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.

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

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.

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.

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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