If you can’t swing a trip to one of the water parks there are several great splash pads around Birmingham to try.
Splash pads are a great way to keep cool on hot days. Know exactly where to find the coolest and most fun splash pads in Birmingham. Below is a list of pads and their unique benefits.
Birmingham Area Splash Pads
Birmingham Zoo Splash Pad
2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Included in the price of regular zoo admission ($13.95 for ages 2-12 & $18.95 for adults)
Going to the zoo in the summer is a great activity, but it’s hot by the time you’ve seen all the animals! Cooling off at the splash pad helps, and there are two large areas where kids of all ages can run through water that sprays up from the ground. There is also a large sitting area in the shade so parents can cool off as well, then everyone can enjoy a picnic (outside food and drinks are allowed) or grab a bite at the zoo restaurant that’s located next door.
Chelsea Splash Pad at Melrose Park
11101 Chelsea Road, Chelsea, AL 35023
Monday — Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
$2.00 per day for 1-year-olds and up
The Melrose Park splash pad in Chelsea is one of the newest options when it comes to splash pads around Birmingham. Everyone recieves an armband for the day, and you can leave and come back later with your band. Food is allowed in designated areas only outside of the splash pad area. For babies and toddlers who are not potty trained, swim diapers are required.
Gardendale Splash Pad
2191 Fieldstown Rd. Gardendale, AL 35071
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM until dusk
(Closed Mondays for maintenance)
Located at Celebration Park, you will find a playground, splash pad, and pavilions at this splash pad around Birmingham. There is tons of room for running around in the water and dodging sprayers of all kinds. There are also features specifically for babies and toddlers, like a large piano face that squirts up water as you run across.
Hoover Explore Splash Pad and Park
1060 RV Trace, Hoover, AL 35244
Open 7 days a week, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Located at the Hoover Met Complex, the 15,000 square-foot Explore playground and 7,000 square-foot splash pad are designed to flow together and meet the needs of all children, including those with disabilities and mobility issues. It’s open to residents and non-Hoover residents free of charge. Outside food, drink, and chairs are allowed, but they have to be outside of the splash pad area. With many colorful sprayers, tunnels, and other play structures, there are great activities to keep babies, toddlers, and bigger kids entertained for hours, especially when they venture over the adjoined playground.
McNeil Park Splash Pad
1320 20th Avenue North, Bessemer, AL 3502
Located in Bessemer’s Pipe Shop community, McNeil Park sits on the site of the former McNeil School. It is the only park in Bessemer that has an outdoor water feature/splash pad area, and it includes a variety of ground sprayers and sprayers from above, as well as a colorful water tunnel to run through. The park is also home to a walking track, two pavilions, a basketball court, a children’s playground, and picnic tables.
Leeds Splash Pad
804 Park Drive, Leeds, Alabama 35094
Free for Leeds residents and guests
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 pm to 6:00 PM
The Leeds Splash Pad is open to residents of Leeds and their guests at no charge. Look for many ground water sprayers and fun features like huge flowers, birds that spray from above, and a friendly green frog that sprays at toddler level. Watch their Facebook for updates about special events and regular closings for cleaning and maintenance (often on Mondays).
Moody Splash Pad
100 Civic Center Drive, Moody, AL 35004
Tuesday — Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday — 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
(Closed on Mondays for maintenance)
$2 per person for 3 years old and up
The large aquatic play area at Moody’s splash pad has activities that are fun and appropriate for kids of all ages, including babies and toddlers. Admission into the splash pad is $2 per person, whether you “play” or just observe, and the splash pad is open for everyone, not just residents of Moody. Outside food and drink are not allowed, but there is a concession area where you can purchase a snack.
Pell City Splash Pad
2801 Stemley Bridge Road, Pell City, Alabama 35054
$4 per day for ages 3 and up (cash only)
Tuesdays — Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sundays, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Closed most Mondays for maintenance)
When visiting the Pell City Splash Pad, located at Lakeside Park, everyone will receive an arm band to wear. For little ones, swim diapers are required, and only those 5 years old and up will be able to play on the large splash pad structures, like the slides. But there are plenty of sprayers and other activities for toddlers to enjoy with colorful trees, boats, cacti, and more to explore.
Sicard Hollow Splash Pad and Park
4851 Sicard Hollow Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35242
9:00 AM to sunset
This Sicard Hollow athletic complex features nature trails, two playgrounds, and a splash pad. Water sprayers are controlled by a button on a black stand, and once activated, the sprayers will run for about 15 minutes. To continue playing, you just press the button again to turn everything back on.
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