Water park

There is something about water parks that brings out the kid in all of us. As the weather gets warmer, Alabama residents flock to their municipal and local private water parks to cool off and have some fun with the kids. Some water parks such as Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center are quite impressive and are part of the fitness program. Others, like Waterville USA, are part of larger parks where families can have family picnics while the kids are splashing around. One of the most popular water park features - the Wave - was invented in an Alabama Point Mallard Park and is now a standard feature everywhere.

There are parks with high-speed slides that will drop you at almost a free fall, or you can take a Lazy River and glide around in your tube. You might even want to have a nap in the sun. Whether the water park is municipal or private, everyone takes care of the little ones - the shallow, safe water playgrounds have all kinds of interactive games to entertain the kids all day. And while they will not always admit it, the parents have just as much fun watching them or playing with them.

»Alabama Splash Adventure

Alabama Splash Adventure

If you live in or near Bessemer, think about buying season tickets for the Alabama Splash Adventure, otherwise the kids will bankrupt you. There are so many opportunities for adventure, and they will have so much fun that they will insist on coming back whenever they can throughout the whole summer. But, you will have fun too. Start with the Kahuna Waves, a large pool with four-foot waves.

The Rampage roller coaster will take you 120 feet up and send you down at 56 MPH. Splashdown will throw you 50 feet through a dark tunnel before throwing you into a wild whirlpool. Also try the Wipeout Adventure obstacle course, ride the Centi-Speed, the Wacky Worm Coaster, or brave Mist-ical Maze, where you have to find your way out through water spouts, downpours, and showers.

4599 Splash Adventure Parkway, Bessemer, AL 35022, website, Phone: 205-481-4750

»Spring Valley Beach

Spring Valley Beach

Located in Blountsville, Alabama in the scenic Tennessee Valley and only about one hour from Birmingham, Spring Valley Beach is a family water park located on 25 acres of beautifully landscaped park. Here, you will not only enjoy all the thrilling slides and rides but you can also have a nice family picnic or barbecue. This is the only family park where they allow you to bring your own food. There are 20 gazebos and pavilions for families to use.

There is also the largest pool in the Southeast, ten adrenaline-pumping water slides, and an exciting kids' water playground. One of the most popular slides is 360 Rush, where two people at the same time slide down 58 feet through 32-inch tubes until they splash into an enormous bowl. The Sidewinder is not for the timid. This four-story slide will drop you in a free fall before throwing you sideways. Black Out will throw you into a dark tunnel that twists and turns before dumping you into the pool.

2340 County Hwy 55, Blountsville, AL 35031, website, Phone: 205-429-2075

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»Waterville USA

Waterville USA

Waterville USA is a 20-acre amusement park and waterpark located only a short drive from the beach in Gulf Shores resort community. The amusement part of the park offers fun attractions such as the Nascart Go-Carts, a roller coaster named Cannonball Run, miniature golf, and the Trampoline Thing, while the waterpark has 17 water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, Shrimp Boat Village, Wa-Wa World, and Flowrider.

If you just want to relax, let the Crystal Waters River take you on a slow, easy ride a third of a mile past the other slides and rides, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Take your family on a race down a 55 foot tall Dune Racer. Screamin' Demon is for those who seek ultimate excitement - it will drop you about 60 feet in almost a free fall. Screaming is allowed. There are plenty of food places if you need to replenish your energy and cute cabanas if you need a bit of privacy.

906 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-5915, website, Phone: 251 948 2106

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»Water World

Water World

Water World is Dothan's municipal water park located in Westgate Park just next to the Westgate Recreation Center. It is a perfect place to cool off during the summer with its huge wave pool, Great White slide, fun Triple Flume slide, and a kiddie pool for the little ones.

While the kids are splashing around, mom and dad can have a barbecue in the park's picnic area or relax on a blanket with a book. Of course, they are allowed to join the kids in the pool or on one of the slides - it's always fun getting wet on a hot summer day.

401 Recreation Rd, Dothan, AL 36303, website, Phone: 334-615-3750

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»Fayette Aquatic Center

Fayette Aquatic Center

Located in the Guthrie Smith Park in downtown Fayette, The Fayette Aquatic Center is a municipal family water park open daily during the hot summer months. It is popular with families cooling off in the heat and kids having the time of their lives. There is a large 5,380 sq. ft. outdoor multi-purpose pool with swimming lessons, lap swimming, and water aerobics.

