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AQUAPALOOZA 2013!!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Wave your hands in the air if you feel fine! We’re gonna take it into overtime! Welcome to Aquapalooza!

Sponsored by MarineMax and Sea Ray, Aquapalooza 2013 is going to be a blast this year! In addition to the normal awesomesauce that happens at LanierWorld (water park, mini golf, floating spa, cable park, paddleboards, Boardwalk, etc.), Aquapalooza brings you a ton of great beach games and contests to really make the day amazing. We’ve got bands, volleyball, and cornhole, to name a few things. We’ve got a kids’ and non-kids Hula Hoop competition on the beach! We’ve got the Beach Olympics at Big Beach.B.C. Band, the Digits, and local favorite Riley Biederer all playing around the park. Finally our Big Beach party kicks off with Haywire headlining! Can you even BELIEVE how much fun this is going to be?! And we’ll be there to document the whole thing! Be sure to say hello to our photographers if you see them!

 

Upon entering Sunset Cove, turn your VHF radio to Channel 72. Look for the boats marked with Sea Ray and MarineMax Flags and team members wearing staff shirts to help direct you to a safe and secure anchorage spot. Please be extremely careful as there will be hundreds of boats in the cove. Be sure to come to the registration desk to sign in.

Wave down or radio a MarineMax Water Taxi to get to shore and enjoy the Water Park and Beach activities. You will still need to purchase a Beach Access Pass which is $10.00/person. We will have live entertainment throughout the day, beach activities, and contests. MarineMax will be giving away AquaPalooza T-shirts throughout the day along with other prizes! For those of you who do not receive a T-shirt, MarineMax will have them on sale at their Buford and Cumming locations for only $5.00 while supplies last! T-SHIRTS ARE THE BEST!!

MarineMax will be sending an email with the activity line up for the day of the event, but in the mean time, check out the schedule below.

Also, MarineMax Staff will be monitoring Channel 72 on your VHF radio the entire weekend for questions.

Those of you coming by car will need to pay the $10 gate fee at the main gate. Follow the signs to park at Grand Hall and walk towards the Sunset Cove restaurant to the registration table. Before you enter LanierWorld, you’ll be able to purchase one of our access only passes, or an all attractions pass at the gate. Be sure to grab a “Fun Ashore & More” Weekend Guide for coupons and more details!

Schedule of events: 


-9:00am: Registration
-11:00am-3:30pm: B.C. Band
-12:00pm: Childrens Hula Hoop Contest (ages 14 & under) 
-12:00pm-1:30pm: Volleyball, Corn Hole, Horseshoes
-1:30pm-2:30pm: Beach Olympics: Balloon Toss, Water Shuffle Relay, Kayaking & More
-4:00pm: Hula Hoop Contest (ages 15 & over)
-5:00pm: Haywire Band

Top 10 Lakeside Songs of Summer

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

“No shoes, No shirt, No problems
Blues what blues..hey I forgot them
The sun and the sand and a drink in my hand with no bottom
and no shoes, no shirt, and no problems!”

Kenny Chesney might have phrased it best, but where he likes Mexico, we like Lake Lanier! There really is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with your toes in the sand, listening to some great country music!! And that’s just what we’ll be doing here on Saturday, when 94.9 The Bull sets up shop at LanierWorld from 1-3pm! In honor of that glorious time, we’ve put together a very specific list of our Top 10 Lakeside Songs of Summer, are you ready?? Here we go:

10. We’re starting off with “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran’s Rockabilly classic from 1958. Alan Jackson brought this song back to the top in 1994, and it’s been covered by a ton of artists including the Beach Boys, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and even Joan Jett! We gave it our last spot because Summer’s already down one month and it kind of is giving us the blues.

9. We’re giving the #9 slot to Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” because this is what summer on the lake is all about! “A full moon shinin’ bright, edge of the water; we were feelin’ alright”

8. Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” is the 8 seed. We love this song in particular because it reminds us of hanging out at the Stone Mountain Laser Show back in the day. Remember that song on the mountain? With that cute kid and the barbeque stain on his white t-shirt? That was great.

