Cool down at these 14 splash pads—45 minutes or less from Birmingham. Including one for dogs!

The splash pad at the Liberty Park Athletic Complex on Sicard Hollow Road is a hidden treasure.
The splash pad at the Liberty Park Athletic Complex on Sicard Hollow Road is a hidden treasure. Photo from Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Facebook page

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

There's a splash pad for dogs in Alabaster.
Fun at the doggie splash pad. Photo by Angela Roberson Reardon from Facebook

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.

Address: 7305 Highway 119, Alabaster, Alabama 35007
Phone: (205) 664-6840
More info: check here for details about leashes, different size dog areas, cleaning up after your pet, and more.

Bessemer—Alabama Splash Adventure

Alabama Splash Adventure has all kinds of water fun.
Getting splashed. Photo from Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure’s Facebook page

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

Birmingham—Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo splash pad is lots of fun — you've either got to be a member or pay to get into the zoo.
Soap bubbles and water. What more could you ask for? From Birmingham Zoo’s Facebook page

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.

Center Point

Center Point has a new splash pad that's opening July 1, 2019.

There you go. They did all the work for me. Check out all the details above for this one that opened July 1, 2019.

Gardendale—Celebration Park

Gardendale's Celebration Park is a whole lot of fun for everyone.
Playing in the water at Celebration Park in Gardendale. Photo by Chiquita D. Williams via Facebook

This park has a huge playground as well as an awesome splash pad area. They’ve also got covered picnic pavilions. Fun for everyone.

Where: 2191 Fieldstown Road, Gardendale, Alabama 35071
Phone: (575) 541-2550
More details: check here

Hoover—Hoover Metropolitan Complex

Hoover Metropolitan Complex has a splash pad.
Photo from Hoover Metropolitan Complex Facebook page

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

Two boys having so much fun at Jasper Memorial Park.
Those smiles. Photo by Hanna Wade Photography

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

Giant water spitting pelicans at the Leeds Splash Pad. This one's great if you're a Leeds resident or guest of a resident.
Giant water-spitting pelicans are a thing at local splash pads. Photo from Leeds Splash Pad Facebook page

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.

Address: 804 Park Drive, Leeds, Alabama 35094
Phone: (205) 699-0910
Hours + admission: free for Leeds residents and their guests—

Midfield–Midfield City Park

Midfield has its own splash pad, too.
Photo by Eric D. Jones from Facebook

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

Pell City has a splash pad, too!
So many fun features. From Pell City Splash Pad Facebook page

Address: 2801 Stemley Bridge Road, Pell City, Alabama 35054
Phone: (205) 884-3030
Hours + admission: hours vary throughout the Summer, so check for details here. $3 per person age 3 and up.

Pinson—Pinson Bicentennial Park

Pinson's Bicentennial Park has its own splash pad.
Playing in Pinson. Photo from Rain Drop Products, LLC

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

Springville's splash pad is a lot of fun, and there's a lot more to do in the park, too.
Springville’s Big Springs Park has a splash pad plus a whole lot more. Photo from Robin-Donald Room via Facebook

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

West Homewood has its own splash pad now, open for residents and their guests.
West Homewood’s Patriot Park has its own splash pad now. From Homewood Parks Facebook page

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!

Sharron Swain
Sharron Swain

Writer, Interviewer + Adventurer | Telling stories to make a difference

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