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It is hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July, but that’s typical of summer in the South. But don’t stay at home in the air-conditioning just because it is terribly 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, and Guin Waterpark in Guin are perfect for squelching the hottest day. But make sure to lather up with sunscreen. Also, Delano Park in Decatur, Earlyworks in Huntsville, 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.
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, Rickwood Caverns in Warrior, and Sequoyah Caverns in Valley Head provide a cool excursion to check out all sorts of rock formations.
If the indoors is ideal, check out Earlyworks Museum, Sci-Quest, or the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. Each attraction has many interesting exhibits and activities to stimulate the mind while keeping cool.
And finally, ice-skating is typically thought of as a winter activity, but the Point Mallard Ice Complex is open year-round for ice-skating. Now that’s the way to beat the heat – with ice!