snow Mountain has been extended to 2/23 due to popular demand! Go… now… just go! 🙂
Sidenote: If you’re coming from Orlando a fun stop was the Plantation House Gas Station. We had fun admiring their vintage pumps and yummy store goodies!
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