Outdoor water parks in Atlanta are about to open and welcome kids to seek relief from sweltering summer temperatures. Southern summers can be brutal and spending the day at one of these awesome Atlanta water parks will bring a smile to any family member. Whether thrill-seekers prefer the more intense water park slides or younger/more cautious kiddos choose a calming lazy river ride, there is the perfect aquatic attraction for everyone!
Before heading out to these outdoor water parks in Atlanta, remember to load up on sunscreen and UV swimwear. Diaper-aged children must wear appropriate swim diapers in addition to swimwear. (If you forget to pack swim diapers, many water parks sell these at gift shops.)
Enjoy chill vibes floating in the Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool. Photo courtesy Six Flags White Water
Outdoor Water Parks in Atlanta
Opening every year in mid May, White Water Six Flags is the ultimate outdoor water park! This thrilling water park features more than 20 water attractions, including the newest opening summer 2023: Caribbean Cove. This AquaPlay structure is a kids-only playground, perfect for younger kids, that includes mini water slides, blasters, showers, and more. Python Plunge is another new ride that opened last year and is great for older kids—a two-person water slide with swirling discs and thrilling drops. Beyond water slides, enjoy the wave pool, Lilypad Crossing, lazy river, Skull Island, and more.
Another new event for 2023! Head to White Water Six Flags every Wednesday night in June and July for the Dive-In Movies series, where families can float in Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool while watching an outdoor movie at 7pm.
Escape the heat and head to Lake Lanier for watery fun at Margaritaville! The water park opens mid May and features amazing attractions like heart-stopping water slides, a fun aqua playground, foam parties (!), a refreshing wave pool, an inflatable obstacle course, and even mini golf. New for 2023: the Parrot Mountain summer tubing slide, return of the Fin Dunker Bucket, and renovated, beloved attractions.
Adults may enjoy other attractions at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, like margarita, brunch, and full moon cruises, as well as LandShark Landing, which features a beach bar, boat docks, fire pits, and more.
Become a pirate and shoot the water cannon at Buccaneer Cove at Malibu Norcross. Photo courtesy of Malibu Norcross
Malibu Norcross helps families cool off at Buccaneer Cove every summer! Opening the end of May, Buccaneer Cove is the ultimate outdoor water park with five levels of aquatic fun. This splash palace features water slides, spray loops and tunnels, water cannons, splash bucket, and more. In addition to all the watery fun, Malibu Norcross offers drier activities, like mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, and more!
This Cobb County-run outdoor water park opens in the summer to Powder Springs residents, as well as anyone in the Atlanta area looking for a cool respite. Seven Springs Water Park features an outdoor pool, water slides, a lazy river, and splash pad. Residents pay $4 per child, $6 per adult (a bit more for non-residents) for their daily session. Session 1 is 12-3pm and Session 2 is 4-7pm.
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Gwinnett County welcomes hot Atlanta families to Mountain Park Aquatic Center every summer. This water park features both outdoor and indoor water features (as part of the activity building). Soak in the vitamin D at outdoor water attractions like the leisure pool with a zero-depth entry, two giant water slides, river channel, bubble bench, a water play structure, and more. Interested families can purchase a seasonal FUNCARD (discounted rate for Gwinnett residents).
Take your water fun to the next level at Terminus Wake Park! The Aqua Park features a giant inflatable water playground that kids will LOVE running through! Families can bounce and slip on slides, trampolines, swings, balance beams, and more. Session rates are $24 for weekdays and $28 for weekends (with completed waiver). Cable wakeboarding is also available — look online for details.
Tips for Visiting Atlanta Water Parks
- Again, WEAR SUNSCREEN! And don't forget to reapply throughout the day.
- Wear water shoes to protect your feet in water features as well as hot walkways and sidewalks.
- Try not to bring valuable items. If it can't be avoided, rent a day locker to keep things safe and dry.
- Waterproof phone cases are a good idea if you want to capture action shots at the water park.