7. Zac Brown Band is next with “Toes,” a song all about what we love down at Big Beach and Sunset Cove! Toes in the water, toes in the sand, no worries in the world, cold beers in people’s hands. It wouldn’t hurt to win the lottery either… Life is good today, Zac Brown Band! Thanks to you!

6. The #6 spot on our list goes to Luke Bryan and his super-fun-to-dance-like-a-crazy-person song “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” because really, this song is SO FUN TO DANCE TO.

5. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney gets our next slot. We love him so much we gave away some tickets just last week to his upcoming “No Shoes Nation” concert!

4. The #4 spot goes to the one and only Don Henley and “Boys of Summer.” After Henley took a break from drumming and singing for The Eagles, he released this song in 1984 which won him a grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Although The Eagles and Henley have walked the tightrope between rock and country for years, we’re thinking that a song about past relationships, growing up, and summer love is right in line with your typical country summer anthem.

3. Rascal Flatts “Summer Nights” gets the third spot in our list purely for the awesome factor of their music video. That looks like one fun party to us.

2. His name is Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid Rock! In 2008, “All Summer Long” netted Kid Rock his first Top-10 Country hit ever! This incredible Southern summer anthem actually began as a mashup of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Sweet Home Alabama,” which you can easily make out in the chorus vocals and guitar riffs.

And finally…

1. Of COURSE we’re going to go with a lake-centric, chill, totally fun song for the #1 Top Lakeside Song of Summer!! We picked “Pontoon” by Little Big Town! Can’t you just picture yourself chillin’ on a deck chair on your pontoon, a drink from the Tiki Hut in hand, and watchin’ the crew play some volleyball at Sunset Cove? We can’t think of any song that better personifies Summer on Lake Lanier than this one!

What about you? What are your top 10 summer songs? Feel free to leave them in the comment section!

 

BONUS VIDEO!! Eddie Cochran singing his original “Summertime Blues” in 1958!!

FLASH FLOOD OF AWESOMESAUCE ALERT!!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

WOWZA everybody, have we got some amazing news to share with you!!

We know everyone was pretty bummed to hear that our fireworks show was rescheduled for this Saturday, the 6th of July, and we feel just as sad as you! So we’re going to make up for that it by offering a HUGE deal to you loyal, patriotic Americans who know that the number one best thing to do on the 4th of July is hang out all day by the lake, relaxing on the beach, riding some radical water slides, and listening to some sweet, sweet jams.

Here it is, are you ready??

For the 4th of July only, EVERY SINGLE LANIERWORLD GUEST will get an ALL DAY, ALL ACCESS PASS for only $10!! WHAAAAT??? $10 for access to water slides, the beach, mini golf, the Boardwalk, EVERYTHING!!

Whew… Oh what’s that? There’s MORE?!? No way!!

IN ADDITION to that INCREDIBLE offer, we are ALSO giving out raffle tickets to those lucky ducks who swim through the gates between 10am and 2pm. What’s this raffle for, you ask? ONE. THOUSAND. DOLLARS.

You don’t have to clean your screen off, it really does say that we are literally handing out $1,000 STRAIGHT UP to one of you lucky raffle ticket holders! The drawing will be held at 6PM sharp at the BIG BEACH STAGE, and you MUST BE PRESENT to win!

Recap, $10/person ALL day, ALL access. AND if you come in before 2PM, you’ll get a raffle ticket for a $1,000 giveaway! Can you even believe it?!?

Tell your friends, tell your wife, tell everybody because we are alerting you to a straight up FLASH FLOOD of AWESOMESAUCE!!

No rainchecks, though. We’re pretty sure you know it’s going to rain.

