Our Trip to Medieval Times – Tips and Reviews

Our oldest just turned 10, so we decided we wanted to do something special together as a family to celebrate.  We decided to go to Medieval Times in Lawrenceville.  It was great!  The entire family (including my 3 year old) was entranced the entire show with the horses, knights, and sword-fighting!

I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the set-up, but for those of you who aren’t, let me share.  The idea behind Medieval Times is that you are observing a challenge and contest between six knights each known by their color.  The entire audience is divided into groups by these colors, and you cheer your knight as he participates in contests, jousting, and sword-fighting.  While all this is going on, you are eating your supper which is served at long tables surrounding the arena.

We had never been to any Medieval Times tournament before, and I found several things that I wish I had known ahead of time.

  •  The Medieval Times in Lawrenceville is located in Sugar Mills Mall.

I expected a stand-alone castle, but this one is located in a mall.  The entrance is inside the mall, so don’t bother parking in front of the castle.  The line to wait for and order tickets is all inside, and there were two greeters waiting at the Castle Entrance inside to answer any questions.

  • You do not need to arrive an hour early.

When you look online, they recommend getting to the show an hour early.  We were running late, and did not get in line to get our tickets until 4:30 (our show was at 5:00).  The line moved very quickly, and we were inside before the doors opened.  There are several doors to enter into the arena, but there are plenty of people to guide you – just ask.  If you do get there ahead of time, you can look at souvenirs and such, but there is plenty of time to do that after the show.

  • You can ask for a fork.

The food was delicious.  You start with tomato soup and a piece of toasted bread.  The main course is chicken on a bone, corn on the cob, potato log, and roll.  For dessert, coffee and apple fritter.  They assume you are going to use your hands for this – as they did back in Medieval Times; however, you can ask for a fork.  Our waitress said that she could  travel back in time to obtain one for our friend who asked for one.

  • Be prepared to clap and cheer.

My husband made the statement toward the end of the show, “I have never clapped and cheered so much in my life for something that doesn’t really matter.”  It just made me laugh!  We really had a great time, cheering for our knight (who lost by the way), encouraging him, and booing the “enemy.”  It really is a great activity for the whole family.

  • The Dungeon is not for kids.

Medieval Times has a Dungeon that you can pay $2 to go and see torture devices from that time period.  I didn’t do this with them, but my husband and kids did.  I thought this would be a great history lesson for them, but it was too much.  My husband said that it was pretty horrifying with some graphic pictures to go along with the devices.  Now, I do have to say that this was totally our fault.  My oldest son said that there was a small sign (4×6) at the door to the Dungeon that said it was scary for kids – my husband nor I saw it.  So, I am just passing along a warning to you – I can’t blame Medieval Times for any of it.  :)

All in all, we had a great time.  It’s also a fun activity to take a group, and they do offer group rates.  Also, they offer special deals quite often, so be sure to check out their website before you go.


My family did receive four free tickets in exchange for this review; however, everything written is entirely my opinion.



Dauset Trails

Located just thirty minutes north of Macon, Dauset Trails offers a day of outdoor fun and learning.  They have animals, hiking and biking trails,  a picnic area, and best of all, it’s FREE!!  Here are some of the activities and areas they offer year-round.

  • Animal Trail:  The Animal Trail features  animals that have been wounded or orphaned and cannot be released into the wild.    You can see coyote, black bear, river otter, bison, and many, many others.  You can see a complete list on the Animal Trail link.

  • Wonder Room:  In the Wonder Room, you can see fish, snakes, turtles, and alligators.
  • Farm Animals:  At this 19th century style farm, you can see goats, cows, chickens, and a donkey.
  • Hike and Bike:  Dauset Trails offers over 17 miles of hiking and biking trails for all skill levels.
  • Horse Trails:  You can bring your own horse and ride ten miles of horse trails.
  • Woodland Garden:  You can stroll the garden and see many types of flowers and trees, do a Pleasure Hunt, and check out the Children’s Garden.
  • Picnic Area:  Here you will find picnic tables, grills, and restroom facilities.

Another nice feature of Dauset Trails is that it is very shady which makes it the perfect outing during the summer.  We took the boys a few years back when they were 4 and 2 years old, and I found it to be very relaxing.  The boys enjoyed seeing the animals, being outdoors, and just exploring somewhere new.  It’s a small enough place that we were able to see everything without everyone getting tired out.  Of course, we didn’t do the hiking or biking, but that does offer a whole new adventure when we return.

