On a hot day in Alabama, there's no better place to cool off than at a water park. Whether you're 6 years old or 60, no one can resist the thrills and spills of splashing around in the waves, plunging down 200-foot slides, or taking a relaxing float along a lazy river. If you're ready for as much wild and wacky fun in the water as you can handle, these are the top 10 water parks in Alabama you need to check out.
10. Red Bay Water Park, Red Bay
Red Bay Water Park isn't huge, but it's got more than enough to keep you and the family in hours of aquatic fun. Along with four pools, there's also a huge range of slides to enjoy. If you're planning a birthday or special event, you can even rent the entire park to yourself for the day. The only thing to bear in mind is that there's no concession stand available, so be sure to bring your own snacks.
9. Fayette Aquatic Center, Fayette
Fayette Aquatic Center is a firm favorite with families in Fayette, and for very good reason. Located in the Guthrie Smith Park, the municipal family water park boasts a huge 5,380 sq. ft. outdoor multi-purpose pool that offers a range of different classes and lessons. In addition to the pool, there are several giant slides, a tranquil lazy river, and a splash pad full of interactive activities to enjoy. The main pool features a kiddie's area with a zero-depth entry and play structure that's ideal for little ones. Don't worry if you forget to bring your own snacks - you'll find all the food and drink you need to get through the day at one of the huge assortment of concession stands.
8. Hartselle Aquatic Center, Hartselle
Regardless of your age, Hartselle Aquatic Center promises a ton of fun in the water. Little kids will love splashing around the play area with its water guns and water spouts. More experienced thrill-seekers are guaranteed an adrenaline rush on the twisting, turning slides and nail-bitingly high diving boards. If you'd rather just relax, grab a lounging chain under an umbrella and enjoy the sunshine. For lunch, hit the concession stands to enjoy a range of chips, dips, and sodas.
7. Waterville USA, Gulf Shores
Recommended as one of the best water parks in Alabama by The Crazy Tourist, Waterville USA is the kind of place you're guaranteed a blast. Thrill-seekers will love the incredible variety of slides and attractions. Ride the waves on the FlowRider surf simulator, plunge almost sixty feet on Screamin’ Demon, raft along Fold Rush, or race down the Dune Racer. If you prefer a tamer experience, don't miss the Rainbow Falls slide. Little ones are well catered to with the WaWa World area, which is crammed with pint-sized slides, inflatables, and climbing structures.
6. Water World, Dothan
If you're in Dothan during the summer, you'll struggle to find a better place to cool of than Water World. Featuring a huge wave pool, a kiddie pool for the little ones, and a ton of slides and attractions, it's got everything you need for a day of wild and wet adventure. Once you're ready to hit dry land, head for the huge deck area to soak up the rays (if you prefer some shade, there are multiple umbrellas to make use of). If you get hungry, the park has several barbeque pits together with a large picnic area.
5. Spring Valley Beach, Blountsville
If you're in the vicinity of Blountsville, don't miss the chance to get wet and wild at Spring Valley Beach. This huge waterpark has everything you need to guarantee a full day of fun-packed aquatic adventure. Spread over 25 beautifully landscaped acres, it offers visitors the chance to splash around in the largest pool in the southwest, get adventurous on the slides (don't miss the thrilling 360 Rush slides in particular), experience free falling on the Sidewinder, and brave the pitch-black thrills and spills of Black Out. For little ones, there's a special kids zone with a huge climbing structure that will keep them happy for hours.
4. Cullman Wellness and Aquatics Center, Cullman
As Vacation Idea notes, the Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center is well known for its state-of-the-art fitness facility, which features an indoor walking track, 50 group classes, cardio equipment, and dozens of weight machines. But this isn't just a place you go to work out - it's where you go to have fun. Its huge aquatics center is ideal for the whole family, with a six-lane competition pool, a diving board, a kids' area, a whirlpool, and a huge variety of aquatic classes to join in, including water aerobics and stand-up paddleboarding. Come summer, visitors are welcome to enjoy the delights of its outdoor water park, which boasts two water slides, a lazy river, sky-high diving boards, and a good selection of cabanas. If you get peckish, there's a well-stocked concession stand to take care of all your snacking needs.
3. Point Mallard Park, Decatur
If you're in the mood for some Fun with a capital F, don't miss a visit to the hugely entertaining Point Mallard Park in Decatur. With slides, water cannons, play structures, and pools, it's got all the ingredients for a fun-packed day of aquatic adventure. Little ones will love the Squirt Factory and Duck Pond in the kiddie's section. Adrenaline junkies are equally well catered to with a huge array of fume tube slides, bowl slides, and speed slides. If you're chasing a tamer ride, grab a float and head for the calm waters of the lazy river. Before you leave, take some time to explore the park - with a driving range, batting cages, a golf course, and a year-round schedule of events, there's always something to enjoy. If you want to spread the fun over a few days, pitch a tent at the Point Mallard campground.
2. Palmore Park, Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa has a bunch of attractive parks, but few promise quite so many hours of fun as the thrilling Palmore Park. The park hosts a year-round schedule of events, but the real reason so many families flock to its grounds is the Splash Pad. With a giant waterfall, rainmaker water slides, water dumping buckets, spray cannons, and a host of fun attractions (including fiberglass 22-foot tool daisies, frogs, alligators, airplanes, and turtles that squirt water at anyone who comes near), it's the kind of place you start planning your return visit to before you've even left.
1. Alabama Splash Adventure, Bessemer
Named as one of the best water parks in Alabama by nerdstravel.com, Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer has more opportunities for getting wild and wet than you'll be able to fit into a day. There's the crazy fun of Neptune's Plunge, the adrenaline-pumping thrill of the two hundred and sixteen feet Upsurge, the huge surf at Kahuna Waves wave pool, the head-scratching challenges of Wipeout Adventure obstacle course, and, for little ones, the chance to splash around in beautiful Salamander Bay and the Little Harbour. When you're ready to hit dry land, there's a huge assortment of amusement park rides to enjoy.
Written by Dana Hanson
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