As the temperatures in Tuscaloosa start to warm up, nothing beats an afternoon at the pool or splash pad to cool off. 

Luckily for residents of Tuscaloosa, there are quite a few choices for places to cool off and relax, whether it be by yourself or with the kids. A great resource for information, as you'll see in this list, is the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority.

  • Tuscaloosa PARA
    Tuscaloosa PARA

    Nancie Blewitt Swim Complex @ Bowers Park

    2101 Bowers Park Drive

    Bower's Park Pool features the Super Splasher Slide and is open for the summer. The daily rate is $10 per person without a Tuscaloosa PARA outdoor aquatics membership. Children under 2 are free.

    Here are the hours:

    • Monday-Thursday - 11a-7p (through August 2)
    • Friday-Saturday - 11a-6p (through Labor Day weekend)
    • Sunday - 1p-5p (through Labor Day weekend)
  • Tuscaloosa PARA
    Tuscaloosa PARA

    Harrison Taylor Splash Pad at Palmore Park

    3701 Fosters Ferry Road

    The Harrison Taylor Splash Pad will be open from May 25 through Labor Day. Entry is $5 per person with children under 2-years-old admitted for free.

    Group discounts are available for groups of 10+. Call or email Mark Harrison at 205-331-5600.

    Here are the hours:

    • 12p-5p Monday-Saturday (through Labor Day weekend)
    • 1p-5p Sunday (through Labor Day weekend)
  • Tuscaloosa PARA
    Tuscaloosa PARA

    Freeman Pool

    3001 Dragons Lane

    Freeman Pool is open to the public from May 25 through Labor Day.

    Monday-Thursday 9-12pm--Swim To The Top Program
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1-3pm--Pool Groups
    FREE Swim Lessons--Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3-4pm
    FREE Swim Fridays, 2-4pm
    FREE Swim Saturdays, 2-4pm
    Sunday -Closed

    Daily admission is $4 per person, after 3pm, admission is $2. Saturday swim sessions are free from 11a-1p and 2p-4p.

  • Tuscaloosa PARA
    Tuscaloosa PARA

    Evans-Roshell Park Splash Pad

    4006 20th Street NE, Holt, AL

    Evans-Roshell Park Splash Pad is free and open to the public each day from dawn until dusk. The park is a wonderful places to walk, enjoy a picnic or to let your kids play in the cool water of the splash pad!


    Fayette Aquatic Center

    218 23rd St NE, Fayette, AL

    The Fayette Aquatic Center will be open everyday beginning May 25. The hours are Monday - Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1pm-5pm.

    Admission is just $10 per person, non member. Season passes will also be available for $100 per individual and an additional $50 per family member.

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    BONUS: Indoor Swimming Pools

    PARA also offers access to three indoor swimming pools around Tuscaloosa, which also offer classes like water aerobics. All three have the same hours:

    Monday-Friday 6a-7:30p

    Saturday 8:30a-7:30p

    Sunday 1:30p-4:30p

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