As this summer proves to be another hot one, you’ll want to let kids frolic in splash pads, spraygrounds, and fountains to cool off. Splash pads allow kids to be physically active, interact with others, and spend time outdoors. They even appeal to those toddlers afraid of large swimming pools. Put these budget-friendly (and some even FREE) splash pads in the metro Atlanta area on your summer bucket list.
If your family loves water activities, check out these Outdoor Water Parks in Atlanta for more summertime fun. You might even want to spend a day at one of these great Swimming Lakes and Beaches Near Atlanta for Georgia Families to cool off for the whole day!
With the summer heat, kids need a free place to cool off, like the Alpharetta City Center fountain!
Best Spraygrounds and Splash Pads for Atlanta Families
This free fountain sits next to a large green space in Alpharetta's City Center. Kids can run across the green and then cool off in the fountain, while parents sit on chairs and benches. Bonus: Kilwins chocolate shop is nearby.
Head to City Springs City Green for a romp through the sprinklers.
City Green, located at Sandy Springs' city center, features family-friendly, outdoor elements, including a free splash pad, interactive fountain open for kid play, and a water wall. City Green also hosts awesome festivals, outdoor concerts, and a farmers market throughout the year.
Kids will love this free sprayground, where the water erupts from the ground as well as bench-like structures. Plus, kids can run through water tunnels.
About 1.5 miles south of Zoo Atlanta, this free splash pad sits right in the middle of D.H. Stanton Park. Kids enjoy water cannons and a rainbow tunnel. Tip: Visit on a weekday since weekends are often packed.
Kids can frolic for free at this fountain, the centerpiece of Duluth's town green. With a massive spout shooting water two stories in the air and smaller spouts surrounding it, the fountain has something for everyone.
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Delight in the soaking poles at East Roswell Sprayground.
The City of Roswell boasts two spraygrounds—Riverside Park (mentioned below) and this one located in East Roswell Park off Fouts Road. With lots of colorful pole structures spraying water, kids get soaked head to toe. Both residents and non-residents pay $2.
In the heart of downtown, adjacent to World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park delights visitors with a free splashpad in the shape of the Olympic rings. Over 200 jets blast cool water to the delight of kids. The 21-acre park also boasts a playground, green space, visitor center, and amphitheater.
Located in Historic Fourth Ward Park (perfectly situated near a large shade canopy), this free splash pad gets kids drenched with water coming from every which way. Tip: Park at 664 Angier Ave. NE to be closest to the splash pad.
Kids can cool off at this free splash pad, while parents socialize in adjacent shaded pavilions. Parents will appreciate the terraced pools of water cascading down steps in front of the spray ground —kids will most likely be too busy splashing to notice.
Escape the Heat at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. This popular park offers many amenities, including the Legacy Fountain Splash Pad.
The jewel of Midtown, Piedmont Park always has something going on in the spring and summer. Bring the kids to the Legacy Fountain, which reaches up to 30 feet in the air with LED-lighting configurations, and of course, the free splash pad. Restrooms and picnic tables are located nearby.
Stay cool amid the giant oak trees at Perkerson Park Splash Pad.
Just off the Atlanta BeltLine on the south side, families enjoy Perkerson Park's free splash pad from May to October. Bonus: Huge oak trees keep the park shaded during scorching Atlanta summers.
Families who attend a Braves game or just grab a bite at one of the restaurants at The Battery Atlanta can cool off at the plaza fountain. Located near the green space (perfect for kids to run around and burn off energy), this fountain even lights up at night.
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Cool off amid the many jets of Riverside Sprayground in Roswell.
Located within Roswell's Riverside Park (right on the Chattahoochee River), kids can cool off after working up a sweat on the playground. Admission for both residents and non-residents is $2.
Suwanee's Big Splash, located in Town Center Park, is one of Gwinnett's largest interactive fountains. With 43 jets and 1,400 gallons of recycled water per minute, kids can spread out and splash for hours of free fun.
Swift-Cantrell Park’s splash pad offers cool fun for area families. Photo courtesy City of Kennesaw
For just $3 (ages 2 and under are free), kids can romp around this 3,200-square-foot splash pad complete with geysers and other cool water play elements. If the kids aren't too exhausted, stop by the Swift-Cantrell playground and skatepark.
Check out Dunwoody's first splash pad that just opened in 2023. The new Two Bridges Park features a free splash pad, an 8,000 ADA-compliant playground, and walking paths connecting to the multi-use Dunwoody Trailway.
Photos courtesy of the parks