If you are looking for theme parks in Georgia, Six Flags is usually the first location that appears in an online search. However, there are other amazing theme and water parks in Georgia that offer full days of family fun. Check out this list of amusement parks in Georgia, including water parks in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.
Six Flags Over Georgia
The biggest amusement park in GA, Six Flags Over Georgia is one of 25 Six Flags parks located around the world. Located ten minutes west of downtown Atlanta, the park features dozens of thrill rides, family rides and kids’ rides over nearly 300 acres of property. Characters from Looney Tunes and DC Comics roam the park for photo opportunities and their stories form the backdrop of many rides and attractions.
Many visitors come to ride the roller coasters, including Goliath, Six Flags Over Georgia’s intense 70 MPH coaster that soars 200 feet into the sky. With ever-increasing drop heights and a dizzying 540-degree spiral, coaster addicts will want to master the beast more than once. Over a dozen additional coasters and thrill rides keep guests on the move all day, including the classic wooden Scream Machine and its little sibling, the Dahlonega Mine Train.
A children’s area features smaller, gentler versions of adult thrill rides and guests of all ages can enjoy family rides such as the steam engine train, Riverview Carousel and Hanson Cars. From May through September, Hurricane Harbor is open and included in regular park admission. With a wave pool, several large waterslides and the Paradise Island sprawling kids’ water playground, this Atlanta water park completes the summertime Six Flags experience.
Multiple dining and shopping experiences are available inside Six Flags Atlanta, and seasonal events, such as Fright Nights in the fall and Holiday in the Park, make return trips inevitable. Six Flags tickets for daily admission start at $51.99, and the park offers a variety of season passes and annual memberships that can be paid by the month. Six Flags hours vary throughout the year, but on most days the park is open between 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. During the summer months, the park remains open until 10 p.m.
Six Flags White Water
In addition to Hurricane Harbor, the Six Flags water park described above, the Six Flags corporation operates another water park 20 miles northwest of the city. White Water Atlanta occupies nearly 70 acres in Marietta, GA and includes dozens of thrilling waterslides and interactive water adventures for all ages. Relax on the lazy river, splash with the kids in Captain Kid’s Cove or take a heart-racing plunge down the park’s tallest slide, the Dive Bomber.
Six Flags White Water Atlanta park admission is included in most Six Flags membership plans and season pass packages. Daily tickets are available for $48.99. Daily admission for children under 48” tall is $43.99 and children age two and younger are admitted free. Cabanas and inner tubes can be rented for an additional fee. The park is open from mid-May through mid-September. Hours of operation can vary, but are usually 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One of the smaller amusement parks in Atlanta, Legoland Discovery Center packs a lot of fun into its borders. Lego-lovers of all ages have embraced Legoland Atlanta as one of the best ways to while away an afternoon. Located in the heart of Buckhead, upstairs at Phipps Plaza mall, it includes 10 build and play zones, two rides, a 4D theater and building mini-classes taught by Lego master builders.
Adults can enjoy discovering Atlanta’s top attractions in miniature, recreated in Atlanta Lego Miniland. There is a snack café and plenty of seating for parents to relax while the children play. Tickets may be purchased online or at the gate and prices range from $22.95 to $37.95. Annual passes are available and group tickets can be purchased at a discount. Legoland Atlanta Discovery Center is open year round. It takes approximately two hours for a typical visit, but guests are welcome to stay all day. Standard opening times are as follows, and the last admission is allowed two hours before the posted closing time:
- Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Great Wolf Lodge
One of the newest water parks in Georgia, the Great Wolf Lodge resort is located approximately one hour southwest of Atlanta in LaGrange. The resort complex includes a hotel, indoor water park, dry-land activities and multiple dining options. Non-water activities include mini bowling, mini golf, obstacle courses, rock climbing and an arcade. Guests must purchase an additional “Paw Pass” package to utilize these activities.
The Great Wolf Lodge’s expansive indoor water park is included with every hotel stay, and day passes are also available for purchase by registered guests for non-guest visitors. This Atlanta water park includes over a dozen water activities and slides for guests of all ages and abilities. The water is kept at a warm 84 degrees year-round, making it a perfect winter retreat.
Resort stay-and-play packages start at $189.99 per night for a family of four. Day passes for non-guests are available for $40. The water park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Wild Adventures Theme Park
A hidden gem among theme parks in GA, Valdosta’s Wild Adventures Theme Park combines the best attributes of a zoo and amusement park. Valdosta is located near the Florida state line, approximately three hours south of Atlanta. The park offers a variety of roller coasters, thrill rides, family-friendly and kid-friendly rides. Animal exhibits include tropical and native birds, elephants, zebras, giraffes, primates and rhinos. Dozens of insects, reptiles and amphibians are also on display.
Wild Adventures GA theme park is a popular South Georgia concert venue and general concert seats are included with park admission. Daily admission tickets are available starting at $39.99 and season passes cost $84.99. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with extended hours on certain holidays and weekends.
During the warmer months, your Wild Adventures ticket includes admission to its adjacent Georgia water park, Splash Island. It features a 20,000 square foot wave pool, a lazy river, a children’s water playground and several thrilling water slides. Splash Island opens in mid-April and closes after Labor Day. Operating hours may vary, but it is generally open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.