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 Cool Ways to Beat the Summer Heat
The official start of summer is just weeks away but most families are already looking for cool ways to beat the heat. And while there are over dozens of ways to cool down in the summer, there is nothing quite like letting your kids loose for some pool-time fun and play. Here are three terrific water parks in the Atlanta metro area that you should make a point of visiting at least once each this summer. To order tickets and to find out more about these water parks, you can click on the links provided.

Six Flags White Water Park
250 Cobb Parkway N # 100, Marietta, Georgia 30303

This fun water park is located in Marietta(just northeast of Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell). This large water park is great for families with kids of all ages with roughly 50 attractions and rides. One of their star attractions includes The Cliffhanger, a 9 story high-rise water slide that sends you straight down on a free-falling adrenaline rush. This is obviously a ride that will appeal to the older set. If you've got younger kids, make sure they check out the interactive play areas(there are 3 of them) that were specifically designed for young people. There's Bucaneer Bay with water slides and a 25" foot tall play ship; Captain Kid's Cove with over 100 interactive water toys, and Tree House Island with a four story treehouse and water slides. This water park will keep the entire family cool and entertained all summer long. Remember that if you purchase a season pass for Six Flags White Water, you can take advantage of the unlimited admission to Six Flags White Water Park. General admission tickets start at $29.99 each and a season pass starts at $54.99.
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(located in Lake Lanier Islands Resort)
7000 Holiday Road, Buford Georgia 30518

This place, which recently opened on Memorial Day, features a water park and amusement park in one central location. Chill out and float a little in Wild Waves(Georgia's largest wave pool) or go for a thrilling ride like Raging River, a large tube slide that has lots of twists and turns. And don't miss Dive In Movie Night(located at Wild Waves) where the whole family can enjoy movies on the big screen while floating in a pool.There is also a sandy beach on Lake Lanier. If you and your family want more fun on dry land, check out LanierWorld's Landlubber Lagoon Carnival, a fun playland with cool rides like a Ferris Wheel, musical chair ride, a kiddie midway, and much more. Make it a full day of fun and bring a picnic! Ticket prices start out at $10.99 each and don't include seperate rental fees. Season passes start at $54.99.
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Sun Valley Beach
5350 Holloman Road, Powder Springs Georgia 30127

Located in Powder Springs, this super cool water park is surrounded by a natural lakeside beach. Kids will thorougly enjoy everything about this park from the sandy beach to the swimming pool with buoys, tarzan-style swings, sliding boards, and more. The park also offers fun for landlubbers with picnic areas with grills and rental pavillions, playground, concession stand, miniature golf course, and a small children's petting zoo. Sun Valley Beach is a cool place for a family to spend an entire Saturday. Daily admission starts at $15.00 and season passes start at $65.00.
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Bethesda Park Aquatic Center
255 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044

If you're on a tight budget this summer, take your family to Bethesda Park Aquatic Center! This is acually a community pool includes a large waterslide, hydrotherapy benches, water play structures, vortex, ceiling spray, and four-lane instruction pool. The water park is also open year-round for fun all season but the summer season has a Admission starts at $2.00. One important thing to note that while this aquatic center is significantly cheaper than your average water park, Gwinnett county resisdents will pay a slightly smaller fee than residents from other counties.
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