Atlanta summers are for real. Stay cool at these Atlanta splash pads and sparygrounds
Summer is starting to sizzle in Atlanta, y’all. Thank goodness for a super selection of Atlanta splash pads and spraygrounds where your little firecrackers can cool their jets. Read on to find out which spouts of refreshing water are our favorite spots below. And in these ever-changing times, check for hours of operation and seasonal availability before you load everyone up and slather on the sunscreen.
Swift Cantrell Park Splash Pad
Swift-Cantrell Park’s splash pad offers cool, wet fun in a 3,200-square-foot motion sensor-fueled water amenity. You’ll find a fountain spray, ground geyser, jet stream, magic mist and multiple sea silhouettes.
3130 Old 41 Highway
Alpharetta Town Center Fountain
For fountains that will keep the kids entertained while you have a semi-adult conversation while dining on one of the local restaurants’ patios around downtown Alpharetta, head to the Town Center with a change of dry clothes in tow.
40 S. Main St.
Wills Park Recreation Center
Wills Park is Alpharetta’s Downtown Park and includes a 60-acre equestrian show facility, ten baseball fields, the newly renovated Wills Park Pool, three playgrounds—including a splash pad perfect for toddlers—six tennis courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, and plenty of green space on 120 acres.
11925 Wills Rd.
Lilian Webb Park
This Norcross splash pad is at the bottom of a cool multi-story waterfall feature that cascades down several steps. Bonus points for being near the Thrashers Stadium and Dreamland BBQ; this is a great reason to take a day trip to Norcross.
5 College St. NW
Splash-n-Play at Riverside Park
This Roswell splash pad is—as the name suggests—right on the bank of the Chattahoochee River, with a nearby playground for the kiddos when they need to dry out. There is also a large field, trails for strollers, and always plenty of people to play with at this spot.
575 Riverside Rd.
Duluth Town Green Fountain
Located in downtown Duluth, this spray fountain shoots water two stories into the air and is surrounded by smaller, gentler spouts around the main event. This spot is perfectly positioned near Duluth’s Town Green—don’t miss Fridays in Duluth for food trucks, movies, and more—this spot is convenient, fun, and cool.
3167 Main St.
Whether it’s the dining, the shopping, or the Braves that’s taken you to Battery Atlanta thus far, we’re pretty sure it’ll be the fountains that keep you heading back there all summer long. Located just outside the Terrapin Taproom and across from the green space, this water feature is the perfect place to cool your jets.
800 Battery Ave. SE
Big Splash Interactive Fountain at Town Center Park
One of Gwinnett’s largest interactive fountains, Suwanee’s Big Splash, features 43 jets in the middle of a 10-acre Town Center Park.
330 Town Center Ave.
Six Flags Over Georgia Hurricane Harbor, Paradise Island
With a pirate ship, a gigantic climbing structure complete with nets, water cannons, dunking buckets, and slides, this colossal water feature inside Six Flags is the perfect remedy to a hot day at the amusement park (park guests get in free with park admission). And while Hurricane Harbor is a legit water park, Paradise Island is pure splash pad fun.
275 Riverside Pkwy. SW
D.H. Stanton Park
Located on the BeltLine, this park includes a new playground, a splash pad with a commissioned work of public art at its center by artist Robert Witherspoon, and a large pavilion that provides a break from the sun and a spot for a picnic.
1052 Martin St. SE
Old Atlanta Park Spray Pad
Perfect for the peanuts who tire quickly of the same activity, this spray pad is located in the middle of a nearly 40-acre park that features a natural playground, a tot-lot for children age six and under, two pavilions, and a 1-mile walking trail.
810 Nichols Rd.
The Spray Station at East Roswell Park
This spray pad is perfect for your littlest party people with an entirely fenced-in perimeter and someone at the gate. There are two shaded areas inside the fenced area, but be sure to bring your chairs, or you’ll wind up on the rubberized surface (and a potential water obstacle by the frolickers).
9000 Fouts Rd.
Historic Fourth Ward Park
After they work up a sweat on the nearby playground’s climbing structures, slides, swings, and rock walls, they’ll love hitting the adjacent splash pad. Jets emanate from the ground and overhead, and there are plenty of benches for caregivers and parents to watch while the littles get wet and wild.
680 Dallas St.
The Legacy Fountain at Piedmont Park
The Legacy Fountain features more than 70 jets—reaching up to 30 feet in the air—that shoot from the ground with varying degrees of height and power. Perks include the spectacular city views, clean restrooms, and frequent food trucks to the park. For closest access to the splash pad, park in the parking deck off Monroe (near the Botanical Gardens).
1320 Monroe Dr. NE
Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park delivers a Fountain of Rings music and water show four times a day. Water spouts will delight your little one as you jam out to tunes like Chariots of Fire and Under the Sea. Situated in the trifecta of downtown attractions—the Aquarium, the Children’s Museum, and the World of Coca-Cola—it’s easy to add a run through the rings into your itinerary for maximum fun.
265 Park Ave.
The Children’s Fountain at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Among the improvements to the Children’s Garden at the Botanical Garden is a larger splash pad—twice the size of the previous area—with additional seating for parents and caregivers.
1345 Piedmont Ave.
—Angelica Kajiwara and Shelley Massey