Cool Down This Summer With These Splash Pads And Water Playgrounds

Children play in the water at D.H. Stanton Park in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Christopher T Martin.

Next time you bring your kids to the park, be sure to pack bathing suits, towels and extra clothes, because water playgrounds and splash pads have opened in parks all over metro Atlanta. It’s a great way to cool off in the summer. See the list below to find one near you.

Keep in mind that many of these splash pads have strict rules about what kids should wear and how they should behave. For that reason, it is a good idea to plan ahead.

Legacy Fountain Splash Pad

What: This splash pad features more than 70 jets that reach up to 30 feet in the air and LED lighting. Public restrooms are nearby.

Where: Piedmont Park, Atlanta

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Historic Fourth Ward Splash Pad

What: This splash pad has climbing structures, swings, slides and more. There’s plenty of space for kids to move around and benches for parents.

Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park, Atlanta

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 1

Cost: Free

Children play in the water at the Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta. Photo Courtesy of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Splash N’ Play at D. H. Stanton Park

What: The splash pad is solar-powered and has jets that squirt water from the ground, according to Atlanta Parent Magazine.

Where: D.H. Stanton Park, Atlanta

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 1 to Oct. 1

Cost: Free

Atlanta Botanical Garden

What: The Atlanta Botanical Garden has a splash pad located in the Lou Glenn Children’s Garden, which underwent renovations last year. The children’s garden also has a water “painting” wall and other activities.

Where: Midtown Atlanta

When: Garden hours from May to October are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every other day.

Cost: Regular garden admission: $21.95 for adults, $18.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children under 3.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden has a splash pad located in its Children’s Garden, which underwent renovations last year. Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Perkerson Park

What: The splash pad opened in 2012 and features granite artwork that doubles as seating.

Where: Southwest Atlanta

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 1

Cost: Free

Children play in the splash pad at Perkerson Park. Photo courtesy of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Zoo Atlanta Splash Fountain

What: Cool off at your next zoo visit. The 2,500-square foot area features 18 water jets and is open to children of all ages.

Where: Zoo Atlanta

When: Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. every day and closes at 5:30 p.m. on the week days and 6:30 p.m. on the weekends.

Cost: Zoo admission is $16.99 for children ages 3 to 11 and $22.99 for others aged 12 and up.

Fountain of Rings

What: Skip through the fountain’s jets at the Centennial Olympic Park. A show takes place four times a day, and you can check the website for details

Where: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

When: Park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Cost: Free

Splash Pad at Swift-Cantrell Park

What: Swift-Cantrell Park has a lot to offer, including this 3,200-square-foot water playground. The splash pad is controlled by motion sensors and features a ground geyser, a magic mist, a fountain spray and more.

Where: Swift-Cantrell Park, Kennesaw

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 28 to Sept. 3

Cost: $2 per person, but free for children under age 2

Geyser Towers

What: A playground at Stone Mountain Park has rope bridges, tunnels and platforms that overlook a “geyser.” Toddlers can play in a tricking creek.

Where: Stone Mountain

Cost: Included in the all-attraction pass: $29.95 for children ages 3-11 $31.95 for ages 12 and up.

Old Atlanta Park Spray Pad

What: Old Atlanta Park has two picnic pavilions, two playgrounds, a nature trail a recreation center and a spray pad.

Where: Suwanee

When: From now until Aug. 1, the spray pad is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. From Aug. 2 to Sept. 3, it will open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Cost: $2 per person (1 year and older), free for adults with children.

Big Splash and Town Center Park

What: The interactive splash pad has 43 jets and uses up to 1,4000 gallons of recycled water per minute.

Where: Suwanee

When: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day

Cost: Free

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