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Amusement Parks In Atlanta: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

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Riders holding on tight at Six Flags over Georgia. | Courtesy of Six Flags over Georgia

Amusement parks in Atlanta offer thrilling and historic experiences for the entire family. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Atlanta amusement parks.

Six Flags Over Georgia

Meet Superman, Batman and ninjas in this hero-themed park. With 11 roller coasters, Six Flags Over Georgia will make everyone in the family feel like a hero.

For Dare Devils Only

The Dare Devil Dive is the park's first "Euro-Fighter" style roller coaster. New in 2011, this thrill-packed ride rises 10 stories above the park before dropping in a vertical dive.

The Wooden Coaster

The Great American Scream Machine is a double wooden coaster that gives riders a different experience every time. For younger coaster enthusiasts, the Dahlonega Mine Train offers shorter riders excitement through an abandoned gold mine. The park also offers water rides, bumper cars and a carousel.

Sit Down Or Dine On-The-Go

Several sit-down restaurants are scattered throughout the park that serve hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads. If visitors are looking for something more exotic, try China Panda for authentic Chinese food, Las Banderas for Mexican cuisine or Primo's for Italian. Ice cream, pretzels and funnel cakes are available at kiosks throughout the park.

In The News

According to MSNBC News, a teenager was decapitated in 2008 by the Batman Roller Coaster when he scaled the six-foot retaining wall to retrieve his hat.

Address: Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA 30168
Phone: 770-948-9290
Hours: Mid March through May and August through October, the park is open on weekends only (hours vary, check the website for details). June and July, the park is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The park is closed during the winter.
Price: At the gate, adults pay $49.99 and children pay $34.99. Six Flags offers an online special for tickets. All online tickets for adults and children are $34.99

Stone Mountain Park

History, nature and fun are all wrapped up in Stone Mountain Park. Go on an adventure course, ride a duck boat or watch a laser show on the face of a mountain.

The Sky Ride

The Summit Sky Ride is a gondola ski lift to the top of the world's largest single piece of granite. The gondola takes visitors past the sculpture that commemorates the area's role in the Civil War.

Scenic Train

The Stone Mountain Scenic Train takes visitors on a five-mile trip around Stone Mountain. After climbing the ropes trail and the hiking trail, take a break and watch a movie at the 4-D movie theater. Check out the on-site plantation and discover a little Georgia history at Memorial Hall.

Dining Options

With 12 restaurants and food kiosks, Stone Mountain offers everything from sit-down meals and buffets to fast food.

In The News

According to the Elk Tribune, a man fell while climbing across a waterfall in 2008. It was the first fatality since the park opened in 1983.

Address: Stone Mountain Park, PO Box 778, Stone Mountain Park, GA 30086
Phone: 770-498-5690 or 800-401-2407
Hours: In June and July the park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. August through November, the park is open Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. In December, the park opens for Snow Mountain daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: A one-day pass is $27 for adults and $21 for children age three to 11

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