It's summer, and TBH, I am not all that psyched. Summer is THE WORST. It's hot and humid, and by the time August rolls around I am seriously questioning the decision making process that led me to live in the South.

(You can read all the reasons why I HAAAAAAATE Summer here, BTW.)

But I digress.

We're able to get through summer in the south thanks to mankind's greatest achievement: AIR CONDITIONING. Why go outside and melt like that one dude from Raiders of the Lost Ark when you can stay and play INSIDE? I mean, it's a no-brainer.

Lucky for us, Tuscaloosa has plenty of places to play--check out our list of the seven best summer activities in T-Town below!

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    Facebook via CHOM

    Children's Hands-On Museum

    Take your kids to CHOM for a summer activity they'll love! The Children's Hands-On Museum, located on University Boulevard Downtown, has three floors of interactive exhibits for kids--and they have special activities planned all summer long!

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    Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Free Movies at Cobb Theaters Hollywood 16

    The only thing better than watching a movie at Hollywood 16 Cinemas off Skyland Boulevard is watching a FREE movie at Hollywood 16 Cinemas! Familes love Cobb Theater's Summer Movie series; free movies are shown every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning June 14th. Check the schedule HERE.

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    Facebook via PARA

    Bobby Miller Activity Center

    You have to check out the Bobby Miller Activity Center this summer! The center, located off 69 South in Tuscaloosa, boasts the largest indoor soft playground in the Southeast with over 1800 square feet of fun! There's also an indoor pool, racquetball courts, a rock climbing wall, and so much more!

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    Facebook via Alabama Museum of Natural History

    Alabama Museum of Natural History

    You'll find this museum in Smith Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama. Learn about Alabama's history and natural beauty through the exhibitions housed in this stunning museum. Admission is a steal--just $2 for adults and $1 for kids!

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    Facebook via Monkey Joe's Tuscaloosa

    Monkey Joe's

    As a parent of a three-year-old, I can tell you that Monkey Joe's is just THE BEST. They have huge inflatables that let your kid jump, hop, and bounce out all her excessive energy, and they have arcade games that are so much fun. You can stay and play all day; they even sell concessions!

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    Facebook via Tuscaloosa Public Library

    Tuscaloosa Public Library

    Plan to visit the Tuscaloosa Public Library throughout the summer! Their calendar is jam-packed with activities for the entire family, and kids will love this year's Summer Reading Program!

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    University Mall

    Head indoors to do your shopping this summer! Tuscaloosa's University Mall boasts department stores like JCPenney, Belk, and Sears plus favorites like American Eagle, Maurice's, Victoria's Secret, and more. Hit up the food court for lunch, and you can stay inside all day!

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