Drench your Senses at Alabama Adventure
Visitors to Alabama Adventure will find plenty of water-cooling rides for their summer pleasure.*
By Lynn Grisard Fullman
Ride, glide, roam.
Slide down and take the plunge at Alabama Adventure, 4599 Alabama Adventure Pkwy., Bessemer, AL, just 15 minutes southwest of Birmingham, AL.
Enjoy two-in-one fun: Splash Beach Water Park and a “dry” amusement park. So ride ‘til you’re soaked, ride ‘til you’re tired or do both!
What’s Hot This Summer?
Alabama Adventure’s 2008 season is under way. What's to see and do there?
A new attraction added in 2007 is Vertigo. This ride flips riders head over heels as it spins and rises. Also added last year is Salamander Bay, a water play area for children 6 and younger.
The newest additions join longtime water park favorites. These include an 800,000-gallon wave pool with an eight-story waterslide that’s lined by a sand beach.
Other popular areas include a Splashdown ride and 25,000-square-foot Castaway Island.
The younger set will love the mini-amusement park.
The ferris wheel for tiny tots is shown at right.*
Get Taken for a Ride
Hold onto your hat and loose change when trying out the roller coasters.
Grab some "air time" on Rampage (shown at left*), one of the nation's fastest and largest wooden coasters.
Or, alternatively head for Zoomerang, a looping, steel boomerang coaster.
For another type of thrill, get "launched" 185 feet in the air at Space Shot.
Sweets and Treats
Hungry? You'll find plenty of munchies throughout Alabama Adventure including burgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, pizza, subs, fruit, cotton candy, soft pretzels and popcorn.
On Friday nights during the summer, park goers enjoy live entertainment including concerts.
The upcoming schedule features John Kay & Steppenwolf (Aug. 3), Jason Michael Carroll (Aug. 10), Darryl Worley (Aug. 18), Birmingham’s first American Idol winner Ruben Studdard (Aug. 25) and CeCe Winans (Sept. 1).
More on the Drawing Board
While rides, shows and water play draw much attention, new amenities are on tap. Southland Entertainment Group, the park's California-based owner, is investing millions of dollars in future park upgrades.
Future plans include construction of a new RV park, campground and 280-suite resort hotel. The hotel will have a conference center and indoor water park.
Originally named Visionland when it opened in 1998, the park was renamed Alabama Adventure in 2006. Some feared visitors might presume the place provided eyeglasses, not thrills.
Just the Facts
Location: Take Interstate 20/59 West to Exit 110 in Bessemer at the junction of Interstate 459. Visit www.alabamaadventure.com for directions.
Schedule: The park is open daily from Memorial Day through mid-August. It is also open on weekends in April, May, mid to late August and September.
Avoid Crowds: It’s least crowded Sundays through Thursdays. Traffic entering the park is heaviest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Schedule: Discounted evening tickets are available daily after 4 p.m. The park frequently offers promotions. For current offers, contact the park (see For More Information section below)
Rentals: Strollers and lockers.
General Admission: The fees are $27.95 for one park or $31.95 for both parks. A Junior/Senior rate is available for guests under 48 inches and/or those 62 and older. A 2007 season pass costs $59.95 for one park or $79.95 for both parks. Taxes are additional.
For More Information
Alabama Adventure: Contact 205-481-4750 or www.alabamaadventure.com
Birmingham Area Tourism Information: Contact the Birmingham CVB at 800-458-8085 or www.bcvb.org.
A professional writer based in Birmingham, AL, Lynn Grisard Fullman has written six books and countless newspaper and magazine articles. She has won numerous awards for her writing.
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