7 water parks in Alabama + when they close down this year

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There’s still time, Alabama! (Pirate’s Bay Water Park Leesburg / Facebook)

While I’d like to think that fall is just around the corner, I know that summer is still here to stay for a while longer. One of my favorite ways to take advantage of high temperatures is visiting water parks—and Alabama has plenty of them.

Here are seven of our favorite water parks in Alabama and when they’re closing down for the season.

1. Waterville USA

These slides are so much fun. (Gulf Shores Recreation Department / Facebook)

Gulf Shores is a go-to summer destination for Alabamians (because beach trips). If you’ve never visited Waterville USA, though, now’s the time. Featuring several slides, a lazy river and fun attractions for kids, this water park is a must-visit before summer ends.

2. Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure

Alabama Adventure, located outside Birmingham, is a summertime tradition for many families. Featuring over 25 attractions, their water park, Splash Adventure, has something for everyone.

3. Pirates Bay Water Park

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This beautiful water park is surrounded by nature. (Pirate’s Bay Water Park Leesburg / Facebook)

Nestled in beautiful Leesburg surroundings, Pirates Bay Water Park overlooks Weiss Lake. Visitors can enjoy the sparkling pools, waterfall and slides and get some shade in the beautiful cabanas and on the putt-putt course.

4. Point Mallard Park

Growing up in North Alabama, Point Mallard was the ultimate summer destination. While many of Point Mallard’s water park will be closing down for the season soon, many of their other attractions (like the golf course and campground) are open year-round!

5. OWA Parks & Resort—Tropic Falls

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The Big Water Bay is one of the newest attractions at Tropic Falls. (City of Foley Municipal Government / Facebook)

A water park located close to the beach has to be pretty impressive to beat it. OWA Parks + Resort gives the beach a run for its money, though, with its indoor water park—Tropic Falls. The glass-enclosed water park, which houses 75-foot slides, is a sight to behold. The new wave pool and surf simulator outside add another reason to visit.

6. Spring Valley Beach

Spring Valley Beach, located about an hour away from both Birmingham and Huntsville, is a family-owned water park that boasts some impressive—and scary—slides. When I visited last summer, I did plenty of screaming on the big white slide (if you’ve ever been, you know why).

7. Water World

A visit to Water World is one of Dothan’s favorite ways to cool off. With a 450,000-gallon rip tide wave pool, a 4-story slide, a Kids Cove and more, this water park is a summertime favorite.

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Sarah Gronberg
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