10 Atlanta Pools You’re Probably Missing Out On

To cool off this summer, head to these hotel, public, and waterpark pools across Atlanta.

This time two years ago, public pools were thought to be a thing of the past. Now, with some of the state’s mandates relaxing a bit, and the weather beginning to heat up, many of the city’s residents are looking for a place to sit back and enjoy the summer months. So, whether you enjoy the ambiance of the Wet Deck at the W, or you’re a fan of the traditional style of the pool at Candler Park, the city of Atlanta has plenty of options to choose from. Dive in!

Jonesboro
The all-purpose aquatic center on Tara Boulevard has become a popular place for anyone who lives in the Atlanta area. It has an open area for recreational swimming, a lap pool for exercise, and they’ve even got a warm water hydro-therapy pool equipped for seniors. The center is open from 8 am - 9 pm during the week, and 9 am - 6 pm on Saturdays.
Cost: $5/day pass

Cobb County Government
Seven Springs Water Park | Cobb County Government

Powder Springs
If you’re ever in Cobb County this summer, Seven Springs is definitely a spot you have to hit. This water park accommodates people young, old, and everybody in between. It features two water slides and a splash pad for the kiddies, along with a large pool area for family fun. You can also bring your appetite because the facility also has a full-service concession stand.
Cost: $9/day pass

Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta

Cumberland
You can do so much more at Battery Park than just watch baseball. Along with fine dining options and quaint retail stores, you can spend those beautiful summer evenings by Omni Hotel’s luxurious pool. Sit back and relax with the establishment’s convenient food and beverage service, enjoy a live DJ on Saturdays from 12 pm - 4 pm, get your meditation on during their Sunday morning yoga sessions, and fellowship with friends and family at the Lawn Games starting at 5 pm.
Cost: $60 and up/day pass via ResortPass

Piedmont Park ATL
Piedmont Park ATL

Midtown
Having reopened at reduced capacity, the Piedmont Park Pool officially opened back up during Memorial Day Weekend. As the name suggests, it’s located right at Piedmont Park, making for an easily accessible outdoor pool. The pristine aquatic center features four lap lanes, a little lazy river-style current channel, and a large beach entry. And for all the deal hunters out there, free swim takes place weekdays from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Cost: $5/day pass

 Six Flags White Water
Six Flags White Water

Marietta
Sure, Six Flags White Water isn’t a pool tucked away in a local neighborhood park, but it does boast one of the coolest pools in the city. In addition to several water-based attractions, the amusement park houses the Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool, a 700,000-gallon that will cool you off while hitting you with ocean-size waves.
Cost: $29.99

Candler Park
You can’t beat a free trip to the pool, and that’s exactly what the Candler Park Pool—as well as all of the City of Atlanta pool locations—is offering this summer. The recently reopened pool will be operating at limited capacity this summer from 12:30 pm to 8 pm every day, so if you’re looking for a pocket-friendly pool to frequent over the next few months, the Candler Park Pool is the one for you.
Cost: Free

Waldorf Astoria Atlanta
Waldorf Astoria Atlanta

Buckhead
Even though outdoor pools get the love during the summer; indoor pools offer even more shelter from Atlanta’s sweltering heat. The Waldorf Astoria Atlanta (formerly known as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) is offering its luxurious indoor pool to both its guests and pool-deprived locals. If you fall into the latter category, you just need to purchase a day pass from the hotel and reserve a time to go enjoy a refreshing indoor swim.
Cost: $75/day pass

Peachtree Heights
Even before COVID, Atlanta’s pools were regularly turning away people due to consistently reaching capacity, so with many of them operating at reduced capacity this summer, it’s likely going to be even more difficult to successfully go for a dip around the city. If that sounds far too stressful for you, go ahead and reserve a time slot at the Garden Hills Pool. This gorgeous pool is strictly adhering to a reservation system this summer, so you can take the chance out of your next trek to the pool by securing a two-hour swim session.
Cost: $5/pass

W Atlanta - Downtown
W Atlanta - Downtown

Buckhead
The fact that The W Atlanta Downtown’s pool is called the “Wet Deck” should already let you know that you’re in for something special. Offering unparalleled views of Downtown’s skyline, The W’s rooftop pool is a sight to behold. In contrast to other rooftop pools, the Wet Deck is still covered to protect you from the sun, and there is plenty of lavishly designed poolside furniture. Plus, it’s one of the few local hotels that is still welcoming guests to enjoy its amenities without committing to a full stay.
Cost: $25-45/day pass via ResortPass

Swimply
Swimply

Locations vary
While looking at any of these amazing pools, you likely at one point or another thought to yourself, “Those pools are going to be packed all summer-long.” And if you did, you’d probably be right. Some people may be cool with it, but if you’re still being extremely careful considering the ongoing pandemic, you can also rent a private nearby pool using Swimply. Yes, one of your fellow Atlantans has a dazzling pool in their backyard that they’re willing to let you use, and thanks to Swimply, you can pay a little bit more to have it all to yourself for an hour or two.
Cost: Prices vary

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor for Thrillist.

Okla Jones is an Atlanta-based journalist who writes about food, fine arts, and entertainment. His work also appears in ESSENCE, Creative Loafing Atlanta, and Consequence of Sound. Follow him on Instagram at @coolhandoak.