Bark in the Waterpark Will Have You Saying Bow-WOW

For the first time in the HISTORY of Lanier Islands beach and waterpark, we’re waving our “no pets in the park” policy for one glorious day. On October 7, we’ll open our gates to a guest list of a very different sort – the four-legged variety – for the premiere of our first EVER Bark in the Waterpark. Hosted from 11am-6pm, tongues and tails will be wagging over this inaugural Fido-focused festival at LanierWorld. This event promises to be “off the leash” with dog agility demonstrations by the renowned Dock Dogs®, “Dog and Disc” frisbee retrieval competition, live music, street performers, dog-themed activities, pet-related vendors, lake access, beach games, carnival rides, bounce houses, splashtacular fun zones, dog costume contest and so much more. Best part is, it’s FREE**!

“Lake people and dog lovers often tend to be one in the same,” explained Mike Williams, CEO of Lanier Islands. “Our entire staff of Lanier Islands is made up of animal lovers, which is why we opted to become a pet-friendly resort in 2014. We have specially designated rooms in Legacy Lodge and our LakeHouses where are guests can enjoy an overnight stay at the resort with their family pet. You’ll often see guests out jogging the trails throughout the Islands with their dog on a leash. Of course, the one place that’s never been open to pets is the beach and waterpark at LanierWorld – until now. It’s going to be a really fun day – not just for our guests and their pets, but also for our staff.”


At the heart of Bark in the Waterpark will be performances by Dock Dogs® – from ESPN, the Outdoor Channel and ABC fame. Between noon and 5 p.m., Dock Dogs® will bring teams of dogs and their handlers to the Islands to compete in jumping, running and retrieving. The dogs that go the farthest, longest and fastest get grand prizes, while the handlers get bragging rights. Instead of watching it all on TV, you’ll get to witness this canine competition firsthand!

Bark in the Waterpark Schedule:

11am–6pm  LanierWorld gates and FunZone open; Live Music and Entertainment throughout the day

Noon – 5pm Dock Dogs® Competition

2pm       Dog & Disc traditional frisbee retrieval competition kicks off


Just as we strive to provide a stellar guest experience for all of our human visitors, we’ll endeavor to do the same for everyone from Akitas to Yorkshire Terriers (and all of the breeds in between!) If you’d like to turn your dogtastic day into a dogtastic stay, simply request one of our pet-friendly rooms at the Lodge or LakeHouses. To make reservations or learn more about Bark in the Waterpark and other upcoming events at Lanier Islands, visit or call 770-945-8787.


*This is a ‘Rain or Shine’ event that will go on regardless of weather conditions. Specific play areas will be available for pets.

**A $15 per car fee is applicable for the front gate / parking.

***Some activities require additional fees.


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