By Marlena Turner

The key to surviving Atlanta’s sweltering heat during the summer months lies in finding refuge. Without a close beach in proximity, refuge is found in the many water parks around the city of Atlanta. Staying cool can be fun in Atlanta. Tube down the Chattahoochee, surf a wave Tsunami slide, or float in the stillness of a crystal blue pool while trying to stay cool in Hotlanta. In no particular order, here are the best water parks in Atlanta.

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LanierWorld Water Park
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 945-8787

Probably one of the more popular water park destinations, LanierWorld Water Park offers the complete family-fun summer experience. Located on the 1,500 acre resort on Lake Lanier, LanierWorld is loaded with entertainment and fun. Experience Georgia’s largest wave pool, tube down their raging river, or challenge an opponent to a race to finish on their double down slide. If you’re bring the little ones, they’ll also love Buckies Foam Parties. Adult or child above 42 inches ticket prices are $41.99, senior tickets $30.99, and children under 2 are free. Grab your friends and family, pack a lunch, and enjoy the full water park experience at LanierWorld water park.

Seven Springs Water Park
3820 Macedonia Road
Powder Springs 30127
(770) 528-4035

Seven Springs water park is the perfect way to beat the summer heat in Atlanta. It’s a smaller water park, but it offers the essential amenities that any one will find acceptable. Locals enjoy their 2 water slides, outdoor pool, tubing down their lazy river, and their children splash pad area. Visitors can also indulge their food cravings at their food and concession stand on site. Admission fees for Cobb County residents are $3.50 for kids between the ages of 2 and 17, $4.50 for adults, and $2.12 for seniors, Non-Cobb residents fees are $7 for children between the ages of 2 and 17, $9 for adults, and $4.24 for seniors.

Helen Tubing & Water Park
222 Edelweiss Strasse
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878-7465

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All you need is $5 to enjoy the longest lazy river tubing experience of your life, with your pooch in tow if you want to as well. Helen Tubing & Water Park offers a duel experience for all attendees to either tube down the Chattahoochee river for 2 to 3 hours, or go sliding down one of their many water slides at the water park. Tube all day or enter the park and do both as any ticket purchased gives you access to unlimited tubing. Keep in mind, no outside foods are allowed at the park, but all attendees are welcome to leave and comeback to enjoy more fun at the park. Regular admission to the park is $20, children under 42 inches tall $20, and children under 2 are free. Tubing only is $5 and they also offer group passes at $18 per person for 25 or more people.

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High Falls Water Park
High Falls Road
Jackson, GA
(478) 994-1717

High Falls Water Park is a fun for all park with no ride restrictions on height for the little ones. They have 2 slides, a family pools, a slash pad for the kids, and plenty of room to lounge about as you enjoy the summer breeze under a cool shade. Guests can bring their own food and drink, but they also have their own concession stand on premises. Open 7 days a week, you can spend every day of the week enjoying your summer at High Falls Water Park. Admission price for adults are $12, children under 2 are free, seniors $9, and military $9. They also offer group rate prices for $9 per person for a group of 25 or more and season passes.

Slash In the Boro Water Park
1388 State Route 24
Statesboro, GA 30461
(912) 489-3000

There’s nothing more exciting than a 5-lane racing slide. Slash in the Boro is a water park with so much to offer. At their aquatics center, they have extensive programs lead by trained professionals teaching swim lessons, diving lessons, and more. At their park, featured attractions include lazy river, shred a wave a like a pro surfer with their flow rider wave slide, go head-to-head against competition in their 5-lane, 45 ft high Mat Racer slide, and more. Admission for anyone over 48 inches $18.99, seniors $8, and children under 2 are free. Come early, as lines can get quite long. They are open 7 days a week during the summer and offer discounted pricing after 4 pm on Sunday – Wednesday, and Friday.

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