I hope you will take advantage of this “Day Trip” and just enjoy spending time together.

Dauset Trails Information


  • Monday – Friday:  9:00 – 5:00
  • Saturday:  9:00 – 7:00
  • Sunday:  12:00 – 5:00


Dauset Trails Nature Center
360 Mt. Vernon Church Road
Jackson, GA 30233     
(770) 775-6798
(Special thanks to Kristine for the info and to Darren for the pictures)


LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Atlanta

We recently visited LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta and had a great time.   All of the boys loved it (including daddy) and had fun building race cars, riding Merlin’s Apprentice, and climbing in the Fire Academy.  After reading some reviews online, we expected to be there no more than 2 hours.  Well, after 5 hours, we just had to say that it was time to go.   Here are a few highlights of our trip.

We started out in the Lego Factory where we learned how LEGOS are made, what our weight and height was in LEGOS, and at the end, everyone received a Duplo LEGO for a souvenir.

Next was Kingdom Quest, a short ride where you battle it out against evil soldiers with your own “gun”.   We were able to ride this twice because there was no one waiting in line.  The boys really enjoyed it and tried really hard every time to beat Daddy’s score.  They didn’t succeed, but they had fun trying.   I enjoyed it because we were all able to ride it together, and it was fun watching the boys.  As an aside, this is a “dark” ride and if your child scares easily, either avoid it or make sure they sit next to you so they can hide their eyes.  It didn’t bother any of our boys – 6, 4, and almost 2. [Read more…]

Go Fish Education Center

Have you gotten your free pass (good for 6 people to go free) to the GoFish Education Center in  Perry?  My mom got one for us from her library, and we all went this past weekend.  Before I begin telling you about our day, I did want to say that checking out the pass is Super Easy.  Mom just went to the library and “checked out” the pass for seven days.   The librarian told her that if she didn’t use it within that time period, she could check it out again just like a book.  Oh, and her library still has passes for the Zoo and State Parks, so you might want to check that out the next time you go to your library if you are interested.

Anyway, back to our day…the GoFish Center has three main parts – the main building, outdoor exhibit, and fishing pond. The main building has some  interactive activities – fishing, shooting, and boating which everyone really enjoyed.  They also have a hatchery (you can see a few of these fish), and they have some educational exhibits about fishing, boating, and environmental protection.  (My mom and dad really enjoyed these.)  There were other exhibits, but I will move on.

My mom and N enjoying "fishing."

Around the building there is an outdoor exhibit featuring fish (over 80 species) from all over Georgia.  We all enjoyed this, and the boys enjoyed seeing the fish up-close.

Behind the building there is a stocked catch-and-release pond.  We spent an hour looking through the indoor and outdoor exhibits and then spent three hours fishing.  They have fishing poles you can borrow and hot dogs for bait.  The boys each caught three fish, and I think they may have caught the same fish a few times.  They absolutely LOVED it.  And if you are leary about taking a fish off a hook (I am), there are volunteers who offer to take it off for you.  Do keep in mind – if you are 16 or over and want to fish – you have to have a fishing license.

J and N waiting for some fish to bite.

Got one!

Would we return?  Absolutely.  The boys had a great time, and it was nice to be able to relax and just enjoy being together.  It was also nice to see my hubby and my dad taking time with the boys, patiently showing them the best way to catch a fish, and then seeing the complete delight when they finally did.  Family time really is great!

They are open from 9:00 – 5:00 on Friday and Saturday and from 1:00 – 5:00 on Sunday.   Normal admission is $5 (adults) and $3 (children).

Go Fish Education Center
1255 Perry Parkway
Perry, Georgia 31069

Stone Mountain Park Schedule of Events for 2015

Stone Mountain has something to offer for all ages.  If you want active play, they have The Sky Hike and The Great Barn.  If you want a more leisurely day, they have the Antebellum Plantation and Journey 2:  The Mysterious Island.   They also have opened a new adventure, Geyser Towers, which offers “multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels to connect you to towering platforms that overlook the gushing geyser.”  Definitely plenty of activities to fill up a day.

Permanent Attractions

These are permanent attractions at Stone Mountain; however, this does not mean that they are open every day.  Click here to see what is open on the day you are planning to visit.

Festivals & Events

Outdoors & Recreation


*This information will change throughout the year.

Stone Mountain Information

U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(770) 498.5690 or (800) 401.2407
Driving Directions