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License to Chill Snow Island

November 16, 2018 - February 24, 2019

We moved to Georgia from Chicago about four years ago, and though we love so many things about Georgia (the weather included), we miss the snow. And we miss sledding, snowmen and snowball fights.

So we were psyched to try out License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. My children (ages 13, 9 and 4), along with their two grandmas and I, braved a chilly, yet sunny day to get our snow fix.

Parrot Mountain, a super-fast tubing hill, was a huge hit with my older children. (My youngest was too short; riders must be at least 42 inches tall.)

We dragged snow tubes up a walkway to the top of the hill and raced each other to the bottom. Nearing the end of the hill was especially fast, and took our breath away.

Fun for Younger Kids: While the older two were snow tubing, my 4-year-old made snow angels and snowballs in the snow play area, and she had a blast playing with toys in the snow and stomping around. Kids and families also can build snow forts and snowmen and stage snowball fights.

All three kids enjoyed ice skating – another activity we don’t try very often. Even the youngest strapped on ice skates and wobbled around the rink, with the help of a skate trainer.

After all the winter activities, the kids hopped around the carnival rides, and ended the day roasting s’mores at a fire pit. It felt a lot like the winters we remember fondly in Chicago – without the bitter temperatures.

–Kristy MacKaben

Snow tubing hill, winter-themed carnival rides, an ice skating rink, a fire pit with s’mores and photos with Santa. See website for full schedule. Feb. hours: Fri. 5-9 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $24.99 and up.

From the November 2018 issue: 

A flurry of fun is coming to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands this winter! License to Chill Snow Island debuts Nov. 16, and features one of the fastest snow tubing hills in North America. Snow play areas will be set up around the park and will even include snowball targets. Don’t miss new winter- themed carnival rides, an ice skating rink, a fire pit with s’mores, specialty winter drinks at LandShark Landing and photos with Santa under the Fin Dunker. Nov. 16-Feb. 24. Magical Nights of Lights also returns for the 26th year with colorful lights and decorations, this year with a Margaritaville twist.

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November 16, 2018
February 24


Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy.
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