10 Places to Get Soaked
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.
Where: 250 Cobb Pkwy N., Marietta. 770-948-9290. sixflags.com/whitewater
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.
Where: 7000 Holiday Rd., Lake Lanier Islands. 770-932-7218. lakelanierislands.com/lanierworld
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.
Where: 1320 Monroe Dr., NE, Atlanta. 404-875-7275. piedmontpark.org
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.
Where: 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. 1-800-225-5292. callawaygardens.com
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.
Where: 1815 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 678-297-6107. willspark.com/html/swimming.html.
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.
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.
Where: 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. crpa.net
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.
Where: 9000 Fouts Rd., Roswell. 707-591-6134. roswellgov.com, go to “Recreation and Parks”
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.
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.
Where: 770 Deckner Ave. SW, Atlanta; 404-756-1859. beltline.org/parks/perkerson-park