There are three fun water slides coming down at full speed from the 35 ft. tower and splashing into the pool below. A lazy river flows slowly around the park, which is perfect for those who prefer more relaxed water entertainment. Tables with umbrellas for shade are there for family picnics, and many concession stands offer food, snacks, and refreshing drinks.

218 23rd St NE, Fayette, AL 35555, website, Phone: 205-932-2196

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»Point Mallard Park

Point Mallard Park

Point Mallard Park is a popular place for Decatur residents to visit when they want to have fun. There is something going on year-round in one of many different areas, from concerts and baseball games to festivals and Civil War reenactments. During the summer, when everyone is trying to cool off, Water Park is the most popular destination.

Water Park is known for America's First Wave Pool, a large pool with waves that will make you feel like you're on the beach. There is even a beach with loungers next to it to complete the illusion. Other popular attractions include the Towering Sky Pond, Pro Bowl Slide, Three Flume Tube Rides, Speed Slide, and a fun kids' area with a Duck Pond and a Squirt Factory.

2901 Point Mallard Dr SE, Decatur, AL 35602, website, Phone: 256-341-4900

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»Palmore Park

Palmore Park

In a town known for its many beautiful parks, Palmore Park is one of Tuscaloosa's most popular. There are outdoor and indoor activities year-round, but the park's latest addition is drawing in crowds during the summer - the Splash Pad, a 7,100-square-foot area that features 21 splash and spray features in very little standing water.

There is a wave mechanism that pours a large sheet of water similar to a waterfall, a triple-arch rain maker, spray cannons, water slides, water-dumping buckets, 22-foot tall daisies, an airplane, a turtle, an alligator, a frog, and a huge umbrella, all made of solid fiberglass and squirting water.

3701 Fosters Ferry Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, website, Phone: 205-759-1190

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»Southern Adventures

Southern Adventures

Southern Adventures is a popular family water and amusement park that offers year-round fun and adventures. There are two golf courses, a go-kart track, carnival rides, batting cages, bumper cars and much more. During the summer, it is the water park that draws most of the crowds.

With its tropical resort theme and a large number of attractions and amenities, the whole family can have fun and cool off on a hot summer day. The main swimming pool has zero depth entry so that even the little ones can get in and wait for the four-foot waves to come crashing towards them, with parents of course. There are exciting adrenaline pumping slides and interactive kids' water play areas.

2150 Leeman Ferry Cir SW, Huntsville, AL 35801, website, Phone: 256-880-6599

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»Hartselle Aquatic Center

Hartselle Aquatic Center


Hartselle Aquatic Center is the new municipal swimming pool that is bringing Hartselle residents out for some outdoor wet activities. The little kids love the play area with water guns and water spouts, while the older ones like to show how brave they are by sliding down the slide or jumping off diving boards.

Most parents spend time relaxing in one of many lounging chairs lining the pool under an umbrella, watching the kids have fun. Concession stands sell chips, nachos, and sodas, since kids need to replenish all that spent energy. There are four swimming classes for those who are looking to improve their skills.

450 Nanceford Rd SW, Hartselle, AL 35640, website, Phone: 256-751-0665

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»Cullman Wellness and Aquatics Center

Cullman Wellness and Aquatics Center

The Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center is well known for its state-of-the-art fitness facility with more than 50 group classes, cardio equipment, weight machines, and an indoor walking track. But, they also have a very popular aquatics center with indoor and outdoor competition pools, aquatics classes such as water aerobics, and stand-up paddle boarding.

The facility has a six-lane competition pool, a diving board, and a whirlpool. There is even a kids' play area. During the summer, guests can spend time at the center's outdoor water park, the lazy river, two water slides, the kid's play area, and the competition pool with eight lanes and low and high diving boards. There are cabanas for rent, umbrellas for shade, and a well-stocked concession stand.

1636 Field Of Miracles Dr SW, Cullman, AL 35055, website, Phone: 256-775-7946

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»Red Bay Water Park

Red Bay Water Park

Red Bay residents have a great place to cool off in when the heat gets to be unbearable. With four pools and a range of big and small slides, the new water park is attracting young and old and all in between with its modern, spacious facility.

Managed by the city's Park and Recreation Department, the water park also offers swimming lessons and aerobic classes, and it is a popular venue for parties and celebrations, both community and private. Imagine having a birthday bash with all your friends splashing around and sliding down one of the slides. There are no concession stands, so bring your own food and drinks.

112 5th Avenue SE, Red Bay, AL 35582, website, Phone: 256-356-4473

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