I’m not sure when splash pads became a thing, but I sure am glad they did. Sometimes you just wanna go play in water without having to get *in* the water.
To help you stay cool this Summer, we found a baker’s dozen splash pads within 45 minutes’ drive of Birmingham, plus one for dogs. Because dogs get hot, too!
Alabaster—Beneful Alabaster Dream Dog Park
Yep, dogs can splash, too. Which is pretty awesome if you have four legs and fur. Or if you are a two-legged who loves such creatures.
Bessemer—Alabama Splash Adventure
Alabama Splash Adventure is a whole water park that happens to have a super-fun splash pad area. Plus a whole lot of other things.
For this one, you’ll need to plan ahead, get day or season passes, load up on the sunscreen and make a day of it.
Address: 4599 Alabama Adventure Parkway, Bessemer, Alabama 35022
Phone: (205) 481-4750
Hours + admission: check www.alabamasplash.com
Address: 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35223
Phone: (205) 879-0409
Hours + admission: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday-Sunday 9AM-6PM. Included in the price of admission.
There you go. They did all the work for me. Check out all the details above for this one that opened July 1, 2019.
This park has a huge playground as well as an awesome splash pad area. They’ve also got covered picnic pavilions. Fun for everyone.
Hoover—Hoover Metropolitan Complex
Unlike some municipal splash pads, this one is free and open to the public.
Address: 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover, AL 35244
Phone: (205) 739-7364
Hours + admission: free and open to the public—you don’t have to be a Hoover resident. Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-7PM.
Jasper—Jasper Memorial Park
This one’s smack dab in the middle of a big old park in Jasper, complete with a natatorium.
For those who aren’t familiar with this word (I wasn’t), it apparently means a building with a swimming pool. Scrabble fans of the world, rejoice, and keep that word in your back pocket.
Address: 607 10th Avenue, Jasper, Alabama 35501
Phone: none listed, but here’s the number for the natatorium, which is next door—(205) 384-9617.
Leeds—Leeds splash pad
If you’re not a Leeds resident, or guest of a Leeds resident, you might want to give this one a miss. If you are, though, follow them on Facebook and get out there for a good time.
Midfield–Midfield City Park
Address: 410 Grant St, Midfield, Alabama 35228
Phone: (205) 923-2455
Hours + admission: Tuesday 9AM-5PM, Wednesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM.
Pell City—Pell City Splash Pad at Lakeside Park
Pinson—Pinson Bicentennial Park
Address: 4200 Oak Street West, Pinson, Alabama 35216
Phone: (205) 680-2739
Hours + admission: $1 residents, $2 police jurisdiction, $4 non-residents. Sunday-Monday 1-7PM, Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-7PM. Check here for more info.
Springville—Big Springs Park
This was my first splash pad. It’s got mellow areas for the little kids to play, super-exciting areas where the big kids can get tons of water dumped on them, and more.
There’s a lovely spring nearby, where we usually end up for a while. There are walking trails, two lakes for fishing, and a big playground, too.
Address: 75 Old Talladega Road, Springville, Alabama 35146
Phone: (205) 467-2704
Hours + admission: Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-7PM. Sunday 1-5PM. $2 per person. Follow them on Facebook or check in here for more information.
Vestavia—Sicard Hollow Sports Complex
That amazing picture at the top of this article was taken by some fantastic photographer at the Sicard Hollow Sports Complex splash pad. It’s really a hidden gem, tucked away off Sicard Hollow Road. You’ll find walking trails, soccer fields, and an amazing park in the same complex. Oh, and covered picnic tables, too.
Address: 4851 Sicard Hollow Road, Vestavia, Alabama 35242
Hours and admission: free and open to the public. Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM. Saturday 9AM-3PM. Sunday noon-11PM. Find out more here.
West Homewood—Patriot Park
For this one, you’ve got to be a resident of Homewood, and a member (or a guest of a resident/member). If you live in Homewood and haven’t joined yet, check out all the details here.
Address: 710 Oak Grove Road, Homewood, Alabama 35209
Phone: (205) 332-6700
Hours and admission: Monday-Thursday 9AM-7PM, Friday-Saturday 9AM-6PM, Sunday 1-6PM. For Homewood residents/members only, and their guests. Max 2 guests per member, $5 per guest per day.
For all of these splash pads, you’ll want to confirm hours and admission details. It’s always worth double-checking before you go, ’cause sometimes they close for maintenance or have different hours for holidays.
Otherwise, pack your sunscreen, hats, water bottles, snacks and bathings suits, and get ready for some fun in the sun!