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    Among the many things to do in Louisville this summer includes plenty of opportunities to cool off at a pool, splash park and water parks. The Louisville area is home to plenty of all three types of water fun, and the following is a listing of those places along with admission fees (if any), and contact information for each park.


    Metro Parks operates several of the pools in the area, including:

    Algonquin Park
    1614 Cypress Street
    Open daily (except Tuesdays) 1-6 p.m. 

    Nelson Hornbeck Park
    709 Fairdale Road
    Open daily (except Mondays) 1-6 p.m.

    Camp Taylor Memorial Park
    4201 Lee Avenue
    Open daily (except Thursdays) 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

    Sun Valley Park
    6506 Bethany Lane
    Open daily (except Wednesdays) 1-6 p.m.

    Admission to the above parks is $2 for children 17 years of age and under and $3 for those 18 and over. Photo IDs are required for those aged 9 and above. If a child does not have an ID, Metro Parks can make one for $4 per child. Call 502-897-9949 for more information.


    Open swim and recreational swim times are also available at several indoor pools in the area, including:

    Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
    201 Reservoir Road

    Recreational swim hours for Meagher are 12-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday plus 7-9 p.m. also on Friday and 12-6 p.m. on Saturday. Lap swim hours, meanwhile, are from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5.50 for those 13 and over, $3 for those 12 and under, and $4.50 for those 60 and over. Therapy pool admissions are also available for $3.50. Yearly memberships, locker rentals and swim lessons are also offered. Check the Meagher Aquatic Center website for more information.

    All About Kids
    2531 Blankenbaker Parkway

    Open swim at All About Kids is 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $7 for All About Kids members and $9 for non-members. