With temperatures already climbing well above 90 degrees, it’s safe to say that this summer will be just like all the others in Georgia: Hot. Two easy ways to escape the brutal Georgia heat during the summer are to either hop in your air-conditioned car and go for a drive or jump into the nearest convenient pool.
However, there are also more fun and adventurous ways to beat the heat this summer. As temperatures rise, take a break from your usual activities and cool off by exploring one (or all) of these picturesque destinations in Georgia.
Located just forty-five minutes away from Atlanta, LanierWorld is home to a number of family-friendly water park activities, from the South’s largest wave pool, Wild Waves, to the Raging River, and a collection of other rides, slides, and dining options. If your family loves to spend time cooling off outdoors during the summer, you can purchase day passes or season passes, which come with a number of great benefits for both adults and children.
2. Lake Chatuge
Lake Chatuge is located in Hiawassee, GA, near the North Carolina State Line. If you’re looking for a great reservoir that offers a variety of water activities, then this is the place for you. With 132 miles of shoreline to explore, you have the option to go swimming, boating, hiking, water skiing, and more. Use one of the many public boat ramps to launch your boat for a morning of water skiing before heading over to the Towns County Recreational Beach to swim along the shore, visit the playground, or have a scenic picnic in the cool mountain air.
3. Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain
Located just over an hour away from Atlanta, Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain is a great choice for family vacations. With miles of nature trails, swimming, world-class tennis facility, golf courses, a butterfly center, and more, there is something for every taste and personality. Plus, this destination boasts a unique attraction with the white-sand beaches of Robin Lake Beach. Between tubing, zip lining, wakeboarding, water skiing, and spa packages, your entire group will have more than enough to keep them busy for a day or weekend trip.
4. Edge of the World
Hidden away along the Amicalola River Trail outside of Dawsonville, GA is a beautiful swimming hole known as the Edge of the World. This picturesque swimming spot has a number of natural water slides and rapids that you can tube down, as well as calm pools of cool, clear water for a relaxing swim on a hot day. When it starts to get sweltering hot this summer, put on your swimsuit, pack up some lunch, and take a day trip with your family or a group of friends to the Edge of the World.
5. Wild Adventures
Wild Adventures is an all-in-one theme park, water park, and animal park located in Valdosta, GA. This park offers a variety of thrilling roller coasters and water rides loved by kids and adults alike. Plus, you can take a break to take in one of the park’s all-star concerts and see hundreds of exotic creatures from around the world. Because it’s also affordable to visit Wild Adventures, this is a great choice for a family activity during the summer.
There are endless ways to escape the heat the summer heat—the Aquarium, the World of Coke, and of course, Six Flags are also great ideas for you and your family! What is your favorite way to beat the summer heat?