Atlanta is known for its hot summer weather and this summer will be no exception. If your kids are like mine, they are begging to keep cool at the pool, or even in the sprinklers in the front yard, but if you’re looking for a different kind of water play…check out some of these awesome spray grounds, splash pads & fountains in and around the Atlanta area!
2020 Update: As of May 26, 2020 playgrounds, splash pads and swimming pools at Georgia state parks and most county parks remain closed. As large crowds go against CDC recommendations and the current Executive Order, most non-park splash pads are also closed right now.
They’re great for kids of all ages. And yes, even mom and dad can join in the fun!
The interactive red, white and blue colored splash pad was inspired by the WaterWorks aqua parks on Carnival Cruise Line ships, probably because Splash Island was funded in part by Carnival Cruise Line. Fee. Adams Park – 1620 Delowe Dr SW, Atlanta
When my children were young, they loved the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s and the ‘flower shower’ as they liked to call it. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens recently debuted a new children’s garden and an expanded splash pad. Free with admission. Atlanta Botanical Gardens
This amazingly fun and beautiful splash park and interactive fountain is part of the City of Suwanee’s sprawling 10 acre Town Center Park. It features 43 jets that shoot up to 1,400 gallons of recycled water a minute up into the air, much to the delight of your kids! Bring your bikes and dry off after all that fun along the looping paved pathways and then picnic on the lush green lawns surrounding the fountains. This is truly an all day kid pleaser. Free. Suwanee Town Center Park
Kids will love playing in a water tunnel and hurdling over in-ground spray jets at this Atlanta splash pad at Center Hill Park. Free. 2305 Lee Hollowell Pkwy, Atlanta
This one is also a pool, but the structure looks so much like a water park, I had to include it. See what Stress Free Baby has to say about the Cherokee County Aquatic Center. Fee. Cherokee County Aquatic Center – 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy, Holly Springs
This awesome park was finished in 2011 and offers a great playground and splash pad. A commissioned work of public art by famed artist, Robert Witherspoon provides visual appeal and there is a large pavilion for parties. Free. D.H. Stanton Park – 1052 Martin St. SE, Atlanta
Marietta is home to the newest sprayground in the area. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am – 8pm. Daily admission for the sprayground is $2 for City Residents and $3 for Non-Residents and there is no cost to use the playground. Season passes are also available. 370 Montgomery St NE, Marietta
The centerpiece of Downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Park, the Olympic rings come to life 4 times a day providing lots of musical, watery fun for you and your family. Plan a trip to some of downtown’s other amazing attractions and end your day here, cooling off and enjoying the show! Free. Centennial Olympic Park
With so much do to at this park, you’re sure to have some memories to last a life-time. Both the park and splash pad are in close proximity to each other and offer hours of fun. Tons of jets and splashing water come at you from all directions, cooling your kids off even on the hottest of summer days. When kids get tired of splashing, take a 10-minute walk to watch the skateboarders at the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park located along the BeltLine Eastside Trail. (There is a small playground next to the skate park and a field to play in as well.) Free. Historic Fourth Ward Park – 680 Dallas Street, Atlanta
If you live up in the Gainesville area, this park is for you! This great spray pad is perfect for the dog-days of summer here in North Georgia. Pack a lunch and watch your kiddos scream with delight as they dance and jump in the jets and streaming water. $2 Fee. Laurel Park –3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Check out this park’s amazing waterfall and fountain! Watch your kiddos indulge in summertime fun and make memories at this park’s fantastic splash pad. This park also boasts sand volleyball courts and nature trails, so plan to spend some great family time here. Free. Lillian Webb Park – 5 College Street , Norcross
Hampton residents are free, with Henry County residents paying a nominal fee and all others paying a bit more. The splash pad has special times for children under 2. When the kids get tired of swimming, head to playground, or watch the kids at the skate park. Fee. 10 Central Ave., Hampton
This Blairsville gem includes hiking trails, disc golf, a dog park, a skateboard park and more. It’s also a great place for a picnic! There is a pool and a splash ground for cooling off. Yes, it’s outside of Atlanta….but such a fun place that it’s worth mentioning here.
