What better way to beat the heat than taking a dip in a cool pool or rushing down a slippery waterslide? Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Spring Valley Beach in Blountsville, Red Bay Waterpark, Guin Waterpark in Guin, and Southern Adventures in Huntsville are perfect for squelching the hottest day. But make sure to lather up with sunscreen. Also, Delano Park in Decatur and Spring Park in Tuscumbia have splash pads in which to let the kids (or adults) splash around. The Huntsville Botanical Garden has Pollywog Bog for the little kids to take a dip. Furthermore, DeSoto State Park and Rickwood Caverns State Park have public pools that are open all summer long. Joe Wheeler State Park also has a day use area on the river for swimming and lying out on the beach.

1. Point Mallard Water Park – www.pointmallardpark.com
2. Red Bay Water Park – www.redbaysports.com
3. Guin Water Park – www.guinal.org
4. Spring Valley Beach in Blountsville – www.springvalleybeach.com
5. Splash Pad at Spring Park, Huntsville Botanical Garden, and Delano Park – www.springparkal.com; www.delanopark.org; www.hsvbg.org
6. Swim at DeSoto State Park’s public pool – www.alapark.com
7. Swim at Rickwood Caverns State Park’s public pool – www.alapark.com
8. Take a dip at the day use area at Joe Wheeler State Park – www.alapark.com
9. Southern Adventures in Huntsville – www.southern-adventures.com