08/03/2011 02:17 pm ET Updated Sep 24, 2011

Water Parks In Atlanta: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in Atlanta can be a cool respite for the family in the sultry summer heat. The Atlanta area has several water parks designed to thrill kids and adults alike. As part of a Huffington Post Travel's series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Atlanta's water parks.

Lanier World

This park is part of the Lake Lanier resort complex located 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta. Lanier World offers visitors an artificial water area to go with the natural lake setting.

The Big Beach

The centerpiece of the park is the Big Beach. Its wide expanse of white sand gives parents a place to relax while the children swim under the watchful eyes of lifeguards.

The Boardwalk

When the family tires of the beach, a stroll along the boardwalk brings them to water slides, a wave pool and Wiggle Waves, the pool designed for the littlest visitors. When the sun goes down, the screen goes up and Lanier World offers one of their family-friendly "dive-in" movies.

Dining Options

There are six restaurants inside the park that serve food like hamburgers and ice cream. A number also serve adult beverages, fresh oysters and Italian cuisine.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Lanier World park.

Address: 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway Buford, GA 30518
Phone: 770-932-7218
Hours: Daily hours May through August are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; weekends in August and September are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Adults and children over 42 inches tall pay $31.99 for day-long admission. Children under 42 inches tall, seniors 55 and older and active military pay $17.99 a person for an all-day ticket. Twilight tickets from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. are $22.99 for adults, and $14.99 for children, seniors and active military. After 6 p.m., evening tickets run $16.99

White Water Atlanta

With 50 different water rides, this park has something to offer every member of the family. Located just north of Atlanta, White Water Atlanta is part of the Six Flags Family of parks. Check out the slides, wave pool, splash lagoon and a playground with a water bucket that dumps a cooling wave of water.

The Tornado

The Tornado is seven-story ride where you and three of your closest screaming friends can jump in an inflatable raft and plunge into a 60-foot funnel. After spinning through the tail of the Tornado, splash through a waterfall that spills 5,000 gallons of water a minute.

Dragon's Tail

In addition to the Tornado, the park features the Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool, a 700,000-gallon pool that features waves up to four feet tall. The Bonzai is a fast tube slide that dumps riders into the Wildwater Lagoon, and the Dragon's Tail features a 250-foot triple drop. For visitors who want a more relaxing ride, the Little Hooch River lets riders gently float through the forest on their own inner tube.

Dining Options

White Water Atlanta offers a wide range of dining options. Johnny Rockets, a 50's style chain of burger joints, has a restaurant in the park. In addition, the park offers pizza, smoothies, ice cream and another funnel cakes.

Safety Record

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that White Water Atlanta had a fire in a storage building in July of 2010. Visitors were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported.

Address: 250 Cobb Parkway N., Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 770-948-9290
Hours: The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Daily admission at the park is $36.99 for adults and $26.99 for children under 48 inches tall. Children age 2 and younger are free. White Water Atlanta offers an online special: Adult tickets cost $29.99 when ordered through their website

Other Noteworthy Parks Near Atlanta

Mountain Park Aquatic Center
Sun Valley Beach
Bogan Aquatic Center
Bethesda Aquatic Center
Summer Waves

What's your family's favorite Atlanta water park?

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