We all love our local neighborhood pool but one of the best ways to have fun with your kids in the summer is to visit one of the many splash fountains around town. Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty gathered a list of the metro Atlanta water playgrounds, fountains and spraygrounds. Here are some budget friendly places to beat the heat and have fun. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a water bottle, a towel and perhaps a change of clothes!
Funding for the Perkerson Park splash pad came from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation through the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. The splash pad features the artwork of Maria Artemis in a series of granite boulders that form a fountain and double as seating. In-ground spray elements are designed for three age groups: young children, four to seven years old, and eight years and up.
Admission is free, and the hours are 6:00 am-11:00 pm every day.
Suwanee’s Town Center Park hosts this fountain. It’s big and has geysers of varying heights, which means that everyone from one-year-olds to teens can have fun. It also has a great location – surrounded by the restaurants of Town Center Park, the amphitheater, and a large grassy field. You can ride bikes or walk dogs on the trails around the fountain, and there are a couple of good choices for ice cream as well.
Big Splash Fountain is open from 10:30-9:30 daily, from April 1 – October 1. Admission is free.
Town Green in Duluth is a lovely place surrounded by grassy terraces and porch swings. They also have an amphitheater and a few restaurants, including an ice cream shop. The splash fountain in the middle is circular with a large center geyser.
Admission is free, and the hours are 9:00-10:00 every day.
This fountain is basically a big circle, but you are at the second largest mall in the Southeast, and there’s a lot going on. Visit the food court and many other restaurants that are nearby for a bite to eat before water play!
Admission is free, and the hours are 10-9 M-Sa and 12-6 on Sunday.
The Botanical Garden is great for kids! You might think it’s just a nice place to take your mom, but many exhibits have appeal for children (carnivorous plants, anyone?), and they have a separate children’s garden. Furthermore, they realize that people visiting the garden in the summer will be braving the heat, and they provide misters throughout. Best of all, at the entrance to the children’s garden, there is a small splash fountain area. It’s very charming and sunflower themed. There are bathrooms located conveniently next door.
Admission to the Botanical Garden is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 3 and above. They are closed on Mondays.
The Olympic Park Fountain is undoubtedly the most famous fountain in Atlanta. Plenty of parking surrounds the park, and many musical, film, and family events take place there. You’ll also find a children’s playground.
Daily music shows at the fountain occur at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, and 9:00. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and admission is free.
Laurel Park Sprayground is in a huge lovely park that, in addition to ball fields, playgrounds, and lake views, also has a water playground for kids. It only costs $1.00, and it’s very well designed. The variety of sprinklers and water sprayers will keep children playing for hours. The outer edge of the fenced-in sprayground has benches and picnic tables, and the floor slopes in toward the center, so you don’t have to get wet if you don’t want to.
Open late May – Sept. 1. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; Noon-5:00 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Admission: $1. Recommended for children 11 and younger.
Roswell has two spraygrounds: one at Riverside Park and one at East Roswell Park. Both parks have great playgrounds as well.
Open for the season on Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Riverside Park’s fountain is closed on Tuesdays, and East Roswell Park’s fountain is close on Wednesdays. Admission is $1.
Did we find them all? Do you know of any not listed here? Leave a comment with additional ideas to beat the summer heat!