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Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park

Creative Ways to Cool Off

by Nikki Welch | Jezebel magazine | June 20, 2011

Immerse yourself in wildlife and a take a cool dip at the Georgia Aquarium as you swim with whale sharks on the Journey with Gentle Giants. Everyone is supplied with the necessary equipment to swim in the tank, and splashing around with the largest fish in the world is one experience you won’t soon forget. georgiaaquarium.org

Or join your fellow Atlantans every fourth Saturday this summer for Family Fun Days in Centennial Olympic Park. The free event features hobby enthusiasts, artisans and entertainers from all over the Southeast—and you can splash around in the Fountain of Rings whenever you need some refreshment. centennialpark.com

For a taste of something seriously cool, stop by Jake’s Ice Cream. With creative flavors like Coffee & Doughnuts, Margarita Sorbet and Cinnamon Apple Piescream, it’s hard to pick just one. Jake’s also offers traditional favorites to tickle your tastebuds, as well as dairy free and vegan options. You can find Jake’s tasty creations at several popular Atlanta restaurants or at their shop in the Irwin Street Market. jakesicecream.com

Beat the heat by hitting Six Flags White Water and taking part in the Atlanta Duck Derby benefiting Special Olympics Georgia. If you thought rubber ducky was the one before, wait until you see hundreds of them racing to the finish line of the Little Hooch. You can adopt a duck, or several and, if your duck is a top finisher, you receive some unbelievable prizes. Either way, you get to spend a day slipping and sliding at the water park, too! duckrace.com/atlanta

Leisure, live music and the lake—you’ll find it all at Sunset Cove, part of Lanierworld at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. By day or night, this lakeside hotspot provides entertainment ranging from a floating stage for live music, a beach, watersports, volleyball courts, miniature golf and more. And don’t miss summer activities like the Legends of the Lake concert June 25 or the Friday night “dive-in” movies—viewed from the comfort of your floatation device as you bob away in the wave pool. How cool is that? lanierworld.com