Selected as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2010, 2011, 2012 AND 2013, it’s the premier St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. All the fun is taking place at Rock City, a roadside attraction on Lookout Mountain in Georgia. During the celebration, you’ll enjoy live Irish music, Irish Jig lessons, Irish food, great specialty beer and green wine, costume characters and fun for the entire family. Even the High Falls will be flowing green during this annual celebration.
You can visit Shamrock City for two full weekends. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 8 and 9 and March 15 and 16, 2014. The park is open until 6 o’clock. It’s $22.95 to attend the event for adults and $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12. But enough about that, let’s talk about the event.
There are several new activities coming this year to Shamrock City. You can visit Rocky’s House in 2014, which sits along the Enchanted Trail just before the magical Fairyland Caverns. Take a photo with Rocky the Elf from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. then move on to the Shamrock Quest in Rock City. This new addition features a Rock Quest guide, mining/discovery rock collections, and a free rock climb on the 25-foot climbing wall. After taking part in Shamrock Quest, take advantage of the Leprechaun photo opportunities with musicians, entertainers and costumed characters. There will also be Balloon Creations at this year’s event, along with an Interactive Mime Performance by Jerry Bowman.
Additional activities for the kids include a Lucky Shamrock Treasure Map Adventure, Panning for Gold and other Magical Goodies, Kiss the Blarney Stone Climbing Wall Adventures, Lucky Makeovers Face Painting, Paint your Own Blarney Stone, Lucky Lollipops and Make your Own Lucky Candy Necklaces. Now for the adults…
Specialty beer will be available that’s brewed locally by Big River Grille and Green Shamrock Wine from the Georgia Winery will also be featured. You’ll get a souvenir pilsner or pint glass with a free first beer and discounted re-fills coupon. Of course, you have to try the delicious Irish food that will include Mulligan Stew, corned beef and cabbage, reubens and green kettle corn. Click here for the full schedule!
Finally, it’s important to note that you can help a good cause while you are having fun. Rock City will be partnering with the Chattanooga District of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for Shamrock City and their Shamrocks for Dystrophy fundraiser. You can purchase a Shamrock for Dystrophy throughout the park between March 1st and the end of the event. The cost is $1 for a green shamrock and $5 for a gold. Funds raised during the campaign will go toward MDA research, therapy, summer camp and more.
As you make your plans to visit Shamrock City, you may want to learn more about Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast. It was built in 1927, now combining the ambiance of yesteryear with the comfort and amenities of today. The interior has been completely renovated while the Mountain stone exterior remains. The 17 English Cottage style guest rooms are nestled around a courtyard and swimming pool. Family owned and operated, The Chanticleer Inn serves a full homemade breakfast each morning. Even better, the Inn is located directly across the street from Rock City Gardens, making it the perfect place to rest your head after a long day at Shamrock City.
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