Located in Dothan, Alabama, Water World is 12-acre municipal water park facility located inside the city’s Westgate Park, offering high-thrill water slides, a large family wave pool, and a safe children’s water play area. The city of Dothan, Alabama is located in Houston County, approximately 20 miles from the state’s western border with Georgia and 16 miles from its southern border with Florida.



History

Named for the reference to the location in the Biblical book of Genesis, the city was part of the British West Florida colony before being incorporated as a permanent pioneer settlement town in the late 19th century. Nicknamed the “Peanut Capital of the World,” the city is host to the National Peanut Festival and serves as a major economic and tourism hub for the southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia areas. The city’s Water World water park was constructed in 1980 as part of the Westgate Recreation Center facility, which also offers an indoor heated year-round pool, gymnasium facility, volleyball and racquetball courts, and a sauna and whirlpool area. The water park and recreation center are part of Dothan’s Westgate Park, which features a youth activity complex, walking and jogging trail system, soccer and athletic complex, and Kiwanis park and trail.

Permanent Attractions

Water World water park spans 12 acres of Dothan’s Westgate Park, owned and operated by the Dothan Leisure Services department. The park is open from May through September and features mild and high thrill attractions for visitors of all ages. It is located next door to the Westgate Recreation Center, near Westgate Park’s softball complex.

The water park is anchored by its 450,000-gallon Giant Rip Tide Wave Pool, which is rippled by three-foot waves every 10 minutes. Two high-thrill water slides are offered for adventurous visitors, including the Great White Water Slide, which sends riders on multidirectional experiences up and down a 42-foot tower before entering the water. The Triple Flume Water Slide also contains three 400-foot water slides offering a variety of twisting and turning experiences. For young visitors and parents, the Tadpole Hole Kiddie Pool offers safe play experiences, including child-sized water slides, floating lily pad areas, and a large “raining” tree attraction. All water park attractions are staffed with qualified lifeguards at all times for visitor safety.

Several picnic areas are located throughout at the park, offering grills for private visitor barbecuing. Two picnic pavilion facilities are also available for rental for groups of 50 or more, offering tables, grills, lighting and electrical outlets, and fans. Visitor relaxation areas are offered poolside, allowing visitors to bring lawn chairs for relaxation and observe family members and other swimmers. Lockers and inner tubes may be rented with nominal fee and a refundable deposit.

The park is open from May through September, with limited weekend operation hours offered in May, late August, and September. Free admission is offered for senior citizens and children under two, and discounted admission is offered for military members and their families. Half-price admission nights are also offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the operating season, and special group rates are offered for groups of 15 or more. All tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the facility directly. Free parking is offered at the facility for all water park guests.

Birthday party packages are offered by Water World in two package tiers, offering standard and deluxe party experiences. Standard parties receive reserved party tables with balloon decorations, a complimentary t-shirt for the birthday child, and a party visit from official Water World mascot Aquaduck. Deluxe party packages include ice cream and drinks for all party guests, along with party favors and complimentary inner tube rental for the birthday child. Private after-hours parties may also be booked for large groups and special events, with accommodations for up to 400 people. After-hours parties are subject to facility availability and must be booked in advance by contacting the facility directly.

Westgate Park

In addition to Water World, Westgate Park and Westgate Recreation Center offer a variety of public outdoor and indoor attractions, including the Westgate Softball Complex, which was the host facility for the 2005 Dixie Girls Softball World Series. The Westgate Tennis Center offers 20 full-size courts, including a Championship Court accommodating seating for up to 560 spectators. The G. Marvin Lewis Dixie Youth Complex offers six baseball fields and batting cage facilities, and the Miracle Field Baseball Complex, Northcutt Football/Baseball Complex, and Westgate Soccer Complex also offer public sporting fields. Other facilities at the park include the Kiwanis Park and Trail, which offers a 3.4-mile nature trail for bikers and runners, and the Circle City BMX Track, which is the host facility for the Circle City BMX Nationals competition.

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

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