Kayaking Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia
Kayaking Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia

5 Georgia Spots to Cool Your Jets this Summer

There is no denying the summer heat, but these sensational spots for cooling off in Georgia will having you craving that sunshine!

Tubing in Helen, Georgia

Tubing in Helen, Georgia

Tubing in Helen

Whether you select Cool River Tubing or Helen Tubing & Waterpark, you can't go wrong hitting the Chattahoochee River in Helen! Kids as young as 3 years old can adventure, and your pups are welcome to tube, also! Choose how long you'd like to float -- from one hour to 2.5 hours -- and then kick back and relax as the current slowly carries you through the summer day.

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Pontoon boat on Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia

Boating on Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia

Boating on Lake Blackshear

Lake Blackshear Resort sits on the 8,700-acre lake of the same name in Cordele. With a weekend stay, you can cool off in the water with a pontoon boat or kayak. Pontoon boats can hold up to 12 people for family fun, fishing and cruising. Kayaks allow everyone to be the captain of their own ships and navigate the calm lake waters watching for wildlife and enjoying the cool paddling experience.

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Wahoo Racer water slide at Six Flags Whitewater in Marietta, Georgia

Wahoo Racer water slide at Six Flags Whitewater in Marietta, Georgia

Splashing in the Metro

Choose from large water parks like Six Flags Over Georgia's Hurricane Harbor or Six Flags White Water (pictured above) … or take an intimate approach with splash pad fun like Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta or the Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy a splashy cruise down the state’s largest lazy river at Spivey Splash Water Park in Jonesboro, or go jump in the lake at Acworth Beach at Cauble Park in Acworth. From thrilling water slides to relaxing beach vibes, the metro Atlanta area has it all.

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Savannah Canoe and Kayak group tour

Savannah Canoe and Kayak

Kayaking on the Georgia Coast

With Savannah Canoe and Kayak outfitters, you'll love a private family kayaking tour, PLUS beachcombing time on Little Tybee Island. Rates are very affordable for a half-day, and you can travel with kids as young as 2 years old. Or, choose a full-day tour and spend time out of the boat hiking on island trails and relaxing in a hammock over lunch. 

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Woman on sliding rock at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, Georgia. Photo by @geocachingkaity

Sliding Rocks in North Georgia

In the summer, visitors to Watson Mill Bridge State Park enjoy playing on the river's "sliding rocks" just below the bridge, the longest covered bridge in the state. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the shore after splashing around in the water.

Or, brave Bridal Veil Falls at Tallulah Falls State Park, another natural water slide in North Georgia that sends swimmers rushing into a pool at the bottom. At Tallulah Gorge, you'll need a free permit. Get there early because the number of permits are limited and often run out.

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Published: March 2024
Written by: Lesli Peterson
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