Water parks in the South give residents and visitors a much needed way to cool off in the hot Southern sun. From Kentucky to Georgia and all the way to Florida, Southerners hit the pool from May to August. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on water parks, here's our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about the ones in the South.
White Water Atlanta
White Water Atlanta is part of the Six Flags family of parks. Just 20 minutes west of Atlanta, this family-friendly water park makes it easy to cool off in "Hot-lanta." With more than 50 different rides and attractions, the park has something to offer everyone from thrilling slides to lazy rides.
One Ride, 5,000 Gallons Of WaterThe Tornado is a 132-foot funnel that mixes riders with 5,000 gallons of water. Grab three friends and jump on the clover-leaf shaped raft. Then swirl down seven stories as you ride the raft through an enclosed water slide into a 132-foot funnel.
The Lazy RiverFor a quieter ride, drift through the forest on the Little Hooch Lazy River. Younger visitors will enjoy exploring Buccaneer Bay, with its 25-foot-tall interactive pirate ship. For more excitement, check out the Dragon's Tail with its 250-foot drop, or the Cliffhanger, one of the tallest freefall slides on earth.
Johnny Rockets And Classic Park FareWhite Water Atlanta offers many familiar concessions, including Johnny Rockets, the well-known burger, fries and shake shop. The park also offers pizza, ice cream and funnel cakes to fuel your fun.
Safety RecordAccording to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, in July of 2010, a storage building caught on fire. The storage building and the tubes it held were destroyed. Visitors were evacuated and no one was harmed. The park re-opened on time the next day.
Address: 250 Cobb Parkway N Marietta, GA 30062
Hours: The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Adults, $36.99; children under 48 inches, $26.99. Children two and under are free. White Water Atlanta offers an online special: Adults, $29.99 when ordered through their website.
Beech Bend Splash Lagoon
Admission to Beech Bend Splash Lagoon is included with the ticket cost to Beech Bend Park. The park was honored with the "Publisher's Pick Park of the Year" by Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards. Drinks, sunscreen, mats and tubes are all included in the single ticket price. The Splash Lagoon is a great way to cool off between riding Beech Bend attractions.
A Four-Story SplashNew in 2011, Tiki Island is four stories of splashing fun. Slide down any of the seven, kid-sized water slides. Squirt other players with water jets while the giant Tiki bucket douses you with hundreds of gallons of water.
The Raging RiverBeech Bend Splash Lagoon offers families a chance to ease their way around the lazy river until the wave pool starts. Then the waves in the pool gently rock you as you float down the attached lazy river. Looking for thrills? Head over to the Raging River water slides and drop off the 400-foot open family tube ride.
Dining Options And Free BeveragesSplash Lagoon offers a wide range of picnic foods including hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, chicken strips and ice cream. Drinks are also included with the ticket price and are free all day.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Splash Lagoon.
Address: 798 Beech Bend Road Bowling Green, KY 42101
Hours: During June and July, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, seven days a week. During the second week of August through September, Splash Lagoon is only open on weekends.
Price: Adults over 54 inches, $29.99; children under 54 inches and seniors over 60, $25.99; children two and under are free.
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