Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Stone Mountain Park Unveils 10 New Summer Adventures Offering Fun and Value During “Summer at the Rock”

New Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure Stars at Stone Mountain Park

Summer at the Rock Dates/Times: May 23 – Sept. 7; 10a.m. – 8p.m.
Location: Crossroads® at the base of Stone Mountain
Prices: Adventure Pass- $26 Adults/$21 children 3-11 (tax not included)
Marriott Family Escape Package beginning at $169 (tax not included)
Family Value Pass- 4 one-day Adventure Passes, 4 meals $109 (tax not included),exclusively online

This summer, families will find adventure close to home at Stone Mountain Park’s Summer at the Rock beginning May 23. Georgia’s most visited attraction has something for everyone- and fun options to fit any budget.

Parents and kids can join Brendan Fraser on a voyage to another world where dinosaurs lurk around the corner in the all-new Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure. Guests of all ages can also explore the treetops on Sky Hike, the nation’s largest adventure course.

“Because it’s a tough time in our economy, keeping kids entertained on a budget will pose an extra challenge this summer,” said Gerald Rakestraw, vice president and general manager of Stone Mountain Park. “We have a solution as Stone Mountain Park’s Family Value Pass offers families convenience and value as guests save 20 percent on four one-day tickets and four meals. It’s a hassle-free solution for a stay and play summer outing.”

In addition to the Family Value Pass, Stone Mountain Park also provides families great overnight options with two Marriott hotels and the largest campground in Georgia. Families can enjoy a quiet getaway with two swimming pools, spacious rooms, fantastic views and resort amenities at a great value. Family Escape Packages begin at $169 includes park tickets good for two days. Package details are available at stonemountainpark.com.

The Summer at the Rock roster also includes two new, interactive shows. Kids become part of the action in Big Thinkers Science Exploration and Wonders of Nature from June 6 to August 2. In addition, Stone Mountain Park offers family-friendly celebrations throughout the summer:

May 23-25 Memorial Day Salute to the Troops Weekend
June 17-20 Altlanta Fest, the South’s premier Christian music festival
July 3-5 42nd Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration
September 5-7 Labor Day Weekend

10 New Summer Adventures at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park offers one adventure after another with the traditional attractions such as the Sky Ride, Scenic Railroad, Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard, Memorial Hall and Museum, Ride the Ducks, Adventure Golf and The Great Barn. In addition to these attractions, Summer at the Rock offers 10 new adventures for families to enjoy.

1. Guests can engage all the senses in the all-new Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure. Excitement is guaranteed in this condensed version of the popular film as the film’s explorers are plunged into a strange world beneath the Earth’s surface. Fish with razor-sharp teeth and dinosaurs will also be along for the ride.

2. Young and the young at heart can trek through the treetops on the nation’s largest adventure course, Sky Hike. SkyHikers select from a 12 ft. trail for beginners, a 24 ft. trail for the courageous or the 40 ft. trail for the true daredevil. With more than a quarter of a mile course, no two hikes are the same.

3. Families can feed a crowd at Stone Mountain Park’s new Marketplace. This open air-style market provides lots of fresh meal and snack choices. For a lighter course, pick from deli sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola or one of the many baked goods. Heartier meal options include pizza, hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches or chicken strips. Ice cream or freshly made fudge round out the offering

4. Families can leave the Lasershow picnic baskets behind without worrying. The all-new Marketplace has everything they need to enjoy a meal on the lawn. From full-sized potato chips and dip to an assortment of candy, all groups can enjoy your meal under the stars in one of Marketplace’s reusable picnic bags. Forgot the blanket too? No worries, Marketplace has a variety of blankets from which to choose.

5. For families who love camping but dislike the work it takes to set up a camp site, then Stone Mountain Park Family Campground has the perfect solution. Ready, Set, Camp! offers a camping adventure without the hassle. Families simply drive up to their campsite to find a four-person tent, four sleeping pads and lantern already set-up in anticipation of their arrival.

6. For the best deal on a close-to-home getaway, families can check out the Marriott Evergreen Resort. Here, guests can savor nature as the resort is surrounded with lush trees and a sparkling lake. Family Escape Packages offer savings and relaxation.

7. Parents can teach kids about being “green” at Crossroads. At Stone Mountain Park’s new eco store, the Green Scene, kids can learn how to recycle, plant and make bird feeders.

8. Nature lovers are in for a treat at the all-new Wonders of Nature show located in the Dogwood Theatre. Up-close encounters with flying squirrels, birds and snakes will have audiences squirming in their seats. Additionally, the all-new Big Thinkers Science Exploration Show unravels the mystery of electricity and air. Two rotating shows, “It’s Electric” and “Air Up There” can be seen at the Magnolia Theatre.

9. Families can experience “Our Music is Georgia Music” at the Memorial Hall and Museum May 30 through August 2. Organized by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of Georgia’s musical landscape and highlights various artifacts such as rare Otis Redding concert posters, a Little Richard costume and vintage instruments by Savannah-based Gretsch Guitars.

10. Families can stay the evening and celebrate Georgia during the famed Lasershow Spectacular™. An all-new tribute to Georgia musicians includes an array of artists such as Otis Redding, Little Richard, Indigo Girls, Outkast, REM, Allman Brothers, The B52’s and James Brown.

Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See,” Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit 8 on Hwy. 78. For more information visit www.stonemountainpark.com.
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