Just as certain as the sun rises every morning, Atlanta gets excruciatingly hot every summer. When the heat and humidity rise, families in the know head out to one of Atlanta’s favorite attractions to cool down on a scorching summer day. The top five spots to spend a hot and sunny summer day with your family in Atlanta promise the perfect solution to steamy summers in Atlanta.
LanierWorld Water Park at Lake Lanier
7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy.
Buford, GA 30518
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There’s no better place to cool down on a sunny day than LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Resort, located just 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. Major improvements have been made in time for the 2012 season. The Beach and Boardwalk areas have been expanded, plus there are more carnival rides, a brand new blow-up obstacle course and a new floating stage. The obstacle course is a flotilla of fun that invites kids to jump, bounce, slide and climb safely for an exhausting day of fun. Plus, every Friday night is Family Fun Night.
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250 Cobb Pkwy. North
Marietta, GA 30062
Price: $37.99 for adults and kids 48 inches and taller/$26.99 for children shorter than 48 inches/free for kids 2 and younger
For the ultimate cool down on a hot summer day, White Water is the choice for thrill seekers and families in Atlanta. With more than 50 attractions and slides, White Water is the South’s largest water park. It’s also home to one of the world’s tallest free-falling slides, plus dozens of other rides. The Travel Channel even named White Water a top 10 water park in the country. From thrill rides like the turbulent Tornado and 90-foot freefalling Cliffhanger to family rides and rides for the younger set, there’s something for everyone at White Water, located just 40 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta.
Bethesda Park Aquatic Center
225 Bethesda Church Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
When the temperatures soar in Atlanta, many families load up the mini van and head to one of the city’s best public pools. Bethesda Park Aquatic Center is one of the biggest, boasting a huge pool with beach entry, a giant water slide that enters and exits the building, a flowing river channel, hydrotherapy benches, play structures, a vortex, ceiling spray, water basketball and volleyball. Bogan Park, Collins Hill, West Gwinnett and Rhodes Jordan offer similar attractions and activities if you can’t make it to Bethesda.
Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Price: $28 adventure pass for adults and kids age 12 and older/$22 for children 3 to 11/free for children 2 and younger/$155 family value pass
Stone Mountain Park is one of Atlanta’s biggest and best attractions. In 2012, there’s one more reason to visit. Geyser Towers just opened and it’s a great pit stop to cool off on a hot summer day. It’s ideal for families and kids of all ages because Geyser Falls offers a trickling creek for toddlers, and suspended rope bridges and tunnels for older children. Geyser Towers is free with a one-day Adventure Pass that also includes entrance into Skyhike, 4-D Theater, the scenic railroad, mini golf, Antebellum Plantation, the great barn and the museum. Be sure to look out for sporadic eruptions and multiple offshoots, or you’ll walk away soaked whether you planned it or not.
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Centennial Olympic Park
285 International Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Atlanta’s Centennial Park, which was constructed as a central gathering place for the 1996 Summer Olympics, is centrally located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, making it the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. The public park hosts millions of visitors each year and is located within walking distance of the CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. A key feature of the park is the Fountain of Rings, which displays a computer-controlled light and water show. There’s also a water play area for kids that includes 251 jets that shoot water from 12 to 35 feet into the air. Billowing flags of countries that have hosted the Summer Olympics surround the area, and there are benches and steps for parents to sit on while they watch their children play in the water.
Jackie Kass is a freelance writer from Atlanta with more than twenty years of writing experience. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.