9 places to beat the heat in north Alabama

It’s a typical summer in the South, but don’t stay at home in the air-conditioning just because it’s hot. North Alabama has many ways to beat the heat this summer. And if the kids are at home, these places are great for silencing the “I’m bored” remarks.

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, Earlyworks in Huntsville, Lake City Amusement Park in Guntersville, 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.

If getting wet isn’t in the plans, venture deep underground where it’s typically 60 degrees even on the hottest day. Cathedral Caverns in Grant and Rickwood Caverns in Warrior provide a cool excursion to check out all sorts of rock formations.

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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 Lake City Amusement Park, Spring Park, Huntsville Botanical Garden, and Delano Park – www.lakecityamusements.com; www.springparkal.com; www.delanopark.org; www.hsvbg.org

6. Take a cave tour at Cathedral Caverns and Rickwood Caverns State Parks – www.alapark.com

7. Southern Adventures in Huntsville – www.southern-adventures.com

8. Take a dip at the day use area at Joe Wheeler State Park – www.alapark.com

9. Public pools at DeSoto State Park and Rickwood Caverns State Park – www.alapark.com

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