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 Atlanta Water Parks, Pools, and Spraygrounds
After the usual Memorial Day weekend heatwave, we Southern folks start looking for the best way to cool down. All of a sudden you don't mind that the only family on the block with a pool steals your Sunday AJC. Well this year there's no need to get buddy-buddy with the guy that hasn't returned your leaf blower from last fall, because we have searched high and low to make sure that you know the coolest places to have fun this summer. While North Metro Atlanta boasts one of the premier water parks in the Southeast, there is plenty of water and sun to soak up in your part of town as well.

Our largest water park, Six Flags White Water, may quite possibly have one of the highest anticipation rates for visitors age 6 through 55! Water babies of all ages love this destination because there are many activities for people in a wide range of ages and abilities. This season, start out with a bang on May 21st, during opening weekend! The park will be open daily beginning May 28th. Nestled on a huge campus in Marietta, with 50 attractions waiting to make a hot, summer day into The Best Day Ever, there are countless things to do and some things you may have to come back for. Tiny tots enjoy attractions like Buccaneer Bay, where height doesn't matter but he or she that makes the biggest splash, laughs last! Also, if mom or dad plan to stay close by, try the very popular Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool, a fun and relaxing treat for the whole family. For thrills, brave the Dragon's Tail. With the steepest drop in the city it's sure to knock off your flip flops!

Another one of our great states sizable water parks is Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & Water Park located amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, less than one hour outside of Atlanta. Located here is Georgia's largest wave pool as well as over a dozen rides and attractions! This destination houses one of the largest man made beaches in the the region. Although its creation was not naturally occuring, Lake Sidney Lanier is truly a sight to behold. This water park really captures the fun of land and water activities. There are several options for children under 4ft tall including the Wiggle Waves attraction which is a smaller version of the larger Wild Waves pool. For a more laid back, au natural, approach, lay out on the sandy beach and build sandcastles until the sun begins to set. A great end to an even greater day.

If a lengthy drive is not in the cards, not to worry, there are plenty of opportunities for water fun right in your own backyard. These facilities are local and you have the benefit of spending less time in lines to optimize your family's fun in the sun. Gwinett County has a multitude of public parks and pools. Lenora Park in Snellville offers a giant waterslide and several water play areas. In North Fulton, visit The Splash n Play at Riverside Park in Roswell for the “sprayground” that soaks hundreds of children every summer. If you are south of the Metro area, Clayton County is where it's at! The Beach at International Park is another of our state's man made marvels. With its inviting white sands, beach volleyball could easily become a family favorite.

No matter where you live, there is plenty of water fun to go around this summer. Pack a cooler, a few sack lunches to go along and no matter which of these locations you choose, your family will have a great experience. Whatever you do, don't forget the towels!!

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