The kids may be back at school, but that doesn’t mean the water parks are closing. For a little more time, at least, you and your family can enjoy a weekend at the water park – and Alabama has some great ones to choose from.
From Decatur to Gulf Shores and everywhere in between, here are four great water parks in the Yellowhammer State for you and your family to enjoy.
Alabama Splash Adventure – Bessemer
Alabama Splash Adventure is probably the most well-known water park in Alabama. Located just outside of Birmingham in Bessemer, Alabama Splash Adventure is a family-owned park featuring everything from gravity-defying water slides to a wave pool, water obstacle courses for the kids, a lazy river, and even a 120-feet tall roller coaster called Rampage.
They offer season tickets to help families attend regularly, but even if you only come through the Birmingham area periodically, it’s a great place to spend a weekend.
Point Mallard – Decatur
Did you know that the nation’s first wave pool was built right here in Alabama? It’s located at Point Mallard, a water park in the northwest corner of the state that also features a Squirt Factory and Duck Pond area for the kids, a speed slide, three flume tube rides, and other ridiculously fun attractions.
The Decatur area in general is great for summer fun; you’ll regularly find festivals, concerts, and sports all through the season.
Waterville USA – Gulf Shores
If you want to have water park fun while at the beach, Waterville USA in Gulf Shores is your destination.
Also an amusement park with Naskart Go-Karts, a roller coaster, and trampolines, the water park has 17 water slides (including a 60-foot drop), a wave pool, a lazy river a third of a mile long, and an assortment of other attractions sure to please young and old alike.
Spring Valley Beach – Blountsville
Located an hour’s drive away from Birmingham, Spring Valley Beach is a family-friendly water park across 25 acres full of fun, from 10 awesome water slides – including the four-story Sidewinder – to a mammoth pool that’s the largest in the Southeast.
Plus, of the parks on this list, Spring Valley Beach is the only one that lets you bring your own food, making it a perfect destination for a picnic.
Don’t settle for just visiting one park, though – aim for all four! Make it a grand family tour of the state’s water parks, and you’re guaranteed to have fun.