Important Information about 4th of July Week/Weekend!!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

We are celebrating July 4th all weekend long! Just a slight change to the schedule, our famous fireworks show will be postponed to Saturday night instead of Thursday night. Join us ALL weekend for tons of live entertainment, including an all-day Rock 100 live remote on Thursday and bands on Big Beach, Gianni’s and Sunset Cove Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be great food and drink specials all weekend long at LanierWorld. Don’t miss out on anything at the Islands during our 4th of July weekend celebration! Visit our website, www.lakelanierislands.com, for a detailed list of events throughout the weekend. Stay connected with us on our Facebook (Lake Lanier Islands) and Twitter (@lanierislands) with constant updates about the weather and schedule changes. Happy Fourth! We’ll see you at the lake!

New JULY Promotions and Specials!!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Guess what, everyone! We have a whole NEW batch of promos and specials for the whole month of July! We kicked off the month by celebrating last year’s hottest-day-of-the-year with free ice cream ALL DAY on July 1st!!

First and foremost, we are very pleased to announce the extension of Military Appreciation Days, which we’ll commemorate every Monday through Thursday. Veterans and military personel with ID cards will get in free with a paying guest!

We’ll also be celebrating another group of our favorite people every Monday through Thursday: Grandparents!! That’s right! Now, with two paying grandkids, grandparents will get in free!

Double Coupon Mondays are now reserved for Publix, so be sure to pick up your $5 off coupons and Publix and bring them to LanierWorld where we’ll count them for $10 off!!

Our loyal Twitter followers will be excited to know that we’re continuing the Twitter Tuesday special! We started with mini beach balls and free fountain drinks, who knows what we’ll give away next!! You’ll have to follow us on Twitter to find out!

And we like that idea so much that we gave QT it’s own day as well! So now Double Coupon Tuesdays are all about the QuikTrip! Same deal as Publix, but with QuikTrip coupons on Tuesdays!

We’ve also decided to extend our Service Hero Wednesdays another month! So bring your firefighting father, your EMT mother, and your police buddy with you on Wednesdays and they’ll get in for free!

All You Can Eat Hot Dog Day - There’s nothing better than a great hot dog on a water park day, except for maybe ALL THE HOTDOGS YOU WANT!! Pay close attention to our social media sites – that’s where we’ll be announcing the news.

 

Red, White, and Luau 4th of July Celebration!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The fourth of July is right around the corner and we could not be more excited!! The whole holiday weekend is going to be jam-packed with music, live entertainment, dancing, awesome interactive activities, fireworks, and of course, LanierWorld water slides and fun! If you’re looking for the details on what promises to be a fabulous weekend, you’ve come to the right place!

Let’s go over the actual holiDAY first, shall we?

First and foremost, on July 4th we are super excited that Lyndsey and Axel from Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5 will be doing a live broadcast at Sunset Cove from noon to 7pm. This is actually going to be really cool because Rock 100.5 is a fantastic radio station, and Lyndsey and Axel are both a lot of fun.

From 11-3pm, our Fun Patrol will be interacting with the kids all around LanierWorld, and let us say, this is extremely fun for the kiddos.

In addition to these cool events, we’ll have live entertainment at both Gianni’s noon to 8pm, the Fun Time Players will play some great dancing music from 3-8pm, Blair Crimmins and the HULAgans will play the Sunset Stage from 4-6pm, followed by the Geeks from 7-9pm.

But it’s not just LanierWorld that will be getting the live music treatment! Legacy Lodge will have live entertainment at the Pool Side Patio from 12:30-4:30, and BULLFROGS will have live music from 6:30-10:30pm. Lounge by the pool and enjoy some great tunes before heading over to BULLFROGS for a tasty dinner!

Finally, when the sky turns dark and everyones eyes have begun to drift skyward, Lake Lanier Islands will be pleased to present a huge fireworks display for your enjoyment and in celebration of our nation’s independence!

 

Friday, July 5th also promises to be a great day, with live entertainment at the Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Gianni’s, and BULLFROGS from 12:30-10:30pm and alternating throughout the day. The Fun Patrol will be out and about again from 11am-3pm, and the Fun Time Players will be playing from 3-8pm.

Additionally, Friday is Flip Flop Friday, presented by Marine Max at Sunset Cove! Ditch work and come out early for drink specials and DJ requests all night long!

