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If you’ve ever spent a summer in Georgia, you can likely tell stories about how hot and humid the weather can get down here. Of course, the temperatures are much more pleasant when you go up into the North Georgia mountains, but you don’t even have to travel that far to find some relief from the rising mercury and bright sunshine. Here are eight of our all-time favorite ways to beat the summer heat in Georgia!
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Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park is one of the must-visit spots for anyone visiting Atlanta for the first time. But the park is especially fun in the summertime if you’re looking to cool off. The Fountain of Rings is fun to walk through or splash in no matter where you’re from or what age you are. The water feature is the centerpiece of the park and totally free to visit and play in. It’s a safe and zero-depth pool area in the downtown area, and there’s even a Fountain of Rings show that plays four times per day. Four or five songs play with a water fountain display every few hours in the afternoons and evenings.
Cool Off with King of Pops
While there are many sweet treats to make a hot day in Atlanta more bearable, perhaps none are more iconic than King of Pops popsicles. This beloved city tradition began with a simple ice cream pushcart and has grown to become a regional institution. These popsicles typically have just three to five ingredients, giving them a tasty simplicity that’s perfect for summer. Better yet, King of Pops has made nearly 500 different flavors of popsicles! The shop gets its fruit and dairy products from local farms and has both year-around and seasonal flavors available based on what’s in season. And since King of Pops isn’t just for humans, multiple shop locations have delicious and safe treats for dogs too!
Shaded Hiking Trails of North Georgia
If you have the opportunity to take a weekend getaway from Atlanta or southern Georgia and head to the mountainous regions up north, definitely do so. There are some awesome hikes in the North Georgia mountains that are cool, shaded, and refreshingly cool breezes. For example, the Chattahoochee National Forest, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Raven Cliffs Wilderness, and Cohutta Wilderness are all great North Georgia outdoor options with stunning hiking trails. These are lovely places to see a waterfall, rest under a shade tree, and kick off your hiking boots to dip your toes in the water to cool off. In the Cohutta Wilderness, for example, we love the Emery Creek Trail and the Upper and Lower Conasauga River Trails for summertime hikes in Georgia.
Top Golf Alpharetta or Atlanta Midtown
While it may be too hot outside to play a full 18 holes on your favorite Georgia golf course, there’s always Top Golf to keep up with your skills or just do something different that’s fun. There’s a Top Golf Location in Alpharetta and also in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta. Both locations have over 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, full-service restaurants and bars, a rooftop terrace, over 200 HDTVs and free Wi-Fi. If you’re looking to cool off on a budget, head to the hitting bays as early as possible in the day because prices increase as the day goes on. These venues are always fun places to host a birthday party or corporate event, and leagues and lessons are also available if you’re serious about improving your game.
Splash Pads and Pool at Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park is a year-around destination in Atlanta, and there’s always something fun and exciting going on here. In the summertime, locals often head here to spend hot and humid days at the lap pool, lazy river, and splash pads. Kids love playing in the splash pad areas, and there are adult swim hours offered for adults that don’t want to share their cooling off time with a bunch of rambunctious kids. A fun Piedmont Park Conservancy event to attend if you can is the Splish Splash Doggie Bath, which is a dog pool party that draws in over 500 people per day that bring in their pups to actually swim and enjoy some pool time too. The annual event raises money for the Conservancy and is perfect for getting Instagram-worthy shots of your favorite four-legged friend having a blast.
Head to Georgia’s Beaches
Many people forget that Georgia is home to some amazing beaches, so you don’t need to drive all the way to Florida or the Carolina Coast to cool off in the ocean waves. If you’re traveling from Atlanta, you can reach the ocean sand beaches within five hours of driving. When the weather heats up and you’re looking for paradise, head to Tybee Island, St. Simons Island, or Jekyll Island. Sea Island, Cumberland Island National Seashore, and Sapelo Island are also wonderful Georgia destinations to take a dip in the refreshing ocean waters.
Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Over Georgia
One great way to seriously cool off on a hot summer day is to head to Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Over Georgia. This is a water park that’s part of the popular amusement park and has been open since the summer of 2014. With a tropical theme, this water park has a giant wave pool, zero-gravity wave slide, interactive children’s area for young kids, and much more. Admission to Hurricane Harbor is included with your admission cost for Six Flags Over Georgia.
Georgia is also home to one of the best aquariums in the world, and the aquarium is cool and air conditioned for hot and humid summer days. There are lots of programs here to keep you entertained, including the penguin encounter, sea otter encounter, swimming with whale sharks, and the rebreather dive program. In the summer, the Georgia Aquarium is typically open from either 8am or 9pm to 9pm, so there’s plenty of time to stop by and get out of the heat for a while!