After our delicious lunch at Campfire Grill, David and I headed over to the Wildlife Wonders’ Animal Babies show. From a baby otter to a kangaroo, animal experts immerse guests in an educational and interactive animal encounter! We really enjoyed the show, and David was so excited to get to touch the animals.
We learned many cool facts about the baby animals showcased, and got to touch them all, except for the baby otter. She has very sharp, strong teeth, so no touching allowed!
David was ready to run around and have some fun so next up we headed over to the Sky Hike & Camp Highland Outpost. The line for Sky Hike (one of the nation's largest family adventure courses) was a little long so we checked out the kid-friendly Camp Highland Outpost. The low ropes course, three line bridges, and zip line were perfect for my 9 year old! He had a blast!!
Geyser Towers was the perfect end to our time in the Crossroads Section of Stone Mountain Park. It was getting awfully warm by this time and David was ready to cool down. The rope bridges and various platforms are so much for hot kiddos to play on, and they are surprised by sporadic "eruptions" of water that cool them off and fill the air with screams of delight! (Note: Kids must have close toed shoes on to play at Geyser Towers.) We like to end our day at Geyser Towers so David can go straight to the car and change into dry clothes!
As we were leaving, we decided on an impulse to visit the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard, located right off the road we take to exit Stone Mountain. I have been visiting Stone Mountain since I was a kid, and I don't know that I've ever taken the time to visit the Plantation. I am so thrilled we took the time to do so this visit! We've been missing out on a hidden gem at SMP.
You enter this part of the park through a general store. If you purchased an Adventure Pass for all of the fun over at Crossroads, then you may also explore the Plantation area with no additional charge. If not, you can purchase a pass just for the Plantation. You get to take a self guided tour through a collection of original buildings from Georgia, built between 1783 and 1875. All were moved to SMP, carefully restored and furnished with period furniture and accessories. The plantation homes are beautiful. I think I should have lived during the Antebellum era - this speaks to my heart! The homes and their furnishings were just lovely.
The slave cabins, cookhouse and doctor's cabin were very interesting to see and read about. The gardens are lovely. We enjoyed ducking under the shady canopy of a huge magnolia tree - it was so much cooler under the shade!
We also ducked into the barnyard for a visit. I quickly found out that there is one young goat who really, really likes pink - whether shirt, bag, shoes - he will find you if you have pink on! He had half my shirt in his mouth before I even realized it, lol! So don't wear pink! :) Keep an eye out for this one:
Disclaimer: I was provided free passes to SMP in order to review the shows and attractions for the blog. No other compensation was received and as always, all opinion are my own!