The No Shoes Nation ticket giveaway will be sponsored by Miller and Kicks 101.5 at Sunset Cove, too! For every Miller product you purchase, we’ll drop your name in the bucket for a raffle to win tickets to the August 3rd No Shoes Nation Kenny Chesney concert in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome!


Also on Friday we’ll be featuring two Dive In Movies! “Free Willy,” a classic from the early 90s about a boy trying to help a killer whale get back to the ocean, will play at the WavePool at 8:30pm, and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” the tale of a courageous and defiant young horse in the Wild West, will play at Legacy Lodge.

 

Saturday, July 6th will be a typically enjoyable day at the Lake. Once again the Fun Patrol will be interacting with kids around the Family Fun Park from 11-3pm. Also, there will be live entertainment at Gianni’s, Legacy Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Boardwalk, Sunset Cafe, and BULLFROGS throughout the day beginning at noon. Our Saturdays are particularly awesome because we host Big Beach Parties on a weekly basis, so come out to Big Beach and see the Mike Veal Band from 5-9pm.

Sunday, July 7th should be excellent as well, as live music will entertain guests all over the park all day long beginning at noon.

And if you haven’t booked a plan for this holiday yet, we’ve got you covered! We are still running our GOTOFUN promo!!

From June 28-July 6, with rates starting at $149/night and INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld, this is a deal you DO NOT want to miss!!

So come on out this weekend and enjoy a magnificent staycation with us here at Lake Lanier Islands!! And hey, have a happy 4th of July!! ‘Murica!

All Ashore and More!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

We have begun distributing these awesome weekly informational flyers for what’s happening all over Lake Lanier Islands Resort for our guests and visitors! You can find out where the Seafood Buffet will be on Friday, who’s playing at Big Beach on Saturday, and when the party starts at Sunset Cove and plan your vacation according to what you want to see and do! In addition to all of our weekly events like Flip Flop Fridays, you’ll have times and information for special events like the Fun Time Players and Big Beach Parties. And those are just at LanierWorld! Fun Ashore & More also gives you the times for when our boat rentals begin at Harbor Landing, the hours of operation for Tranquility on the Water, when Kayaks and Paddleboards are available for rental, and the hours for our Lake Lanier Canopy Tours. For pure information, this weekend guide simply can’t be beat.

Without further ado, we are pleased and excited to announce: “Fun Ashore & More: Weekend Guide to What’s Happening Around LanierWorld!”

 

Wake the Lake!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do something magnificent? Skydive? Climb Everest? Ride a rocket to outer space? With our brand new Wake The Lake Cable Park, we can get you that adrenaline rush that’s just a notch down from those! Come take a ride with our amazing staff as you learn to wakeboard like a pro! Or, if you already are a pro, come take a ride and practice your whirlybirds and tantrums on our A-frame and platform before heading out with your boat crew!

Our incredible and patient staff at the Cable Park is ready to teach you the essentials, from putting on your helmet, to strapping on your board, to standing up! Even kids will have mastered the basics by the end of their first run! You’ll learn to start in the water or from the dock, which is always a crowd-pleaser.

Our boat-free tow line will take you down the lake and back as you learn how to balance and switch from toe-edge to heel-edge as you carve your way through the water.

And if you faceplant, our team will be right there to encourage you to grab that tow-line and get right back up on your board! Even the pros take spills now and then, and it’s all part of the learning process, so have no fears if you are a new rider!

On the other hand, if you ARE a pro, and you definitely want to practice riding switch and hitting kickers and flighter boxes, then Wake the Lake is a great place to practice. No choppy water, consistent pull on the tow, and you don’t have to wait for the boat to drive around again to pick you up. Plus, when you’re done, our cable brings you right back to the dock!

