Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/18/24

Guests experience what’s ‘making waves’ at the exhilarating Fins Up Water Park, new resort-style cabanas, double the number of inflatables and much more

No gate fee 5/18-5/19!

Fins Up Water Park (formerly Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Water Park) unveiled its new, highly anticipated Fins Up Falls waterslide complex yesterday, which features Georgia’s first and largest waterslide coaster, Apocalypso. To celebrate the occasion, Fins Up hosted more than 60 of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier’s middle and high school students. The group, who were among the first to ride the revolutionary slide, also received a $1,500 donation.

“We are grateful to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands for their incredible generosity,” said Anastasia Legakes, COO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. “The donation will make a significant impact on the programs we offer here at the Boys and Girls Club of Lanier, ensuring that we can continue to empower and uplift the youth in our community. We are especially thrilled that our kids were the first to experience the exhilarating rush of the brand-new waterslide, Apocalypso.”

Apocalypso is one slide incorporated into the four-slide tower, which spans 418 feet and features the most significant drop of its kind in the U.S. The slide sends riders on an adventure through steep hills and valleys at an average water speed of 30 mph before a dramatic final descent onto a massive wave wall.

The water park also debuted three additional slides for the 2024 season, bringing its total number of attractions to 18.

  • Serpentine Storm: Thrilling rotations combined with a downward-spiraling descent.
  • Dreamsicle Dive: High-intensity fun with closed and open tubes for an exhilarating ride.
  • Mango Mania: Perfect for younger thrill-seekers.

“Our goal is to provide the best water park experience for guests, and what better way than bring the first waterslide coaster to Georgia on the shores of Lake Lanier,” said Bucky Perry, Vice President of Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. “We believe in providing guests with the best customer experience possible and I’m confident we will exceed their expectations with our updates at Fins Up Water Park.”

In addition to Fins Up Falls, the water park doubled the Aquatic Adventure inflatable obstacle course in Lake Lanier, providing guests with increased capacity and numerous opportunities to jump and splash in the lake.

For those seeking a retreat amidst the excitement, guests can enjoy the new resort-style cabana rental program poolside. The spacious cabanas offer cozy seating, sling chaises, Wi-Fi, and tables, all available for daily rental. Accommodating up to 10 people, cabana guests can enjoy personal service with advance bookings available on the park’s website. Large poolside cabanas are priced at $299 for a full-day rental, while smaller-scale beachside palapas are $199.

Additional upgrades include a new ticketing and Point of Sale (POS) system featuring high-tech wristbands for a seamless park experience and LandShark Bar & Grill’s expanded food and beverage offerings, including breakfast on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fins Up Water Park will operate daily from May 23 until Labor Day, plus additional weekends. The hours of operation can be found here.

The 2024 Season Pass, priced at $129.99, includes admission for the entire summer season, waiving the $20 gate fee into Lanier Islands on every visit. The Season Pass is currently discounted at $99.99 through May 31. Families purchasing two season passes will enjoy free admission for children ages three to five.

For more information on season passes, visit