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Jan. 22, 2019
6:08 pm


Margaritaville at Lanier Islands has landed

By Pamela A. Keene 
Twelve hundred tons of Florida sand, thatched-roof palapas (open pavilions), new restaurants, a rebranded Water Park, and free beach access top the list of the changes guests will experience when they visit Margaritaville at Lanier Islands starting on May 5. Guests will be transported to the tropics and the land of all things Jimmy Buffett. 
“We’ve been very busy at Lanier Islands, working to build on what has already been created here while introducing some incredible new venues and developing exciting new activities,” said Darby Campbell, president of Safe Harbor Development LLC. “Our goal is to support Lanier Islands’ position as a top all-season destination in the Southeast, incorporating the Margaritaville lifestyle in ways that keep the fun going all year long. We look forward to welcoming guests soon and are confident those who visit Margaritaville at Lanier Islands will return again and again.”
Once they’ve paid the park entrance fee of $15 (or purchased a Thrill & Chill season pass where front gate access is included), guests will have open access to the beach, the newly refurbished and rebranded Water Park and numerous family activities. Guests arriving by water can come to the beach for free. The boat docking fee is $15. Admission may be charged for some special events.
The lakeside entertainment complex, now called Paradise Beach, includes an updated Aquatic Adventure, a water play area for kids, beaches and weekend events with live performances. Music videos will play on the five-story broadcast screen. The Water Park has a Family Fun Zone, water slides and a zipline over Paradise Beach. The Shark Shack, as part of the Family Fun Zone serves food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. There’s a new beach volleyball court as well. 
Other food and beverage options include Paradise Beach Cantina, formerly Gianni’s, which features burritos, tacos, fresh salads, sangria and margaritas. Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria offers pizza, wraps and salads. The Tiki Bar, complete with big-screen televisions, serves frozen beverages beachside. 
LandShark Landing, located at the west end of Paradise Beach near the docks, is anchored by former Sunset Cove Café, renamed Landshark Bar & Grill. It will serve street tacos, nachos, coconut shrimp, salads, beer and boat drinks in a sit-down restaurant. For fast food and a fast beverage, License to Chill Bar services LandShark Lager, signature margaritas and Bloody Marys; its adjacent L2C Grill cooks burgers, gourmet hot dogs and fries in a casual setting. Dog and Brews’ gourmet hot dogs are complimented by 12 taps of local and national draft brews. 
Live music and special events such as Full Moon Parties, Foam Parties, Volleyball Tuesdays and Cornhole Thursdays take place at LandShark Landing throughout the season. Margaritaville’s new Port of Indecision Marina will offer wine and margarita cruises each week on redesigned yachts.
Blue Ridge and Shoal Creek campgrounds are now part of Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, and a new luxury RV Resort will be added in early fall 2018. A Margaritaville tram will take guests from the campgrounds to the waterfront complex and to Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands. 
Additionally, Margaritaville at Lanier Islands will be open year-round, with the Snow Tube Park, winter-themed rides and the ever-popular Magical Nights of Lights. LandShark Landing and the Water Park open on May 5 for weekends. All of Margaritaville at Lanier Islands will be open daily starting May 19 through the end of July.
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