Swimming Lakes and Beaches near Atlanta for Georgia Families this Summer

Enjoy the thrill of the water attractions and beach at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Photo courtesy of Margaritaville
Enjoy the thrill of the water attractions and beach at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Photo courtesy of Margaritaville

Swimming lakes are a great change from pools, and sometimes families just need a change of scenery beyond diving boards and chlorine. Why not head to one of these local swimming lakes and awesome beaches near Atlanta? There are several swimming lakes near Atlanta with great beaches that make an easy summer day trips for Atlanta families

Need more ideas about how to cool off as the temperatures rise? Dive Into Atlanta Indoor Pools and Water Parks for heat relief or perhaps climb high among the treetops and cool off Zipping Across the Best Atlanta Zipline and Ropes Courses!


Enjoy the lake at Acworth Beach at Cauble Park. Photo courtesy of Acworth Tourism

Fun Swimming Lakes near Atlanta

Cauble/Acworth Beach at Lake Acworth

Located on the north shore of Lake Acworth inside of Cauble Park, the Cauble/Acworth beach is a favorite area for swimming lakes near Atlanta. Acworth Beach is open daily from dawn to dusk, starting in early June through Labor Day. In addition to the swimming beaches, the park has picnic tables, two playgrounds, pavilions for rental, a boat launch area, and fishing dock. Parking is free during the week and $10 for non-Acworth residents on holidays and weekends.

Red Top Mountain Beach

Red Top Mountain Park is located on one of the nicest swimming lakes in Georgia, Lake Allatoona. The park is also home to Red Top Mountain Beach, a shaded, sandy beach area. Campsites, cottages, picnic pavilions, and a yurt are all available for reservations if you choose to make it an overnight visit. The park has a roped-off area for swimming in the lake, as well as a playground, beach house for changing, picnic tables, and grills. Near enough to Atlanta for a quick day visit, the lake beach has no admission fee, but parking is $5 per car. The park is open for daily visitors from 7am to dusk. 

Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Resort and Gardens

Robin Lake Beach is a private, mile-long sandy beach inside Callaway Resort and Gardens in Pine Mountain. The swimming beach is open to guests who purchase gardens admission, annual members of Callaway Gardens, and resort guests. The beach is open daily from 10am to dusk (later on the weekends). Guests can bring their own beach chairs, umbrellas, and water toys; however Robin Lake Beach also has chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards for rental. Beach areas are first-come, first served. Beach admission is included with the price of daily garden admission.

RELATED: Splash Pads and Spraygrounds for Atlanta Families 

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

The sandy beach and swimming area at Margaritaville is one of the best swimming lakes near Atlanta. Guests can visit just the beach for a daily admission fee or visit all the attractions of the water park for a higher fee. Margaritaville is open from mid May to September 18. There are awesome amenities for both kids and adults, including LandShark Landing that offers food, drinks, and a setting for live music performances. And don't forget—this spot turns into a winter wonderland, License to Chill at Snow Island, during the colder months.

 
Head to Fort Yargo State Park for a fun family day trip or weekend vacation. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources 

Fort Yargo State Park

Fort Yargo State Park offers a swim beach area along the Marbury Creek Watershed. The sandy beach area has a section roped off for swimming in the lake. Near this area, there is a pavilion available for rental. Fort Yargo also has several campsites, RV connections, cottages, and cabins for overnight visits. There is no admission fee for the park; only a parking fee of $5 per car. The park is open from 7am to 10pm with the beach area open seasonally until dusk. 

Don Carter State Park

The only state park on Lake Lanier, Don Carter State Park offers a great time for any family on the northern end of the water body. Besides a large, sand swimming beach (with bath house), this 1,300-acre state park offers a playground, boat ramps and docks, hiking and biking trails, and much more. Looking for a longer visit? Reserve two-bedroom cabins near the lake, park the RV at the designated campground, or get close to nature and camp under the stars in a tent or hammock.

Pine Lake

Head to DeKalb County and enjoy the refreshing water of Pine Lake, open for swimming each year from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Anyone under the age of 18 must swim in the beach area within the designated roped section (only swimmers can sign a waiver to go beyond the ropes). Besides swimming, beach guests can fish, boat, play on the playground, and just appreciate the natural setting. 

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays
Brook Run Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Toddler Thursday at the High
High Museum of Art - various times Pick
North Georgia State Fair
Jim R. Miller Park - various times Pick
Origami in the Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden - 9:00 AM
High Museum of Art: Toddler Thursdays
High Museum of Art - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides