Favorite water park: LanierWorld or White Water?

We are coming to visit my parents next week for my dad’s 70th birthday, and we want to take the kids to a water park.

We used to go to Lake Lanier all the time as kids. We went to the water slides when they first opened but I am sure they have been reconfigured since then. I think we only went to White Water a couple of times when it first opened. I haven’t been to either in a really long time.

Price-wise they are pretty comparable. You can buy ahead to save money at White Water and LanierWorld has a 2-for-1 deal on Wednesdays.

LanierWorld –all-day, all-attractions passes

Adult/Child over 42 inches tall – $35

Under 42 inches and Seniors 55 plus – $20

Now it also says that on Wednesdays you can get in 2 for 1 with a coupon from Chick-Fil-A.

White Water’s website says:

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TICKET PRICES AT THE PARK

General Admission $39.99 Child Under 48″ $29.99 2 & Under FREE

So which park do you recommend? Is there one that is more fun, cleaner, easier to get around, easier to keep up with the kids? I think my parents will come too so we can split up with the kids. (Big kids, big rides, Lilina smaller rides.) My final question is what do you do with your glasses/sunglasses on water slides? I truly cannot see without my prescription sunglasses but I don’t want to smash them up. Has anyone else had this issue?

33 comments Add your comment

Mayhem

July 12th, 2013
7:05 am

TWG – if you go to Lanier, you will be surprised at how full the lake is. There isn’t much beach at the Water Park like in the past. We are over full pond, last time I went over the dam (this past Sunday), it read 1,074 feet. 1,071 is full……we have had A LOT of rain!!!!!

I used to go float with friends last summer, just a few of us and we would drive up to Shoals Creek Park. We had to walk quite a ways to get to the water. Now, the water is up to the parking lot. There’s no beachy areas……Even off Samples, another favorite place, there was no beach. There was really no where to even stop and sit and take pictures. The water was all the way up to the trees……it’s amazing.

Mayhem

July 12th, 2013
7:05 am

I recommend Lanier, only because it’s so close to me. About a 10 minute drive.

FCM

July 12th, 2013
7:15 am

My favorite was always swimming out at Stone Mountain. However they closed it years ago.

I had season pass to White Water from 1984 – 88. I took my kids last year and they loved it.

Then again, I live maybe 15 min from White Water if I hit all the traffic lights.

FCM

July 12th, 2013
7:22 am

As I recall my Mom put a strap on her glasses like the one she used for tennis. And just made sure to keep track of them. She cannot see at all withou hers either.

Becky

July 12th, 2013
7:27 am

Have never been to Lanier…Last year we had season passes for White Water/Six Flags, so the kids went there at least 3-4 times per week,,

As for glasses, I just wear mine on my head..So far, so good..

homeschooler

July 12th, 2013
7:42 am

We’re White Water people. But that’s because we live in Cobb. Never been to LanierWorld. If you go to White Water get there early, go straight to the Activity pool and get some chairs. It’s the area with slides and a pool with a big red mushroom. It’s the best place for parents to sit if they have kids between about 6 and 12 yrs old. The big kids can ride several slides right there. You can leave your stuff (bags/towels) at your chair and walk around the park.

btw.. I was out of town the last few days and just weighed in on the child abuse discussion from the other day.

motherjanegoose

July 12th, 2013
8:04 am

I have lived in GA for 24 years this month and never been to either park. I am closer to Lake Lanier and have been there several times. Beautiful drive when the leaves are changing!

Mayhem

July 12th, 2013
8:08 am

Last time I was at White Water, it was SO crowded, you had no space at all. Kids were cutting in lines, parents are no where to be seen, and it’s just not my scene. However, I did like to camp out at the wave pool……and float in the “Little Hooch”??? I don’t care for the big water slides. I do like the ones you can get several people into the raft……

But it’s too crowded for me. I like my space.

DB

July 12th, 2013
8:16 am

I prefer Lanier — it’s more spread out, you don’t feel quite so claustrophobic, it has a real beach (well, as much of a one as it can manage this year, but still, real sand), and to me, it’s more relaxing. I always felt besieged at White Water, getting there early enough to stake out chairs, and then dealing with the hordes of kids with no supervision. Lanier just seems so much more . . . civilized. :-)

DB

July 12th, 2013
8:17 am

Instead of a water park, have you considered taking the kids tubing? Helen’s not that far, and if they’ve never been, they might enjoy the novelty. So peaceful!

Mayhem

July 12th, 2013
9:38 am

Tubing in Helen is a blast!! We go every year in August, to celebrate my BFF’s birthday. This year, about 30 of us are going…….all the husbands/boyfriends and kids will be joining us. Last year, it was girls only!

We like to spend the night up there at the Lodge at Unicoi!! The kids would love that lodge. The rooms have lofts with two mattresses. The younger kids have always loved those rooms. Plus, you get two free breakfast buffets with every room…..

Techmom

July 12th, 2013
9:55 am

Helen has a small water park there now as well. Some of our friends went last week and had a blast. You can get a combo-deal (water park and tubing). The water park is not nearly as big but also a lot cheaper and not as crazy as WW.

It’s been several years since we’ve been to either water park but I like Lanier better as well simply from the perspective that there was more room.

