Hello summer: pools & water parks open for the season

Beat the dog days of summer at these Heartland water parks

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


Cape Girardeau:

cape splashCape Splash opens for the 2019 season on May 25.
It will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.
Season passes are available. CLICK HERE for rates for the 2019 season.
Bring the whole family to enjoy the lazy river, the racing slides, the splash pad and more.

Central Pool is open. Recreation and public swim hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Adults age 18+ 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., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


The Chaffee Swimming Pool will open on May 25.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The pool is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.


The Farmington Water Park & The River’s Edge Splash Pad opens for the season on May 25.
Hours of operation are Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.


The Jackson Pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 25. You can enjoy the pool from 1-6 p.m. daily.


The Perry Park Center pool opens for open swim on Monday, May 27. You can swim from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Friday, and from 1:00-6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Poplar Bluff:

The water park at Hydro Adventures opens May 18 at 11 a.m.
Water park attractions will be open including the Twisted Six mega thrill slide, Poseidon’s Pipeline waterslide, Crashing Waves Bay Pool, Splish-Splash Bay Interactive Water Play Structure and the Easy River.
The outdoor Fun Park attractions, Miniature Golf, Go Karts, and new Bounce Pad will be open per along with our indoor Laser Tag and Arcade, which are open year-round.
CLICK HERE for the hours.

Scott City:

The Scott City Pool will open for the 2019 season on May 25. The pool is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 1-7 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. It opens for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 25. 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.

Du Quoin:

The Du Quoin Municipal pool opens Saturday, May 25. CLICK HERE for hours.


Marion Park District Aquatic Center opens on Monday, May 27 from 1-4 p.m.

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

Mount Vernon:

The Aquatic Zoo Water Park opens on Monday, May 27.
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 Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.


The city pool will open for the season on May 27.



Venture River Water Park opens for the 2019 season on Friday, May 24. Monday through Saturday, the park is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can hit the park from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Venture River features a wave pool, slides, a lady river, and an area just for little swimmers.


The Paducah Parks Services Department will open Noble Park Pool for the season on Saturday, May 25. The pool will be open Tuesday through Sunday each week. The hours Tuesday-Saturday are from noon until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5 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 73rd season this year.

CLICK HERE for hours of operation.

Even better, you’ll notice $5.5 million in additions and improvements to the park.

Visitors this season can expect to see:

  • Santa’s Merry Marketplace, with five serving stations offering varying menus, plus Candy Cane Confectionary, Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe, and the Polar Expresso
  • New “Kids World” event for five weekends starting in mid-August
  • Track improvements to 720 feet of The Voyage, the world’s second-longest wooden roller coaster
  • On-ride photos for Gobbler Getaway dark ride
  • Candy Cornucopia store and Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shop in the Thanksgiving section
  • Four additional Cabanas

Last year, the park introduced a calming room.

Splashin’ Safari opened for the season on May 11.