The state of Alabama has a wide variety of theme parks that feature water rides, roller coasters, and a host of entertainment spots. These parks feature steepest roller coasters, friendly staff, and splash pads. There’s a very thin distinction between amusement and theme parks. Though this distinction is narrow, it’s the main distinguishing factor that separates the two. However, they both have rides, entertainment, and outdoor amusement. On the other hand, theme parks feature more idea- and subject-oriented rides. Treat your family, friends, or even just yourself to these wonderful adventures and book an RV rental or a tiny house for rent this weekend. Be sure to also check out the best theme parks and amusement parks in Alabama, USA.
1. Waterville USA, Gulf Shores
Opened in 1986, Waterville USA has been the ultimate place for the whole family to have fun. Located on a 20-acre (8 hectares) land, its water park features include a wave pool, lazy river, 17 water slides, Wa-Wa World, Flowrider and Shrimp Boat Village. The park attractions include cannonball run roller coaster, Nacart go-carts, fun depot kiddie rides, 36 holes of miniature golf, trampoline thing, The Escape House, and a large arcade. Commonly known as Waterville, it is an 81,000 square meters ( 871876.74 square feet) amusement and water park lying almost 0.25 mi (0.4 km) from the Mexican Gulf in the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama on Alabama State Route 59. Since it was opened, the park has added several amusement and water attractions for all to enjoy.
Address: 906 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, United States
Website: Waterville USA
Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 12pm - 10pm, Mon: 12pm - 8pm (closed from Tue - Thu)
2. Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure, Bessemer
Previously known as VisionLand, Alabama/Splash Adventure is an amusement and water park that features fantastic rides such as Rampage, Twister, Galleon, Splash Island, and Yo-Yo for both adults and children. Alternatively, you can also rent these beach houses or the cabanas for an entire day for a great time with family or a large group. You will be eligible for unlimited soft drinks, free sunscreen and parking (not in that order, really), and you will also get free life jackets.
Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure
Address: 4599 Splash Adventure Pkwy, Bessemer, AL 35022, United States
Website: Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure
3. Point Mallard Park, Decatur
Located in Decatur, Alabama, Point Mallard Park sits off the Flint Creek shoreline. Open all year round, this park is only one of the many great places to visit in Alabama. It is run by the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Board and is next to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. The Park’s Blackburn Aquatic Center was created after Gilmer Blackman the Mayor of Decatur, who worked from 1962 to1968, saw enclosed swimming pools in Germany and thought that one could be a tourist attraction in the US. He then worked together with Austin Smith, a pool manufacturer to come up with a design of the pool.
Point Mallard Park
Address: 2901 Point Mallard Dr SE, Decatur, AL 35601, United States
Website: Point Mallard Park
Opening hours: Fri - Mon, Wed: 10am - 6pm, Tue, Thu: 10am - 8pm
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4. Adventure Island, Orange Beach
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
If you are looking for a theme park that features the best thrills and rides for the whole family then Adventure Island Orange Beach is the place to be. Some of the things that you can enjoy include bumper boats, ride go-karts and play laser tag. In addition, you can also experience boat rides, adventure golf, and kiddle rides. Located in the heart of Orange Beach across the street from Seaside Beach and Racquet. As the ultimate place for family fun, you can also experience the eruption of the five-story volcano.
Address: 24559 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561, United States
Website: Adventure Island
Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 10am - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
5. OWA, Foley
The park OWA is the Gulf Coast’s largest and newest amusement part with over 23 thrilling attractions. From thriller to kiddle the park has several rides. As compared to other parks it has all of the amenities in one property. Besides 22 rides, OWA features a great selection of traditional Midway games plus interactive splash pad, wacky waters that makes this place very cool. Whether you want to see how a loud you scream on the Rollin Thunder or play it safe on the Leap it Frog you can enjoy everything. Offering attractions suitable for all ages, you’ll always find a new way to entertain yourself with every visit.
Address: 101-N South OWA Blvd, Foley, AL 36535, United States
6. Adventureland Theme Park, Dothan
Open 365 days a year, Adventureland is situated in Dothan. It offers a variety of affordable and fun activities for the whole family. One of the activities that it offers is the mini-fold which includes 18 holes. Playing here only costs 7 USD per round per person. Another activity that you can enjoy here during the hot days is the park’s bumper boats. If you love go-karts then you’ll most likely enjoy climbing into the seat of the Adventureland’s go-karts to race your friends and family around. Let your children play it rough at the batting cages. In addition, it also has indoor games such as an arcade that attracts everybody regardless of their age. To play the games you’ll have to buy the tokens. The best deal is 120 token for only 25 USD.
Adventureland Theme Park
Address: 3738 W Main St, Dothan, AL 36305, United States
Website: Adventureland Theme Park
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 8pm, Fri - Sat: 10am - 11:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 8pm
Have a fun family-oriented holiday
We strongly believe that the awesome theme parks and amusement parks highlighted above will come in handy as you plan your next trip to Alabama with the entire family. You can also bring your furry friends and stay in one of these pet-friendly cabins so they don’t miss out all the fun. Whatever strikes your fancy, go for it. The list of activities is endless so make sure you enjoy the tour. Alabama even has the best spots for glamping if nature adventures what you prefer.
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