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My kids are always begging to see snow this time of year. Living in Florida we don’t get to experience the four seasons. We’re lucky to not have freezing cold snow and ice in the winter, but it’s something my kids want to experience and something I treasure from my childhood in Colorado. My husband’s co-workers suggested Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain, Georgia as an alternative for our kids to have fun in the snow. I honestly had my doubts as a Colorado girl, but I decided to give it a shot and we headed up to Atlanta for four days of family fun.
It was supposed to be a six-hour drive from Tampa to Atlanta that turned into nine hours of car riding fun thanks to rain and accidents. Lulu was screaming and crying, while Gracie and CC begged to get out of the car. This was our first real road trip. Nine hours with five us trapped in one car was not a pleasant experience, but the thought of snow kept the kids motivated to get to our destination.
Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain
Minutes from downtown Atlanta, Snow Mountain is the official destination for snow-packed family fun.
My kids couldn’t contain their excitement! The whole drive there they chanted Snow Mountain, Snow Mountain! I never thought the idea of seeing snow could be so exciting.
The day we went it was unseasonably warm, but that was fine by me. When you purchase the Stone Mountain Christmas Combo Pass you are given a two-hour allotted time to ride the tubing adventures of Snow Mountain. Lulu was too little to go on the big adventures of the 400-foot hill in the family sized and single rider tubes, but she was thrilled to play in the snow and ride the mini rides for little ones.
The snow was slippery and she took a few tumbles as did Gracie and Cayden. Because it is man-made snow, it is a bit more icy in texture. You will definitely want to bring a change of shoes and socks for everyone. Your feet will be soaked and frozen by the end of your adventure. All three kids changed their pants after their time in the snow and Lulu had a completely new outfit to put on. She was wet from rolling around on Snow Mountain. All three enjoyed their time sloshing around in the snow and rushing down the hills in their tubs.
After our time was up at Snow Mountain we changed out of our wet gear and headed up Stone Mountain. There are two options for getting to the top of the mountain: You can either take the hike up which is a little over one mile or ride the gondola to the top. We took the gondola because we had the diaper bag and no way to really carry Lulu up to the top.
The moment we made it to the top and my kids stepped foot onto the hard ground of the mountain they were off and running. It was like herded animals let out of the fence for the first time. I love being outside! Growing up in Colorado I spent as much time as possible in the great outdoors. It’s one of the things I really miss living in Florida. I love hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and all of natures wonderful activities.
Every kid on the mountain was running and climbing and jumping and enjoying being free. It was rewarding to see. We all need to take a moment and enjoy the great outdoors. It’s good for our bodies and nourishing for our souls. I loved seeing all of the kids breathing in fresh air and not having their faces buried in their electronics. Gracie and CC begged me to take them to Colorado and it’s on our to- do list. I want to take the kids to Hawaii and hike the volcanos and surf in the ocean one day.
We had a great time at Stone Mountain. It helped my family get in touch with nature and we had a great time making memories.