Splish Splash: Where to cool off this summer

Beat the dog days of summer at these Heartland water parks

A true sign of summer: when the pools and water parks open for the season.

Good news: there are places all over the Heartland where you can make a splash.

Here’s a guide to where you can beat the dog days of summer.


Cape Girardeau:

cape splashCape Splash is scheduled to open the summer season at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26.

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

This year Cape Splash is hosting several events for folks of all ages to enjoy. CLICK HERE for a closer look.

Central Pool opens for summer recreation hours starting June 2.

The pool is open for anyone to enjoy a little recreation time Monday through Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.

You can use the lap pool for fitness Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Go for a swim when the pool in Chaffee opens for summer on Saturday, May 26. You can make a splash Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.


The Farmington Water Park & The River’s Edge Splash Pad kicks off the summer starting Saturday, May 26.

From then until school starts, you can make a splash Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The water park will close on Labor Day.


The Jackson Pool will open its gates at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. You can enjoy a swim daily from 1 to 6 p.m. Here, your little ones can even take swim lessons. CLICK HERE for more information.

Poplar Bluff:

Hydro Adventures kicked off the summer season on May 19.

That’s when the water slides and pools for various ages and thrill-levels, and a variety of dry attractions like miniature golf, go-karts, rides, batting cages, and much more will be open to everyone.

Trough the summer, you can cool off at the water park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Scott City:

The Scott City Pool opes Saturday, May 26. Go for a swim Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 to 7 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 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 will open on Monday, May 28, 2018. Cool off at the pool from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mount Vernon:

Opening day at the Aquatic Zoo Water Park is on Saturday, May 26.

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.

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.

Holiday World opened for its 72nd season this year.

Even better, you’ll notice $3.5 million in additions and improvements.

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 will open Noble Park Pool for the season on Saturday, May 26. Make a splash from 12 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.