So long, summer: pools & water parks wrap up for the season

Beat the dog days of summer at these Heartland water parks

Summer is coming to a close and that means pools and water parks around the Heartland are preparing to close for the season.


Cape Girardeau:

cape splashCape Splash is now operating under reduced hours. It’s only open Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m.

The last day of operation will be Monday, September 3 from noon until 6 p.m.

Bring the whole family to enjoy the lazy river, the racing slides, the splash pad and more.

Central Pool is closed for public swim hours until September 24.

Crews will install “The Bubble” the week of Sept. 17-23. Once the pool reopens, adults age 18+ can use the lap pool for fitness Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,


The Chaffee Swimming Pool closed for the season on Aug. 19.


The Farmington Water Park & The River’s Edge Splash Pad is operating on “Back to School Hours.” The Water Park is closed Monday through Friday, but the splash pad remains open free of charge. The water park is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  It will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Labor Day and will then close for the season.


The Jackson Pool will close for the season on Saturday, August 25. You can enjoy one last day at the pool from 1-6 p.m. It’s already closed on weekdays.

Poplar Bluff:

The water park at Hydro Adventures will officially close on Labor Day. You can still take a run down the water slides or a dip in the pools from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the weekend, but the park is closed on weekdays for the remainder of the year.

You can still have fun on their dry attractions like miniature golf, go-karts, rides, batting cages, and much more  Friday through Sunday for the remainder of the year. CLICK HERE for the hours.

Scott City:

The Scott City Pool will close for the season on Labor Day. Your last chance to go for a swim is Monday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Get your laps in, jump off the deep end, slide off into the water or kick back in the lazy river at Carbondale’s Super Splash Park. The park is only open on the weekends from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for the remainder of the season.

The 2018 season starts on Saturday, May 26. The outdoor park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You also have the option to drop by the LIFE Center Indoor pool for a refreshing swim. CLICK HERE for hours.

Your adventure awaits.


Marion Park District Aquatic Center closed for the season on Aug. 5.

The HUB is open year round. You can enjoy any of the three indoor pools. CLICK HERE for hours.

Mount Vernon:

Closing day at the Aquatic Zoo Water Park is on Monday, Sept. 3.

Kick back on the lazy river, spray the day away on the splash pad, feel the excitement of the body slide, or ride the tube slide on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

On Labor Day, the final day of the season, you can enjoy the park from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Santa Claus, Indiana

If you’re looking for a quick day trip out of the Heartland, you may want to check out Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. It’s open on the weekend for the remainder of the year. Splashin’ Safari’s last day of operation is Labor Day.

Holiday World opened for its 72nd season this year.

Even better, you’ll notice $3.5 million in additions and improvements including the addition of a calming room.

Visitors this season can expect to see:

  • Track improvements and new control system for The Voyage, the world’s second-longest wooden roller coaster
  • Newly restored Scarecrow Scrambler, a classic ride added to the park in 1975
  • Electric Car Charging Station
  • New food items such as Loaded Waffle Fries, Sausage on a Stick, Turkey Bowls, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, 12 ICEE flavors, plus new Daily Deals
  • All new entertainment, including a stunt show, musical magic show, and strolling brass band, premiering Memorial Day Weekend

Splashin’ Safari opened for the season on May 10. New additions include:

  • Tembo Falls – a water slide complex with eight junior slides, including twisters, a helix, a mini-bowl, and two racing slides
  • Tembo Tides – a junior wave pool plus spray features for younger children
  • Riverside Retreats – mini cabanas



The Paducah Parks Services Department closed Noble Park Pool for the season on August 5.