By Candice Morris
While summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities, there are some days when the heat can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat this summer in Tuscaloosa, here are a few ideas you’re not going to want to pass up. And with just a few days left until school starts back, now is the time to gather up the kiddos and enjoy some fun family outdoor activities!
One of the quickest ways to cool off is to take a plunge in the pool. The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority (PARA) has several pools located across town. Bowers Park Pool is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Daily admission is $7 per person.
If you’re looking for water play for your youngsters, you will want to check out the Harrison Taylor Splash Pad at Palmore Park. This fun water area is the perfect place for kids to cool off this summer. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, ages 2 and under are free.
Prefer a more natural water setting? With several different options located in Tuscaloosa, you are sure to find a perfect spot to cool off. Lake Tuscaloosa offers a wide variety of activities for visitors, including swimming, boating and fishing. You may also want to try Hurricane Creek. Visitors can take advantage of the beautiful natural setting or plan a canoe trip down the creek.
If you want to spend some time in the great indoors this summer and enjoy air conditioning as a way of beating the heat, there are many fun places in town that you will want to stop by. For arts and crafts lovers, a trip to The Makers Market is a wonderful way to spend some time out of the heat and support local artisans. With over 100 individual artists and crafters, you will be sure to spend a long time inside exploring.
Tuscaloosa’s many museums are a wonderful way to learn more about our town as well as stay out of the heat. The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art is a great space for art lovers. Want to learn more about our city? Stop by the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum and the Murphy African-American Museum this summer.
If your kids have discovered a new interest in dinosaurs after seeing Jurassic World, a trip to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, located on The University of Alabama campus, is a must for future paleontologists. With exhibits featuring fossils and information about Alabama’s prehistoric time period, visitors can learn more about our state’s natural history.
Movie buffs looking to cool off will want to visit the Cobb Theater this summer for its free summer movies series. Shows start at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and include features such as Tarzan, The Wizard of Oz, and Paddington. For a complete list of showing, please visit Cobb Theatres’ official website.
Wanting your kids to stay out of the heat but still get some activity in their day? Try the new indoor playground at the Bobby Miller Activity Center. With a climbing wall, slides, and a Neos Wall, your kids are sure to get plenty of activity indoors.
Staying out of the heat doesn’t have to mean sitting inside with nothing to do. Get out this summer and cool off at these and many other fun Tuscaloosa locations.
Photo: John Wathen