First, a bit of history is in order. The theme park was originally known as Visionland, then Alabama Adventure (which included Splash Beach water park). In 2012, its owners ditched the amusement rides and the Visionland name and concentrated on the water park, which they renamed Splash Adventure. Then, another new owner renamed the park Alabama Splash Adventure and began bringing back some of the amusement park rides.
The water park is fairly large and offers some marquee thrill rides, including UpSurge!, a half-pipe slide that sends riders in rafts careening back and forth. It also offers the "toilet bowl" ride, Splashdown, that sends passengers swirling around a bowl and flushes them into a splash pool. The Wipeout Adventure Course, as its name suggests, is an obstacle course with water-based fun.
The usual water park suspects, including water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river are also available. Younger children will enjoy Salamander Bay, a water activity area, and Castaway Island, an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket.
The highlight of the amusement park rides is the wooden roller coaster, Rampage. Visitors who dare to challenge Mist-ical Maze may get water sprayed at them if they make a wrong turn. There is also a small drop tower ride, a train ride, a laser tag attraction, a kiddie coaster, and other rides for younger kids.
What's to Eat?
Typical park fare includes funnel cake, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, and popcorn. Among the more unique items are pulled pork sandwiches and a selection of pies, which are served at The General's Diner. Note that the park does not allow guests to bring in coolers nor any outside food.
Alabama Splash Adventure is owned by members of the same family that operates Holiday World in Indiana. Like that park, it offers complimentary soft drinks, free parking, free sunscreen, free life jackets, and free WiFi.
New for 2015
Continuing to reopen the "dry" rides, Splash Adventure brought back Rampage, a wooden roller coaster that rises 120 feet and reaches a top speed of 56 mph.
New for 2012
To help make the transition from Alabama Adventure to Splash Adventure, the park added two new attractions: Aqua Course is a water-themed obstacle course in which participants wear harnesses and cross zip lines and bridges as they tackle water elements, and Water Maze is a booby-trapped (with water gotchas) labyrinth.
The park is located near Birmingham in Bessemer at Alabama Adventure Parkway. Take Exit 110 off I-459 at I-20 and I-59.
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