If it’s too warm for you this summer in “Hotlanta” it may be time to bring out the boat or fishing rods for some fun on the water.
Only a short drive from the city are numerous places throughout Georgia to enjoy water sports, ranging from lakes and reservoirs to rivers and beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.
The list below highlights seven water-sport havens within a five-hour drive from Atlanta.
Located about two hours north of Atlanta sits the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Helen, Georgia. Its location, combined with its proximity to the Chattahoochee River, makes it an ideal getaway for Atlantans looking to beat the heat. Activities like tubing, rafting and fishing are popular on the Chattahoochee, and Helen Tubing & Waterpark is just one of several places along the river that provides family-friendly water fun.
Kayaking, fishing and boating are all popular pastimes on Lake Oconee. Located about 1.5 hours east of Atlanta, the lake offers a variety of water-sport options and lodging, including The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation resort with lakefront access.
St. Simons Island
Near the Florida border on the Atlantic coast, St. Simons Island offers Atlantans a wide range of ocean activities a 4.5-hour drive from the city. The local Island Dive Center offers scuba and snorkeling lessons as well as diving opportunities near the historic Liberty ship wreckage site. Sailboat charters and kayaking are also popular.
Also on the Atlantic Coast near Florida is Brunswick, another haven for boating, surfing and water sports. Even if you don’t own a boat, you can still partake in a number of aquatic activities like shrimp- and crab-boat tours and blue dolphin sightseeing excursions via ShimpCruise.com. Additional fishing tour information is available via ExploreStSimonsIsland.com.
Savannah and Tybee Island
Do you want your water sports with a side of historical flair? Savannah offers ocean lovers a port city adorned with historic architecture, while nearby Tybee Island is a paradise for water sports fans. Personal watercraft, kayak and scuba gear rentals are available on the island, while Savannah offers boat tours and dolphin cruises of the area. The Bull River Marina is just one of several marinas that allow docking of boats or other aquatic vehicles.
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Located two hours north of Atlanta is Blue Ridge, where area water enthusiasts can try a new sport in the local streams and rivers: stand-up paddling. Surf Blue Ridge offers lessons and equipment rentals for those eager to explore a water sport that’s a cross between surfing and paddle boarding.
Cartersville and Terminus Wake Park
No boat? No problem! The Terminus Wake Park is North America’s largest cable water park. There you can enjoy sports such as water boarding, knee boarding and Jet Skiing without the need of a boat for towing. The Cartersville location is an hour northwest of Atlanta.
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