You don't have to travel hundreds of miles away to have an awesome summer vacation--in fact, you don't even have to leave Tuscaloosa County! There are so many fun things to do here--enough to keep you and your family busy all summer long. Check out our Tuscaloosa Summer Bucket List and start planning your vacation today!




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    Lemonade Day

    June 18th is Lemonade Day in Tuscaloosa, a chance for kids to have some fun while learning entrepreneurial skills and helping their communities. The founders of Lemonade Day have set out to teach kids how to start and run a business by giving them the tools they need to create a lemonade stand. Your kids can get in on the fun; click HERE to register and get more event details.

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    Lake Lurleen State Park

    Visit Lake Lurleen this summer! The state-run park is just minutes away from Tuscaloosa and offers campgrounds, a public beach, picnic areas, boat docks and more.

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    Free Summer Movie Series at Cobb Theaters Hollywood 16

    Looking for a way to have some fun without breaking the bank? Take the kids to see a free movie at Hollywood 16! Movies are shown every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting June 14. Check out the 2016 schedule HERE.

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    Rock Out at the Amphitheater

    Your summer isn't complete without catching a show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater! Concerts this year: "I Love the 90's" tour with Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Salt-N-Pepa and more; Darius Rucker; the "MY2K Tour" with 98 Degrees, Ryan Cabrera, O-Town, and Dream; Train; Australian Pink Floyd

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    Facebook via Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa

    Children's Hands-On Museum

    CHOM is the perfect place to take your kids this summer; the museum features three floors of fun and interactive displays, and CHOM hosts several special events and parties throughout the season.

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    Facebook via Steel City Pops

    Chill Out with Steel City Pops

    Beat the heat with a cool treat from Steel City Pops! Their store is located behind Which Which off University Boulevard Downtown Tuscaloosa; stop in this summer and try one of their delicious gourmet popsicles.

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    Facebook via Tuscaloosa PARA

    Make a Splash

    Check out one of Tuscaloosa's Splash Pads this summer! The kids will have a blast at the Harrison Taylor Splash Pad at Palmore Park, Evans-Roshell Park Splash Pad, or Freeman Pool. Don't miss the brand-new Super Splasher Slide at Bowers Park Pool; click HERE to learn more about the best Splash Pads and Pools in and around Tuscaloosa.

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    Getty Images/BananaStock RF

    First Friday

    See what's going down in Downtown Tuscaloosa with First Fridays! The first Friday of every month, you have a chance to check out Tuscaloosa's many boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and more. Many businesses are open for extended hours for the event which happens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more about First Friday HERE.

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    Veg Out

    Summer is the best season for produce, so hit up a local farmer's market and load up on fresh fruits and veggies! Stop by the Tuscaloosa Farmer's Market in the Tuscaloosa River Market off Jack Warner Parkway or the Northport Farmer's Market off 5th Street in Northport this summer.

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    Getty Images/Purestock

    On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!

    The Summer Reading Program at the Tuscaloosa Public Library is packed with awesome--and FREE--activities! They have from magic shows to storytellers planned this summer in a free program that encourages kids to develop a love for reading.

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