I fell in love with Atlanta after I relocated from Florida. I love the culture, the food, the houses and pretty much everything! Atlanta was the perfect city but it was missing one thing, a beach! Being a Florida girl, I love taking trips to the beach and throwing on a pair of shorts with flip flops. After I had kids I wanted them to fall in love with beaches. I imagined them playing with buckets and building sand castles. With the closest beach being 4 -5 hours away, my beach dreams were crushed until I found the next best thing; splash pads! I took my little one to a splash pad and to my surprise, he loved it! Since he had so much fun I started searching for different ones around town. Here are my top FIVE in Atlanta, in no particular order.
My Top 5 Atlanta Splash Pads:
- Piedmont Park: Legacy Fountain Splash Pad is located in the beautiful green scenery of Piedmont Park. This splash pad is free to the public and has seating and tables nearby. It is rather large so there is plenty of room for the kids to roam. It is surrounded by a beautiful green lawn which is perfect for a picnic before or after all the fun.
- Roswell Spraygrounds: This is actually a 2 for 1 deal because there are 2 separate locations and both are worth a visit. These are the probably the biggest spraygrounds on the list and have a ton of variety with plenty of fun. There is a small fee to gain access, but once you enter you will not want to leave.
- Historic Fourth Ward Park: This splash pad is located right off the BeltLine in the middle of Historic Fourth Ward Park. It is pretty large and has a low stream section for smaller kids and a larger area with multiple jets of splashing water. There is free accessible parking and bathrooms nearby. There is also a park nearby for the kids and is free to the public.
- Atlanta Botanical Gardens: The splash pad is located in the Children’s Garden and is mainly enclosed, so it’s really convenient to keep an eye out for the little ones. They recently expanded the nearby bathrooms, so diaper and clothing changes are super easy. This is attraction is free with paid admission to the gardens. – this splash pad was closed temporarily due to Covid-19. Be sure to check the website for the latest information.
- Centennial Park: Fountain of Rings Splash Pad is located in the heart of the city in Centennial Park. It is very large and is not enclosed but it is located in the center of the park away from the streets. There is also a water and music show four times a day to add some extra fun with splashing. It is surrounded by historic markers from the 1996 Olympics and open green fields. There are nearby attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Children’s Museum, World of Coca Cola, and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This is free to the public.
These splash pads aren’t beaches, but they’re the next best thing! Another plus is you won’t have to worry about sand in your car or kid’s clothing. With the weather warming up, splash pads are definitely a great way to cool down. So, get ready to make a splash with the kiddies and head down to one of these great splash pads.