Things to Do in Atlanta with Family at Stone Mountain Park

Parents’ biggest headache today is children’s overwhelming desire for more and more screen time. If you’re ready for your kids to put the devices down and to start making some amazing memories as a family, Stone Mountain Park is ready for you. Family-friendly attractions, countless recreational activities, and several onsite lodging options make for a visit filled with nothing but fun!

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Atlanta with family at Stone Mountain Park.

Walk Up the Mountain

Open from dawn till dusk, the walking trail to the top of the mountain is one of Park’s most popular activities, and for good reason! Once you trek to the top and reach 1,686 feet above sea level, you’ll take in incredible views of the city, reaching as far as 60 miles on a clear day. Every member of the family will be awestruck by the landscape, as it is truly a sight to be seen. The hike is vigorous but doable by most family members, and for those that can’t hike, the Summit Skyride offers a quick way up the mountain so the whole family can enjoy the views together.

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Family-Friendly Attractions

Adventure awaits at Stone Mountain Park with our high-energy entertainment and thrilling attractions. Soar 825 feet high to the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride, or discover the prehistoric past with Dinosaur Explore. Be sure to leap to new heights with the adventurous SkyHike, or take a ride on the ever-popular Scenic Railroad, a 1940s full-size locomotive that takes you around the mountain in open-air train cars! Don’t miss out on all the perks of a One-Day Attractions Pass and various add-ons for the most family fun possible!

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Music Across America Drone & Light Show

This all-new Drone & Light Show, displayed on the world’s largest screen, is the perfect activity for families to lay out a blanket on the lawn and marvel at the skies. Iconic music, epic fireworks, flame cannons, vivid lights and lasers, and 250 color-changing drones make for an incredible night to remember.

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Fishing on Stone Mountain Lake

Nothing says family memories like fishing together! When you need fun things to do in Atlanta with family at Stone Mountain Park, fishing at Stone Mountain should certainly sit atop that list! Launch your boat at the private boat ramp near the Evergreen Pavilion, and then cast your line on the Park’s 323-acre lake. Fishing is permitted during daylight hours, and the lake is full of bass, carp, crappie, catfish, and bream. All you need to fish at Stone Mountain is a daily or annual parking pass and a valid Georgia Fishing license!

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Hiking Trails

Get all of the kids’ energy out by strolling around on one of the seven hiking and walking trails. With varying difficulty levels and different lengths, there are 15 miles of hiking trails in all across the Park, from a three-quarter-mile Nature Garden Trail to the 5-mile Cherokee Trail that encircles the entire mountain. The whole family is sure to enjoy the hike, and you might even get to see some local wildlife! Be sure to check the terrain, distance, and our hiking packing list recommendations before heading out.

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Completely disconnect from the hustle and bustle when you go camping at Stone Mountain Park. We have a variety of camping experiences available, including traditional camping in tents, RV rentals and camping sites, yurt rentals for “glamping,” and safari tents for a middle ground in between roughing it and not. Either way you camp, you’re bound to make memories that your family will cherish forever, and you’ll get more time to enjoy all that Stone Mountain Park has to offer.

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Plan your picnic at the Park at one of our two picnic spots. The Studdard Picnic Area is the largest public picnic area within the Park with around 200 tables and several public grills. The Triangle Picnic Area is closer to the Crossroads area of the Park, giving you quick access to so many fun things to do in Atlanta with family at Stone Mountain Park. Surrounded by lush greenery, these picnic areas are a hidden gem for a family meal. Tables and grills are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Triangle Picnic Area  |  Studdard Picnic Area

Historical and Environmental Education Center

You and your kids will love to learn about the geology and ecology of Stone Mountain. Stop by the 5,400 square feet of interactive exhibit space, located at the bottom of the walk-up trail, to watch films and see real artifacts on display. You can learn about how the carving on Stone Mountain came to be, the origin of the mountain itself, and so much more!

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Mountain Membership

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