7 ways to beat the heat on the water this summer— kayaking, paddle boarding and more

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Can we go now? (Terrapin Outdoor Center / Facebook)

We know—it’s hot out there. With temperatures climbing toward the 90s by morning, we have to find ways to stay cool. Keep reading for seven ways to get on the water and beat the heat around Birmingham this summer.

1. Flip Side Watersports

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Fun for the whole family. (Flip Side Watersports / Facebook)

Flip Side Watersports is a cable wakeboard park located at Oak Mountain State Park. Whether you’re just starting out or a professional rider, they have the coaches and the features fit for any skill level. With one of the longest cable in North America, you are sure have a great time.

2. Blue Water Park

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One day… (Blue Water Park / Facebook)

Did you know you can go scuba diving right outside of Birmingham? Blue Water Park also has many fun water activities and rides.

PLUS—you can bring your own paddle board or kayak and just enjoy the lake if that’s more your vibe.

3. Lake Purdy

Lake Purdy is a state water reservoir with some of the cleanest water in the state. Bank fishing is free and they have lots of fishing equipment to purchase, live and artificial bait and boats for rent. Sounds like the perfect way to enjoy a day on the water.

4. Big Canoe Creek

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For all experience levels. (Big Canoe Creek / Facebook)

Whether you need a relaxing float, a fishing expedition or just some good ole family fun, Big Canoe Creek is a great setting for it all. Their creek is great for all levels from beginner to advanced experience.

5. No Worries Kayaking

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Bring your furry friends too! (No Worries Kayaking / Facebook)

No Worries Kayak Rental makes preparing for your summer adventure very easy. They provide the kayak, paddle, life jackets and anything else you can think of.

6. Tree Line Expeditions

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Get out and relax. (Tree Line Expeditions / Facebook)

Treeline Expeditions has a variety of kayaking expeditions, including a scenic night cruise where the moonlight guides you down the Cahaba River. There’s one way to beat the heat!

7. Terrapin Outdoor Center

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For the ones who want a little more adventure. (Terrapin Outdoor Center / Facebook)

What’s better than a quiet, peaceful float down Terrapin Creek? There’s clean, clear water, beautiful scenery, great fishing, wildlife and enough moving water to keep things fun.

Not so into the watersports of it all? No worries. Here are a few more ways to keep cool:

Birmingham, where are you cooling off this summer? Tag us and let us know your favorite spots @bhamnow!

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Callie Puryear
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