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.

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    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)
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    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)
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    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.

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    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!

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    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