Part of a 39 acre park, this spray-pad offers tons of wet fun for your kids. It’s bright and colorful and sure to help your kids beat that heat. Bring your other mom friends and enjoy the park too, with walking trails and dry playground. Pavilions available for picnicking too! Fee. Old Atlanta Park – 810 Nichols Road, Suwanee
Nestling within Perkerson Park’s 50 acres of fun, lies their Splash Pad. This is a great place to come cool off in the Summer. Open May 1 –October 1. Perkerson Park also offers Disc Golf, which would be a great way to dry off after playing in all that water! Free. Perkerson Park – 770 Deckner Ave SW, Atlanta
If you have children of multiple ages, this splash pad is for you. Your older kids can swim and play in the large in-ground pool while your younger ones can enjoy the multiple water jets and fun at the adjacent splash pad. Fee. Sewell Pool & Splash Pad – 2085 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
There are lots of big kid slides at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, but they also have lots of fun for the little ones too. Go during school hours and you should have the place virtually to yourself. Included in Six Flags Over Georgia Admission. Six Flags Over Georgia -275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell
Watch your kiddos cool off at this awesome new (in 2018) splash park in Sugar Hill! Nearby shaded picnic tables make it a great place to cool off for parents too. Free. 5039 W Broad St, behind City Hall, Sugar Hill
One of 2 awesome spray-pads in the City of Roswell, Splash ‘n Play at Riverside Park, offers tons of wet and wild afternoon fun for your littles. Indulge in some treats from the onsite concession stand and beat the sun under a pavilion. Fee. Riverside Park – 575 Riverside Road, Roswell
There’s so much to do at Stone Mountain Park you could stay here all day and night, or at least until naptime. Geyser Towers is a splash pad, as well as a climbing structure. Perfect to wear the kids out. Included in Admission to Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain Park – Crossroads Section,1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain
The kids are sure to enjoy this 3,200 square foot Splash Pad featuring fountain sprayers, ground geysers, jet streams, and multiple sea silhouettes offered at Swift Cantrell Park. Fee. Swift Cantrell Park -3130 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw
The kids will love climbing on the Pirate Ship and driving the cars all while keeping cool at White Water’s Buccaneer Bay (formerly Wiggles World). Fee. Six Flags White Water Buccaneer Bay – 250 Cobb Pkwy N #100, Marietta
Located in Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Park, Legacy Fountain boasts over 70 jets, shooting 30 feet in the air, LED lighting and gorgeous views of the wetlands and green spaces. This is definitely an ideal day trip, with tons of activities and things to see for you and your kids. Enjoy playground and restroom, the aquatic center, wetlands and even fishing. Check the regulations as adults require a fishing license. Free. Piedmont Park
Part of a much larger park, including a dog park, playgrounds and sports complex, the Spray Station at East Roswell Park can be included in an all-day, action-packed day of adventure and fun for every person in your family! Like its sister spray-pad, concession stands and pavilions are available for your convenience. Fee. East Roswell Park – 9000 Fouts Road; Roswell
In the mood for that small-town feel with unique shops and entertainment, along with fun for the kiddos? Well, Duluth Main Street is for you! Relax and watch your kids squeal with delight in the Fountain at Town Green in downtown Duluth. Open in the summer months, this fountain is sure to please. Bring a picnic and listen to the free entertainment in the amphitheater. Free. Town Green Fountain at Duluth Main Street 3167 Main Street, Duluth
Village Park at North Henry is located in the city of Stockbridge, and features interactive water features. You can also enjoy paved trails, a playground and two sports fields. It’s a great place for a family picnic. Free. 750 Fairview Rd, Stockbridge
Located just outside the main entrance to the 2nd largest mall in the Southeast, the Fountain at Village Pavilion is a great place for your child to unwind after shopping with you. While not huge, it still offers a ton of fun on a hot day and the bonus is you get to bribe your kids with fun in the fountain after you indulge in some retail therapy! Free. Village Pavilion at the Mall of Georgia
Part of Cline Park, Waleska Splash Pad is an ideal summer hang out spot for those looking to chill out with your kids. Tons of jets and cascading water await you and your family. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the walking trails and other playgrounds that surround the splash pad. Fee. Cline Park – 704 Bartow Street, Waleska
This Alpharetta City pool opened in 2018, and is ready for new visitors! Features here include a leisure pool with zero-depth entry, interactive play stations, open play area, class space, and water slide…and so much more! Fee. 1815 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta
Yes, Zoo Atlanta has a splash fountain!! Free with paid admission to the Zoo, this is a fabulous place to cool off before, during, and after enjoying the amazing wildlife around you. 18 spray jets are just enough to bring delight to even the youngest zoo enthusiast. So remember to pack a bathing suit and small towel and enjoy 2 attractions in 1 at the Atlanta Zoo. Free with admission. Zoo Atlanta
Around the State of Georgia
If you happen to be traveling around the state of Georgia looking for a little respite from the summer heat, here are some fun splash pads from all over the state.
Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen. This Georgia State Park added a splash pad for younger visitors and non-swimmers in 2015. When kids tire of the water, there are also three playgrounds.
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park, Reidsville. In addition to the spray fountains, stay cool by trying your hand at stand-up paddleboard, pedal boat, or the aquacycle.
Little Ocmulgee State Park, McRae. Stay cool in the South Georgia heat with this spray ground with multiple elements shooting water from the ground.
The River Walk, Rome. One block from downtown shopping and dining, adjacent to the scenic River Walk, is Rome’s splash fountain. For a more adventurous water experience, visit River Dog Paddle Co and ask about stand up paddle boarding on the river. Stay dry and learn a bit of local history at nearby Myrtle Hill Cemetery, there is a downloadable self guided app that’s ready anytime.
Historic River Walk, Albany. Located on the Historic River Walk alongside the Flint River and behind the Albany Welcome Center is Albany’s unique playground and splash fountain. After the kids are finished running around in the water, walk down the river to Ray Charles Plaza and hop along the giant piano keys while listening to some of the music legend’s greatest hits.
Riverwalk in Uptown Columbus. This splash pad is located at Woodruff Park, directly across from the White Water Express.
Towne Center Park, Evans. The Towne Center splash pad is just one of many attractions at this Columbia County park. In addition to water fun, catch a concert, play on the playground, or enjoy a festival.
City Park, Cornelia. This splash pad is located in Cornelia’s ‘Big City Park’. In addition to the splash pad, the city has just put in a new bark park for four legged visitors and a walking trail that includes wooden footbridges.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section. Got older kids? They’ll love our Water Parks Post!
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
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