10 Places to Get Soaked

For kids and families who love water play, the Memorial Day weekend signifies the opening of a new summer season. Across the metro area, public pools are opening and outdoor play zones at aquatic centers are ready for action. Also, four Atlanta City parks are turning on their spraygrounds. Here are 10 great places to get soaked this weekend – and beyond. Don’t miss our June issue, out next week, with 32 places to find water fun.

White Water

The largest water park in the South boasts some 50 attractions, including the 90-foot free-fall Cliffhanger slide, the “Atlanta Ocean” wave pool and “Little Squirts Island” for younger kids.
Hours: Opens May 25; Open daily for the season, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; starting July 29, closing time will be 6 p.m. daily through Aug. 11, then the park will be open weekends only through Sept. 2.
Where: 250 Cobb Pkwy N., Marietta. 770-948-9290. sixflags.com/whitewater
Cost: Adults, $39.99; kids under 48’’ $29.99; 2 and younger, free. Parking: $15/day


Find Georgia’s largest wave pool at Lake Lanier Islands’ beach and water park. Splash-happy tots adore “Kiddie Lagoon” and thrill seekers soar down giant water slides; there are a wide variety of slides to suit various ages. Once inside LanierWorld, also experience Big Beach, the “Fun Dunker,” a ferris wheel and more.
Hours: Opens 10 a.m. daily. check website for closing times on specific days. 
Where: 7000 Holiday Rd., Lake Lanier Islands. 770-932-7218. lakelanierislands.com/lanierworld
Cost: Adults, $34.99; kids under 42 inches, $19.99; 2 and younger, free. Parking, $10

Piedmont Park Aquatic Center and Legacy Fountain

The large, kid-friendly outdoor pool is surrounded by fun fountains and a current channel for lazy floating.  While visiting the park, stroll to the Legacy Fountain for a quick splash. The new fountain features more than 70 jets that can reach up to 30 feet in the air and an outrageous lighting feature capable of more than 1 million configurations.
Hours: Opens May 26; Aquatic Center, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Legacy Fountain, opens May 24, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Where: 1320 Monroe Dr., NE, Atlanta. 404-875-7275. piedmontpark.org
Cost: Aquatic Center, adults, $4; ages 6-16, $2; ages 5 and younger, $1; Legacy Fountain, free

Robin Lake Beach, Callaway Gardens

Splash in the lake, play mini golf, gaze upon critters flitting about the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, watch the FSU Flying High Circus, or just relax in the sand and head into the water. Robin Lake Beach has it all! For $10 extra, kids (and adults) can jump around Aqua Island – a floating playground with obstacles sure to put them into the lake; ages 3-6 must have adult supervision.
Hours: Opens May 24; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Where: 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. 1-800-225-5292. callawaygardens.com
Cost: Adults, $18; ages 6-12, $9; age 5 and younger, free. Aqua Island, $10. (Some other special events have separate pricing.)

Splash Zone at Wills Park

This city pool just got more exciting. With a giant whale, dumping pelican and a water tunnel, the new Splash Zone at Wills Park offers kids 2,000 square feet of wet summertime fun.
Hours: May 25-August 11: Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. & 7:30-9 p.m.; Sat., 10a.m.-8 p.m.;  Sun., noon-8 p.m. August 12-September 2: Sat. & Sun., noon-6p.m. Open Independence Day and Labor Day noon-9p.m.
Where: 1815 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 678-297-6107. willspark.com/html/swimming.html.
Cost: Adults, $3; ages 50 and older, $1; ages 3 and younger, free

Historic Fourth Ward Park and Spraygrounds

Prepare to leave with soaking-wet kids because this free splash pad has jets that stream water from all directions.  There’s even a top-notch skate park for older kids at this new, 17-acre inner-city oasis.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Where: 680 Dallas St., Atlanta. 404-590-7275. beltline.org/parks/historic-fourth-ward-park

Cherokee Aquatic Center

This brand-new -center in Holly Springs is just waiting for kids to jump in and get wet! Climb the steps all the way to the top of the two wild water slides and zip down into the outdoor fun pool featuring a playground with water cannons, a zero-depth entry area, geysers, deck sprays, a current channel, and basketball hoops.
Hours: Opens May 23; open daily for the season, but hours vary.
Where: 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. crpa.net
Cost: Adults, $6; ages 2-13, $5; younger than 2, free

Spray Station at East Roswell Park

This sprayground offers lots of fun and extravagant features for kids and toddlers to splash around in for hours. 
Hours: Opens May 25; Mon-Tues. & Thu.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.; closed Wed.
Where: 9000 Fouts Rd., Roswell. 707-591-6134. roswellgov.com, go to “Recreation and Parks”
Cost: $1

D.H. Stanton Park and Splash ‘N Play

This free splash pad is the first solar-powered park in the city. Kids love the spray jets, stationary water cannons and structures to hide behind.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Where: 1052 Martin Street SE, Atlanta. 404-756-1859. beltline.org/parks/d-h-stanton

Perkerson Park Splash Pad

Just one year old, this free water zone features spectacular fountains for great water fun. Park offers great tennis and basketball courts, too.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m daily
Where: 770 Deckner Ave. SW, Atlanta; 404-756-1859. beltline.org/parks/perkerson-park