Roller coasters and amusement park rides might have gotten their start in the U.S. at parks like Cedar Point and the boardwalks of the Atlantic Coast, but there’s no shortage of fun family places to play down south, either. Just within a two-hour drive or less, there are five fantastic amusements parks near Atlanta, Georgia.
Some are always updating to tie into the latest pop culture crazes, others offer a way to cool off from the humid summers, and others promise adventure inspired by the swamps and wetlands you’ll find further south. We’re proud that we offer a mix of the latest thrills, refreshing water rides, and the timeless quality that will take adults back to yesteryear and introduce little ones to the unparalleled fun of spinning, flying, whirling, and looping on ride after ride, cotton candy and funnel cake in hand.
- Lake Winnepesaukah: Lake Winnepesaukah has been thrilling families for almost a century— longer than any other amusement park near Atlanta, Georgia. With classic rides like the antique Carrousel and our world famous wooden roller coaster, the Cannon Ball, plus modern favorites like our splashtacular water park, SoakYa, there is excitement for every age. Lake Winnnepsaukah was named one of the America’s top 10 favorite family amusement park by Travel and Leisure magazine. Best of all, Lake Winnie is just two hours from Atlanta and minutes from downtown Chattanooga, making it easy to work Lake Winnie into a day trip from Atlanta or a longer family getaway. Learn more about Lake Winnie by visiting our main website.
- Six Flags Over Georgia: This amusement park near Atlanta GA has a reputation for big thrills with a comic book bent, with attractions like the 11-story Georgia Scorcher, Batman: The Ride, and Superman: Ultimate Flight. It’s a big, busy park with multiple gates and lots to see and do. And although Six Flags White Water is just fifteen miles away, there’s a water park added to Six Flags Over Georgia itself where you can cool off after the other rides get you amped up.
- Wild Adventures Theme Parks: What started out as a petting zoo on former farmland in the mid-1990s has grown into a nature-themed amusement park near Atlanta GA. Now Wild Adventures boasts several roller coasters and flat rides that follow the “wild” theme, with an especial emphasis on alligators. Kids will love bravely crossing a swinging bridge over the park’s gator pit, spinning in the belly of giant alligators on one of the rides, and soaking up edutainment at the gator nursery on site. Adults will get an extra kick out of seeing the same theme park where the movie Zombieland was filmed in 2009. Visit their website today to learn more!
- Skyline Park Atlanta: It’s hard to find an amusement park near Atlanta, GA that’s closer to the city than Skyline Park. Perched on top of the Ponce City Market is an old school arcade with beer and hot dogs for the grownups, classic boardwalk games of chance for all, and a fun wavy slide for the little ones. Skyline Park hosts weeknight movies on the roof, too, as well as miniature golf and rides like the climb-and-drop Heege Tower. Because everything is situated on the roof, Skyline Park lives up to the name with incredible views of Atlanta while you play.
As you can see, whether you’re up for a drive or a quick jaunt downtown, there’s an amusement park near Atlanta, Georgia for everyone, no matter what type of adventure you’re hoping for. If you really want to make it an epic summer or vacation in the southeast, though, we suggest you try all four! There’s nothing like theme park hopping to add to those one-of-a-kind roller coaster thrills.