Waterparks on the Cheap

The Beach at Clayton County International Park

A thrill ride on a water slide this summer doesn’t have to be a family budget-buster.

For as little as $3 to $4 per person, families can zip down slides at these waterparks, float a lazy river or perhaps turn the water cannon on an unsuspecting sibling.

BEAT THE HEAT OUTDOORS

The Beach at Clayton County International Park

Why Go: The colorful and immense “adventure kiddie pool,” with fountains, towers, “water shooters” and more offer something for the big kids, too. The beach action includes big slides and even a water trampoline.
Where: 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. 770-477-3766; claytonparks.com
Cost: Ages 13 and older, $11; kids 3-12, $9; ages 2 and younger, free. Bonus: One price gains access to both the beach with lake for swimming and the water park area. See website for special and holiday pricing.

Cumming Aquatic Center

Cumming Aquatic Center

Why Go: Enjoy two slides, a lazy river and a play structure for children.
Where: 201 Aquatic Cir., Cumming; 770-781-1781; cummingaquaticcenter.com
Cost:  Adults, $5; ages 2-17, $4; ages 1 and younger; free.

Cherokee Aquatic Center

Why Go: 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.
Where: 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Holly Springs; 678-880-4760; crpa.net
Cost: Adults, $6; ages 2-13, $5; younger than 2, free.

Browns Mill Family Aquatic Center

Why Go: It’s a water amusement park featuring slides and sprayers to keep the children happy and smiling.  
Where: 4929 Browns Mill Rd., Lithonia. 770-323-4179. co.dekalb.ga.us; search “Aquatics”
Cost: Adults, $12; ages 17 and younger, $10.

Collins Hill Aquatic Center

Why Go: Outdoor attraction has zero-depth pool entry, interactive water features, slides, squirty things and more; plus, there’s a toddler pool and lazy river.
Where: 2200 Collins Hill Rd., Lawrenceville. 770-237-5647. gwinnettparks.com; search “Aquatics”
Cost: Adults, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; ages 3 and younger, $6.25.

The Water Park at Wild Horse Creek Park

Why Go: New in Powder Springs, the activity pool is 4 feet in depth and has an in-water seating area and two basketball back boards; also, spray and fountain play areas and two water slides connected to a leisure river.
Where: 3820 Macedonia Dr., Powder Springs; 770-528-4036; cobbcounty.org, go to “Aquatics”
Cost: Adults, $4.50; ages 2-17, $3.50.

Malibu Grand Prix Norcross

Why Go: Buccaneer Cove has a super-sized water play area that’s five levels high with slippery slides, wet tunnels, spray loops and a huge splash bucket; features a two-lane open slide and both lanes start at the first level for a big thrill for kiddies under 36 inches.
Where: 5400 Brook Hollow Pkwy., Norcross; 770-416-7630; malibunorcross.com
Cost: All day unlimited access pass, $9.99.

South Cobb Aquatic Center

TAKE IT INSIDE

Bethesda Park Aquatic Center

Why Go: A giant waterslide that curves out of the building and then re-enters before dropping you into the pool, a cool lazy river, zero-depth entry into the leisure pool and dunking buckets.
Where: 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville. 678-277-0880. gwinnettparks.com, search “Aquatics”
Cost: Adults, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; ages 3 and younger, $6.25.

Bogan Aquatic Center

Why Go: Indoor leisure pool with beach entry, giant waterslide and water play structures.
Where: 2723 North Bogan Rd., Buford; 678-277-0853; gwinnettparks.com, search “Aquatics”
Cost: Adult, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; ages 3 and younger, $6.25.

South Cobb Aquatic Center

Why Go: Splash down the huge enclosed spiraling slide, slip through the yellow tube slide and into the water, and enjoy a “lazy river” float.
Where: 875 Six Flags Dr., Austell; 770-739-3180; cobbcounty.org, go to “Aquatics”
Cost: Adults, $4.50; ages 2-17, $3.50.

Six Flags White Water

SUMMER SPLURGE

LanierWorld

Why Go: Find Georgia’s largest wave pool at Lake Lanier Islands’ beach and waterpark. Splash-happy tots adore “Kiddie Lagoon” and thrill seekers soar down the brand new four-lane slide for a race; a wide variety of slides for all ages.
Where: 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford; 770-932-7218; lakelanierislands.com/lanierworld
Cost: Adults, $39.99; kids under 42 inches, $27.99; ages 2 and younger, free. Parking, $10.

Six Flags White Water

Why Go: The largest water park in the South boasts some 50 attractions, including the Dive Bomber featuring a five-story drop down an enclosed slide, the “Atlanta Ocean” wave pool and “Little Squirts Island” for younger kids.
Where: 250 Cobb Pkwy. N, Marietta; 770-948-9290; sixflags.com/whitewater
Cost: Adults, $41.99; kids under 48 inches $36.99; ages 2 and younger, free. Parking, $15.

– Hayley Markowitz


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