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16 Spots to Cool Your Jets: Atlanta’s Best Slash Pads

Summers sizzle in Atlanta, y’all. Thank goodness for a super selection of spray grounds 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, be sure to 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 for 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
Kennesaw, GA
Online: kennesaw-ga.gov

 

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.
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Wills Park Recreation Center

Wills Park is Alpharetta’s Downtown Park and includes a 60-acre equestrian show facility, 10 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.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
678-297-6000
Online: alpharetta.ga.us

Lilian Webb Park

This Norcross splash pad is at the bottom of a cool multi-story waterfall feature that cascades down several flights of 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
Norcross, Ga
678-421-2010
Online: norcrossga.net

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 a bit. There is also a large field, trails for strollers, and always plenty of people to play with at this spot. 

575 Riverside Rd.
Roswell, Ga 30075
770-641-3760
Online: roswellgov.com

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. Perfectly positioned near Duluth's Town Green—don't miss Friday's in Duluth for food trucks, movies, and more—this spot is convenient, fun, and cool.

3167 Main St.
Duluth, Ga 30096
770-497-5291
Online: duluthga.net

Battery Atlanta

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 keeps 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
Atlanta, Ga 30339
404-494-1150
Online: batteryatl.com

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.
Suwanee, Ga 30024
Online: suwanee.com

 

photo: Six Flags Over Georgia

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 huge 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
Austell, Ga 30168
770-739-3400
Online: laronde.com

D.H. Stanton Park

Located on the BeltLine, this park includes a new playground, a splashpad 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
Atlanta, GA 30315
Online: beltline.org

 

Old Atlanta Park Spray Pad

Perfect for the peanuts who tire easily 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.
Suwanee, Ga 30024
770-205-4646
Online: parks.forsythco.com

The Spray Station at East Roswell Park

With an entirely fenced-in perimeter and someone at the gate, this spray pad is perfect for your littlest party people. There are two shaded areas inside the fenced area, but be sure to bring your own chairs or you'll wind up on the rubberized surface (and a potential water obstacle by the frolickers).

9000 Fouts Rd.
Roswell, Ga 30075
770-594-6188
Online: roswellgov.com

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 as well as overhead, and there are plenty of benches for caregivers and parents to watch while the littles get wet and wild.

680 Dallas St.
Atlanta, Ga 30308
404-546-6757
Online: h4wpc.com

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, tidy restrooms, and frequent food trucks to the park. For closest access to the splash pad, park in the parking deck off of Monroe (near the Botanical Gardens).

1320 Monroe Dr. NE
Atlanta, Ga 30306
404-875-7275
Online: piedmontpark.org

Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park delivers a Fountain of Rings music and water show four times a day all year round.  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.
Atlanta, Ga 30313
404-223-4412
Online: gwcca.org

photo: S. Massey

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.
Atlanta, Ga 30309
404-876-5859
Online: atlantabg.org

Featured image via iStock.

—Shelley Massey

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