What better way to beat the heat than taking a dip in a cool pool or rushing down a slippery water slide? Here's a list of some of the best places in north Alabama to swim, but make sure to lather up with sunscreen first!

Go for a swim at DeSoto State Park’s swimming pool. (photo credit: DeSoto State Park)

DeSoto State Park pool

Spend the day at the day use area at Joe Wheeler State Park

joe wheeler state park day use area

Get some sun on the beach at Lake Guntersville State Park. (photo by Lake Guntersville State Park)

lake guntersville state park beach

Take a dip in the Hipppie Hole in Little River Canyon National Preserve. (photo by @coreychambers1)

Hippie Hole

Have fun in the wave pool, go down the water slides, or relax in the lazy river at Point Mallard Water Park.

point mallard wave pool

Cool off and have fun at Red Bay Water Park.

red bay waterpark

Swim at Rickwood Caverns State Park’s public pool. The park has a new twisty slide that's fun for the kids.

rickwood caverns pool

Spring Valley Beach in Blountsville is so much fun! The waterpark has numerous water slides, a kiddie area, and a huge pool.

spring valley beach

Of course, you can always cool off and swim in one of north Alabama's beautiful eight lakes: Bear Creek Lakes, Lake Guntersville, Neely Henry Lake, Pickwick Lake, Smith Lake, Weiss Lake, Wheeler Lake, and Wilson Lake.

If you have small kids who are not swimming just yet, Delano Park in Decatur, Spring Park in Tuscumbia, and the Huntsville Botanical Garden have splash pads in which the kids (or adults) can splash around.