With temperatures near 100°F almost every day for the last week, it’s good to know the best places in your neighborhood to cool off. A bonus: these are all low-cost or FREE!
Lake Lanier Parks
Maybe the best way to cool off is to take a dip in Lake Lanier’s refreshing waters. With over 50 corps, state, county, and city parks along its 680-mile shoreline, there is a place on Lake Lanier for everyone. Our favorite in Gwinnett is Buford Dam Park, where car admission is just $4 at the gate or $1 for pedestrians. This park has a beach with a designated swim area, picnic tables, volleyball and basketball courts, playgrounds, and covered pavilions. All you need is a beach towel and a cold beverage. For a complete listing of other Lake Lanier Public Parks and what they offer (including campgrounds), click HERE.
Splash Pads & Fountains
Duluth Town Green Fountain – This massive fountain is open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. When you’re done splashing, grab a quick bite to eat at nearby restaurants, all within walking distance.
Suwanee Big Splash – An interactive fountain with 43 jets, Suwanee Big Splash uses up to 1,400 gallons of water per minute. It’s free and open seven days a week, located on the Suwanee Town Square just minutes from sandwich shops, ice cream parlors, and pizza places.
Mall of Georgia Splash Pad – Located just outside the food court, the Mall of Georgia Splash Pad is interactive and right in the middle of restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Changs. Do some shopping, grab an ice cream cone, and even step inside the mall for a movie and popcorn.
Gwinnett Aquatic Centers
Collins Hill Aquatic Center – Located at 2200 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville, this aquatic center includes a 25-yard by 25-meter swimming/diving competition pool that is open year-round. There is also an outdoor leisure pool with a river channel open for the summer months. There are water play structures big and small and two giant slides. Admission is nominal for Gwinnett County residents and just a little more for others.
Bogan Park Aquatic Center – Found at 2723 Bogan Road in Buford, this indoor aquatic center includes a competition pool and a leisure pool with water play structures and a giant water slide. Again, there is a nominal entry fee scale for residents that is higher for those who live outside Gwinnett.
We hope this list is enough to keep you busy and cool this summer. Gwinnett County has so many free or low-cost ways to enjoy the summer sunshine without spending a fortune just to keep cool!
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