Wake the Lake offers these Single Rider Rates:

One Hour Ride Session
$25
 
Two Hour Ride Session
$35
 
Half Day Ride Session (4 Hours)
$45
 
Full Day Ride Session (Open to Close)
$55
 
Seasons Pass w/ Lake Lanier Islands Parking
$399
 
Seasons Pass w/ No Parking
$349
 
  • Call to Register Your Certificate for your Preferred Date
    • 678.409.9053
  • Dates Aren’t Guaranteed Until You Call and Confirm with Wake The Lake
  • Rates do not include Gear Rentals
Because you can bring your own gear if you want, our rental gear comes at a separate rate:

Standard Wakeboard Rental
$10/hr
$20/day
 
Performance Wakeboard Rental
$20/hr
$30/day
Jacket Rental (Daily)
$3
 
Helmet (Daily)
$5
 
Wetsuit (Daily)
$7
Hyperlite Demo Boards from MarineMax:
Ready to Shred Package(intermediate board, high end helmet and jacket) $15/hr
 
$30/day
Super Shredder Package: The Ultimate Riding Experience!(High end board, helmet, and jacket) $25/hr
 
$40/day
(amount of demo board rental can be applied towards a new board purchase at MarineMax
*wetsuits not included in Shred Packages
  • *Helmets are Mandatory
    • You can bring your own helmet or rent one from New Wave

- See more HERE, or check out Wake the Lake on Facebook!

BONUS INFORMATION!!

On Wake ‘N Surf Wednesdays, come check out our BRAND NEW 5 for 5 deal! Every Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m., for ONLY $5, you get 5 laps or 5 minutes on the entire course. Marine Max will sponsor the event on the first Wednesday of every month. Join in with the interactive water sports, instructional rides and demonstrations in the Cove. In addition to that, we’ve added the 5 to Sunset cove, too!
Now we’re offering:

$5 Kids meals
$5 Drink Specials
$5 Featured Appetizer

So come on out, you don’t want to miss this deal of the summer!

All About Those New Access Passes!

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Today it’s all about clearing up any confusion you may have about our new Access Passes! We know this new structure might be a little tough to handle at first, but our friendly and professional staff is here for you, and we’re going to make this smooth like silk.

First of all, why is Lake Lanier implementing this new charge?

Well, based on your feedback, we’ve implemented a variety of improvements at LanierWorld that we are super pumped about. We have now completed the implementation phase, and it’s time for us begin including these awesome new features in our standard access fares. What are these new features, you ask?

We have new, more, and better entertainment! Every single day at LanierWorld we’re featuring at least one band, and often up to THREE! All over the park!! Seriously, our entertainment schedule is jam packed with rad bands, both famous and local. PLUS, we’re offering totally NEW things like the Fun Patrol and interactive kids’ entertainment!

We have extensive new food and beverage options, from all new Boardwalk dining to Bullfrog’s little cousin Tad’s! Have you ever had a Walking Taco? Try it at the Sunset Cantina on Boardwalk! Want to order pizza from Gianni’s and eat it on your boat? Order through your mobile device! Chill out by the Dockside Bar and enjoy patio dining or take your drink down to the beach!

Speaking of dockside, we’ve poured a ton of effort into renovating our Sunset Cove and Big Beach Docks. Be sure to check them out, they’re simply fantastic!

Still speaking of Dockside, you may have noticed our most obvious addition: The Boardwalk, where the Lakeside Entertainment District comes alive! There are tons of dining options just in this strip, PLUS our new Ferris wheel, carnival games, FunTime entertainment, and patio dining!

Furthermore, thanks to popular demand, we’ve extended Big Beach and pulled in even more umbrellas and beach chairs for rental, AND completely renovated and upgraded our bathrooms! For real you guys, Princess Kate would even use these things. They’re that nice.

 

Here are the 2 Access Only Pass options, each $10 per person, not including kids age 6 and under:

Option 1: Daily Dining, Retail, and Spa Access

Stroll up, buy the $10 Option One Access Pass, and we’ll immediately give you a $10 voucher that is good towards Dining/Food concessions, any of our retail shops, or our new Tranquility on the Water Spa in LanierWorld. This option DOES NOT INCLUDE Beach Access, and is valid ONLY on the day of entry.

