Atlanta has breathtakingly beautiful weather during the fall and spring seasons, but its summers tend to be hot and humid. How do the locals beat the heat? At one of our many Atlanta water parks of course! Here are five places to take the kids in Atlanta when it’s time to cool off. Not only are several of these water parks free to enjoy, most are also conveniently located within a few miles of Hilton Atlanta. What’s more, the water parks, splash pads and fountains listed below all offer zero-entry facilities, making them wheelchair accessible.
1. CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK FOUNTAINS
Located in the midst of downtown Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park’s biggest attraction in the summertime is its Fountain of Rings. Constructed in the shape of the Olympic Rings to commemorate the 1996 Olympic Games, they are now a splash playground of dancing fountains. Four times per day, there is a fountain “show” when the water “dances” to music. Kids are free to play all day; there is no charge to play in the fountains.
You can enjoy a burger and a shake at Googie Burger which overlooks the fountains. What’s more, some of Atlanta’s other attractions are within sight of the fountains; the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, CNN Center and the Children’s Museum are all a short walk away. Read more about these attractions in this article, Fun Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids.
2. LEGACY FOUNTAIN IN PIEDMONT PARK
Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s main city park, is located in midtown, just over two miles away from downtown’s Hilton Atlanta. Besides being a beautiful green space in which to walk around, it also has a zero-entry fountain in which kids love to jump and play. There is no admission fee to the park or the fountain, which operates during park hours. This would be a great spot to visit after taking in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens which is adjacent to the park and shares a parking garage.
If you want more than just a splash, Piedmont Park also has a newly renovated public pool that includes a current channel for floating, beach entry, a concession stand and plenty of shady spots to lounge. Entrance costs $4 for adults and $1-2 for children, depending on age.
3. SPLASH PAD IN THE HISTORIC FOURTH WARD NEIGHBORHOOD
The 17-acre Historic Fourth Ward Park is an urban park that’s close to downtown and midtown Atlanta. It’s also adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile multipurpose green way trail that currently connects many of the central Atlanta neighborhoods. My kids enjoy running back and forth between the splash pad and the playground next to it. The splash pad is wheelchair accessible and there are public bathrooms nearby.
4. GEYSER TOWERS AT STONE MOUNTAIN PARK
This splash park is located outside of metro Atlanta in the beautiful Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia, just 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta. The multistory climbing structure provides lots of opportunities to cool off. Here is what my daughter says about Geyser Towers, “I like that you never know when the geysers are going to get you wet. And it’s fun to go there to climb around even when the water is turned off.” That said, Geyser Towers is a small play area and is ideal for kids from the ages of 3 to 11. Older kids may lose interest quickly. There are other outdoor family-friendly activities in Stone Mountain Park, so consider staying for the day to explore.
Geyser Towers water park is included in the Stone Mountain Adventure Pass and Mountain Membership. Individual attraction tickets are $14.
With so many low-cost and free water activities in central Atlanta, there’s no reason to stay inside! Splash around Atlanta and see some of its many historical sights and beautiful parks in the process.
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.