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12/13/2011 01:01 pm ET

Water Parks In Georgia: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in Georgia are a great opportunity for residents and tourists alike to cool off in this warm southern state. The many water parks in this area offer amazing thrill rides, fun family activities and plenty of places to splash down on a hot day. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Georgia's water parks.

Wild Adventures Theme Park

Wild Adventures Theme Park is a huge 200-acre theme park with a wild animals theme. Inside this exciting park is an amazing water park called Splash Island. The park is packed with steep slides with rushing waters alongside a calmer area more appropriate for the little ones, says the Wild Adventures official website.

Wahee Cyclone

The Wahee Cyclone is the can't-miss ride at Wild Adventures. This four-person tube ride starts off with a thrilling drop into a 45-foot funnel, which keeps riders careening from side to side all the way to the bottom.

More Attractions

Splash Island features a number of great activities for kids, including the splash area at Sea Turtle Cove and the climbable fortress with water guns and dumping buckets at Polynesian Adventure. Meanwhile, Paradise River offers a relaxing laxy river experience while park visitors can ride the waves at the 20,000-square-foot Catchawave Bay. For more thrills, try the slides at Hakini Rapids, Kalani Blasters or Kona Cliffs.

Grub

Several indoor dining options are available at Wild Adventures, although these are located outside the Splash Island area. For more convenient dining options, try the Surfside Cafe at Splash Island, which offers pizza, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and other great meal options. For snacks like soft pretzels, nachos, smoothies and frozen lemonade, try Splash Snacks, which is located within the water park area.

Price

Adults, $45.99; children 9 and under and seniors, $40.99

Safety Record

Research shows that no accidents or safety hazards have been reported at this park in recent years.

Address: 3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta, GA 31601
Telephone: 229-219-7080
Hours of Operation: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, spring through summer. Check the website for details.

Summer Waves Water Park

Located on the picturesque, 5700-acre Jekyll Island, Summer Waves Water Park is a popular water park in Georgia. According to the official Jekyll Island website, the park itself is a full seven acres in size, encompassing numerous slides, thrill rides, a lazy river and a kiddie area. Because the entire island is a tourism attraction, there are several opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment nearby.

Nature's Revenge

Nature's Revenge is the signature ride at this Georgia water park. It is 40-feet tall and is comprised of two slides, each of which send riders plummeting 300-feet down through thrilling twists and turns.

More Attractions

In addition to exciting slides like Nature's Revenge, Summer Waves Water Park also offers a 500,000-gallon wave pool, a half-mile long lazy river called Turtle Creek and a fun-filled kiddie play area. The Summer Waves website also describes the park's Splash Zone, where a giant bucket dumps water on anxiously awaiting visitors.

Grub

There are several snack stands offering typical park fare like hot dogs and soft pretzels at the water park. According to the Jekyll Island Dining Guide, there are also several casual and fine dining restaurants nearby, such as the Driftwood Bistro and Vincent's Pub.

Price

Adults, $19.95; children under 48 inches in height, $15.95; seniors, $10.95

Safety Record

Research shows that no accidents or safety hazards have been reported at this park in recent years.

Address: 210 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Telephone 912-635-2074
Hours of Operation Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, spring through summer. Check the website for details.

Other Notable Parks


Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark at Lake Lanier Islands Resort
Splash in the Boro, Statesboro
Six Flags White Water, Atlanta
St. Marys Family Aquatic Center, St. Marys
Helen Water Park & Tubing, Helen

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