Option 2: Daily Beach Access

Stroll up, buy the $10 Option Two Access Pass, and you get all day access to the beach, umbrellas, and beach chairs (which are first come, first serve). You ALSO get access to all our Boardwalk games and Ferris wheel, the volleyball courts, Sunset Cove and Big Beach restaurants, non-lifeguarded swim areas, AND Lakeside Links Minigolf. That is A LOT of things! This option DOES NOT INCLUDE the voucher from Option 1.

       Download our Admission Guide

Now, we know everyone will have specific questions, so we’re going to try to answer a few of those here today in, you guessed it!, HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO TIME!!

Access Only Pass Scenarios:

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I don’t like sand in my shorts – I only want to go to the Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club to eat.”

Your best option is Option 1.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I want to enjoy the beach all day, I LOVE building sandcastles!”

If you come more than 3 times per year, then we recommend the SEASON Beach Pass, not the Daily Beach Access PassThe SEASON Beach Pass is $35 and includes ALL the DAILY Beach Pass features, but it’s valid for the whole season, which is May-September.

If you’re just visiting today, then Option 2 is best for you. 

 

You’re walking around the beach, and you’ve, um, “forgotten” to purchase a Beach Pass:

One of our nice staff members will approach you and say, “I notice you aren’t wearing a Beach Access wristband, would you like to purchase one now? Let me direct you to the nearest purchasing booth.”

But you’re all like “I don’t want to pay for this.”

Since we’ve finished implementing all those amazing new things you saw earlier, our beach is now for patrons only. It’s cool if you want to pull up in your boat and hang out, but we’ve got a pristine beach to maintain, and if you want to use it, we need everyone to do their part – even if it is just pitching in $10 per person.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I just want to get a drink.”

Are you planning on eating, too? If so, then Option 1 is best for you – it includes a food and retail voucher.

If you aren’t planning on eating, then Option 2 is best – it includes beach access so you can relax on the beach while you enjoy your beverage.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “My kids just want to play on the beach and build sandcastles – I’d rather just stay on my awesome boat.”

Option 2 is best for you. We do require that kids under 12 be accompanied by an adult chaperone, though. Even though kids walk around our park all day without their parents holding their hands, our beach is not patrolled by lifeguards like our waterpark is. For your kids’ safety, we’re counting on you as a responsible and super cool chaperone to help them build that rad sandcastle and just keep an eye on them while they’re on the beach.

 

You’re thinking to yourself right now, “I read/heard last week that I get a voucher when I purchase an Access Pass…”

You are describing Option 1.

 

If you have any more questions, please feel free to call us up at (770) 945-8787 or visit us online at www.lanierworld.com.

Lake Lanier Focuses on Boat Safety

Monday, May 20th, 2013

CBS Atlanta came out this weekend to cover a boating safety event at Sunset Cove, one of our premier hotspots on the lake. Lake Lanier officials hosted the event to promote awareness of two law changes for boaters.

First, the blood alcohol content for boat drivers has been lowered from .1 to .08, which is the same level for drivers on land.

“From .08 to .1 is a big jump in the level of impairment so it will be really nice to have that law consistent with what we have on the highway,” said Jason Roberson with the Department of Natural Resources.

If you’re planning on partying on the lake, then plan on a designated captain as well.

Second, kids up to age 13 are required to wear a life jacket. That’s up from the old law, wear kids up to 10 had to wear them.

This one is important, too, according to Gabriela Panasiuk of West Marine, because “Even at the age of 13 you really aren’t a fantastic swimmer. You don’t have lung capacity to hold breath for a very long time. You don’t really have the strength to swim to shore if you needed to.”

The safety event also covered refresher topics like applying adequate sunscreen, boat maintenance, and keeping safe distance between boats.

“We’re reminding people of the 100 foot rule. It seems simple, but you would be surprised how many people violate it. If people would just stay a hundred feet away from stationary objects and people in the water it would solve a lot of problems here,” said Joanna Cloud with the Lake Lanier Association.

So stay safe out there, boaters! Designate a captain, keep that blood alcohol content below .08, wear those life jackets, apply that sunscreen, keep those boats up to code, and remember the 100 foot rule!

To read more about the event, check out CBS Atlanta’s story here.