Fall is here! The leaves are turning, the morning air is cool and crisp, sweaters are being worn and everything is pumpkin spice. Okay, that may be exaggerated (except for the pumpkin spice part). If you live in Georgia, then you know all too well that this is far from the truth. We are still breaking out the sandals and shorts with temperatures rising to the upper 80’s! Yes, this is NOT the North. We will get there but right now it still seems like Summer is here. But if you’re ready for some Fall fun then Stone Mountain Park has you covered! Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival has begun and you can enjoy all the fun of Stone Mountain during the day and with their new addition to the Pumpkin Festival, you can Glow By Night.
I received tickets to facilitate a review. As always, my opinions are my own
5 Reason’s To Visit Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
This was our first year attending the Pumpkin Festival. Going during the day allows you to experience all the same fun activities that Stone Mountain Park offers during their regular season in addition to some fall fun. But at night the park is transformed into a magical glowing story straight out of a Mother Goose book.
1) Perfect For Families
Stone Mountain Park is in general the perfect place for family fun. For the Fall activities that happen at night, they can become too much for children. All the the events that are happening during Stone Mountain Park’s new addition to their annual Pumpkin Festival, Glow-By-Night are extremely family friendly, especially for our smallest of the family members. You can sit with Mother Goose and hear her tell a tale or party it up with the Mad Hatter with a black light dance party. There is something for the whole family for sure.
2) Stone Mountain’s Regular Attractions
I was under the impression that Stone Mountain’s outdoor attractions shut down after Labor Day. I was totally wrong! You can still experience all that traditional attractions that Stone Mountain offers. They didn’t lie when they said you can play by day. SkyHike, Geyser Tower, the 4D movie, and Summit Skyride will keep you busy during the day before all the fun at night. But if your kids aren’t up for the task to staying up late, no worries. The Pumpkin Festival Glow by Night festivities are during the day too.
3) Pumpkins, Pumpkins and Pumpkins
So if you’re going to Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival then you’re probably eager to see the obvious. Pumpkins. Pumpkins are displayed throughout the park showcasing some of Mother Goose’s favorite stories and many decorated with Halloween sayings and funny or scary faces.
With all the inspiration around Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival, it’s clear why they have pumpkins there that you can decorate too! Head to the pumpkin patch to choose the one you want and get your creative juices flowing. Keep in mind that this activity is an extra charge.
4) Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
It’s Fall of 2018 and one thing is for sure happening during the Fall months. Pumpkin spice. Stone Mountain Park didn’t disappoint in the least with the pumpkin spice! Grab yourself a cup of iced or hot pumpkin spiced coffee from Starbucks or cool off with a pumpkin spice ice cream. If you really want to get your taste buds moving, try one of their pumpkin flavored funnel cake, of which you can top with pecans and caramel (insert drool). Let’s just say, if you like pumpkin spice then you’re sure to find something at Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival.
5) Glow by Night
I think the most notable activity that Stone Mountain Park is putting on this year is Glow by Night. After you play all day (if you get tired, just grab an iced or hot pumpkin spiced coffee), stay after dusk and see Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival illuminated.
There is an array of fun to be had for the family. From the flashlight tour of Dinosaur Explore, Little Red’s Railroad Adventure train and leaving the night with a Spookley’s Dance-A-Long Party Parade. Don’t forget to come in costume to join in all the fun (well, technically you’ll still have fun and can join in, but dressing up always makes things more festive, am I right?).
Our favorite part was watching the pie eating contest. I tried to get my son up there but he wasn’t having it. That didn’t stop us from laughing, it was quite hilarious. My son enjoyed the flashlight tour as well, it made it more fun to walk thru in the dark of Dinosaur Explore.
Don’t forget to stay after the parade and see the mountain illuminated with lasers and fireworks. Ending your night with a laser show is always a great way to end a day at Stone Mountain Park.
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival is a great way to spend a Fall day (and night!). You can have all the fun you want every Friday-Sunday NOW until October 28th. I’d recommend purchasing an annual membership pass. It’s well worth the money and if you live here in the Atlanta area it’s a great way to spend a weekend, but with all their yearly events, you’ll likely use the pass more than you’ll realize.
Pro Tip: You can periodically get a deal for Stone Mountain Park on Groupon
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