FCM

July 12th, 2013
9:58 am

If you go to Helen have breakfast at Hoffers! I just love that apple thing they make. I stayed at the Heidi Hotel when I went. Cute little place.

Techmom

July 12th, 2013
10:01 am

TWG – http://www.helentubing.com $15 per person for water park and tubing

PHR

July 12th, 2013
11:36 am

If you are looking for less people then I would suggest the stuff in Helen also. White Water and Lanier’s waterpark are both crowded and too expensive. It really isn’t that far up 400 or 85.

LL

July 12th, 2013
11:46 am

Recently went to White Water and witnessed kids spitting on people from the tower that leads to one of the rides. On another ride, a girl who had just gotten off refused to give up her mat to the child who was next in line until an adult spoke up and made her. Even then, she eventually caught up to the child and ripped the mat back out of his hands! Both issues were brought to the attention of staff at those rides, but it didn’t do any good. I guess in a place like this, you’re always going to see “humanity at its finest” but it’s very discouraging. We had a better experience at Lanier. It was less crowded and a little less rowdy. They may not have the newest, most extreme rides, but there are plenty of different water rides for the adventurous and not-so-adventurous among us.

yuki

July 12th, 2013
11:52 am

The First and last time we went to Whitewater, the wave pool caught on fire and they forced everyone to leave immediately. There was only one way out (the front) so you had thousands of sweaty, wet people (some only in their bathing suits) all cramming the entrance to try to get out. My husband luckily (although almost getting arrested) got our car keys from the locker so we were able to just get to the car and leave but I know some people were stuck in the parking lot for hours. Not exactly a fun time. I guess we don’t have the best of luck when it comes to activities (got stuck on the Truiumph in February). Oh well. I agree, tubing in Helen sounds like a lot more fun.

yuki

July 12th, 2013
11:52 am

** I guess I should have said the MOTOR of the wave pool

FCM

July 12th, 2013
12:16 pm

@ Mayhem, my father did/designed the dining facitlity at Lodge at Unicoi. I had not even thought about that place.

Mayhem

July 12th, 2013
12:32 pm

FCM – they are in the process of a multi-million dollar renovation of the entire Lodge up there! It’s been going on since last summer. Of course the rates are rising with this renovation. What used to be an $85 room (last August) is now $109. Still worth it in my opinon!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

July 12th, 2013
1:10 pm

This is all good to know — i really appreciate it. — The Helen idea is a good one. my mom is fairly obsessed with Helen — I don’t know if she would tube with us — she doesn’t like to get her hair wet. But I think the kids would like that — They do it here in the Salt River but it’s 120 freaking degrees so you really can’t go now. we saw lots of boats launching on the snake river in Wyoming — so the kids might like that — good thoughts!!!

Chris

July 12th, 2013
1:37 pm

Public pools give me the creeps, especially water parks where there are lots of kids around. Who knows what they are doing in the water. Lakes are almost as bad, brown brackish water. No thank you, give me a real beach anyday or just a backyard private pool.

Mayhem

July 12th, 2013
2:12 pm

Going to a real beach tomorrow with my entire family….Panama City Beach, FL, here we come!!!!!!

Have a great week everyone…..see ya the week of the 22nd!!!

Syren

July 12th, 2013
2:48 pm

We were disappointed with Lanier World. I know total blasphemy here in these parts. For us the price did not justify the park. There are a handful of water slides. And you said that you went as kids, I would say that everything looked so worn down and outdated it probably is about the same as when you went as kids.

melshop

July 12th, 2013
3:39 pm

Been to both many times. Like both for different reasons. However, was disappointed the last time we went to White Water. We took our nieces (12 and 10) and, while they enjoyed the slides, activities, lazy river etc., they said they like Lanier better because there were fewer people. Overall, the impression was White Water was a bit nasty. Stuff floating in the water, people were pretty rude in the wave pool, overall cleanliness of the park. Couldn’t find a tube for the wave pool for at least an hour.

Tubing in Helen...

July 12th, 2013
4:14 pm

…is just that, tubing – not to be confused with white water rafting, just a lazy float along the water, though this year Helen is quite crowded on weekends. So it is highly doubtful that your mom would get her hair wet, but it is a possibility with splashing, etc…

USMC2841

July 12th, 2013
4:41 pm

Lanier World has coupons available at Publix, QT and other locales. They even double certain ones on Mondays. It seems as though Lanier World is trying to make improvements to draw in new customers. The last time I was at White Water ~ 3 years ago it hadn’t changed since the early 90’s and even then half of the rides were unmanned and close.

catlady

July 13th, 2013
12:28 pm

My favorite–the Cartecay River! A REAL “water park!”

kfsyt

July 13th, 2013
2:36 pm

It’s highly unlikely your mom would get her hair wet at Helen. It is a fun time!! A good bit cheaper than either of the water parks.

East Cobb Parent

July 14th, 2013
12:00 am

I have 2 boys, ages 12 & 15. Their expert opinion is the rides are better at WW, but the lines are shorter at Lanier.

Old School

July 14th, 2013
8:54 pm

Slip ‘n Slide.

Dilly

July 16th, 2013
7:57 am

They are both equally nasty.