Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, formally LanierWorld, is a 1,500-acre lakeside entertainment complex offering a water park, beaches, and lakefront recreation in Buford, Georgia.
Attractions at Margaritaville include the water park, Paradise Beach, Landshark Landing and boating. The water park offers fun for all ages. A Fun Zone includes a shallow pool with a playscape area for toddlers and smaller children, and a sandy beach for sandcastle building. Families can relax in lounges poolside under shade tents., children enjoy foam parties, and adults can visit the onsite bars.
The Wild Waves Wave Pool is the largest wave pool in the state of Georgia. Guests can play in the waves, or stay in the shallows for a more relaxing experience. Inner tube rentals are available for wave riding, or simply floating. Thrill rides at the park include tube rides such as the Raging River ride, which simulates a journey down white water rapids. Twister shoots riders through a 360 loop, then down a tunnel to a final downhill into the pool below. CAT 4 is a racing slide in which four riders on tubes compete to reach the bottom fastest, through bubbles, past the “chill zone,” and above Paradise Beach. Body rides include the Double Down, a side-by-side slide for a competitive splash to the bottom, and the Intimidator and Triple Threat, two of the park’s fastest, most thrilling downhill slides.
Additional attractions include the Thunderbolt Triple Zip. The Zip Line carries guests over 50 feet in the air above Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach is one half mile of sandy lakefront where guests can play beach volleyball, try stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or wake boarding, or make use of the Battle Ball Court. Battle Ball places players in giant inflatable balls to flip and roll across the beach.
Flyboarding is a water sport that incorporates hydroflight devices to allow guests to hover, dive and fly through the air above the lake. In addition to the original Flyboard, guests at Paradise Beach can try the Flyboard hoverboard or Flyride with 45 or 60 minute lessons.
A Chill Zone at Paradise Beach is home to several restaurants, snack bars and tiki bars. Dining options include Mexican food at the Paradise Cantina, burgers and fries at the L2C Grill, shrimp baskets, conch fritters and chicken wings at the Feeding Frenzy Fried Shack, or pizzas to go at Frank and Lola’s.
The Landshark Landing Beach is home to the Landshark Landing Bar and Grill. The beach is adjacent to dock space at Landshark Landing, making it easily accessible for visitors arriving by boat. Landshark Landing is home to the park’s evening entertainment, which includes live music performances and parties celebrating holidays, the full moon, beer and wine festivals and more. Outside the Independence Day fireworks show, the most popular holiday event is the annual Christmas display, Magical Nights of Lights. In addition to a driving tour of Lake Lanier’s best holiday lights, the event, which lasts from November through January, includes a bubble ice skating rink at Margaritaville, where guests skate through bubbles resembling snow.
An 850-foot Margaritaville Yacht departs from Landshark Landing and hosts regular Wine Cruises as well as special events. Guests may also rent boats from the largest rental fleet on Lake Lanier. Rentals include pontoons, houseboats and VIP yachts.
History: LanierWorld first opened on Lake Lanier as a family owned resort business in 1987. In 2005, the resort was purchased by the Lake Lanier Islands Management Company. The company holds a long-term lease agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers, who owns the lakefront land. In 2018 LanierWorld reached a partnership deal with the Jimmy Buffet brand, Margaritaville, to infuse the resort with a multi-million dollar facelift and rebranding. Still under the same management company, the resort’s facelift included the addition of several new restaurants and an RV park suitable for larger sized luxury motor homes. Margaritaville resorts are also located in the Bahamas and Las Vegas.
The 38,000-acre Lake Lanier was formed when the Chattahoochee River was dammed in 1956, and is used for flood control and as a reservoir, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Lake Lanier islands, originally large hills, are the largest chain of islands in the lake.
What’s Nearby: The Shoal Creek and Blue Ridge campgrounds are operated by Margaritaville at Lanier Islands and located nearby. The campgrounds include RV parking. Free transportation aboard the Margaritaville Tram is available between the campgrounds, Margaritaville and the nearby Legacy Lodge, which also offers golf and horseback riding.
7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy Buford, GA 30518, Phone: 678-304-3120