Where to Cool Off in Atlanta This Summer
Things are already starting to heat up in the South—and we have a feeling this summer will be a scorcher. In fact, we already had our first Swan Center pool party! As the temps start to spike and the humidity climbs, nothing feels quite as fantastic as taking a cool dip.
Whether you love lounging by the pool or prefer escaping the city for a bit of nature, there are a ton of great places to swim near Atlanta—we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.
Our poolside picks
Pack up the family for a day at Hurricane Harbor
If you’re looking for a great way to spend a hot day with the kids, taking a trip to Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Over Georgia is sure to score you some major brownie points with the fam. This huge water park features a variety of attractions, include the five story drop of the Tsunami Surge, zero gravity water slide, and large wave pool.
Hurricane Harbor opens for the summer season on May 25th. Day tickets are $49.99, which includes entry into all of Six Flags Over Georgia.
Take a dip at the West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center
The West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center in Norcross is another great place to splash around this summer. Whether you’re flying solo, planning a day out with friends, or bringing the kids along, the Center offers a variety of ways to cool down, including a large indoor competition pool, outdoor leisure pool, Lazy River, two tall water slides, and an extensive outdoor water playground for little ones.
While they’re currently closed for maintenance, the pools will be open again on May 26th. Fees range from $3 – $10 (residents of Gwinnett County get a discount).
Book a “staycation” and catch some sun at the WET Deck Pool
Out of PTO? Splurge on a night out in your own city. The W Atlanta is one of the most popular spots for several reasons, but we’re all about the stunning rooftop pool—which is the only one of its kind in the city. Thanks to a fully covered roof and panoramic windows, you can swim and take in stunning city views all summer.
The zero edge pool is open from sunrise to sunset every day for guests and their visitors—and if you just want to enjoy a day on the WET deck, weekend day passes are available for $20 for access to the pool, a free drink, and towel service for non-guests.
Natural spots to cool off
Take in the views at Dicks Creek Falls
Northern Georgia boasts a number of gorgeous waterfalls, but Dicks Creek Falls is a popular spot for its convenient access and the size of the swimming hole. It’s the perfect spot for the non-hiker who wants to get out of the city, but those who aren’t fans of crowds should steer clear.
The three tiers of waterfalls make a beautiful backdrop for the large swimming hole, which has shallow areas for kids to play as well as deeper spots for experienced swimmers.
Take a dip in at Mill Creek
Hope in the car for the 45 minute drive to Woodstock and you’ll find Mill Creek just outside of town, a sweet little spot perfect for splashing around after exploring. As an added bonus, this spot comes complete with a rope swing for the brave of heart.
Just be warned: fans of the spot like to keep it a secret, so you may have to do some exploring to make your way there. But if you stop for a cold drink, chances are you’ll be able to get all the details from a friendly local.
Slip down the natural slide at Tallulah Falls
Tallulah Gorge State Park is a must-visit for anyone who loves being outdoors—and there are a number of spots to dip your toes in the area. Tallulah Falls is a breathtaking series of six waterfalls that cascade down the gorge into a beautiful, turquoise swimming hole.
Some of the hiking to get to the best spots can be challenging, but it’s totally worth it, provided you’re sure-footed. Just remember to get there early so you can get your permit to hike the gorge before they run out for the day!
We hope you have a fabulous summer no matter where you decide to cool off. Got any other great spots to share? We’d love to hear from you!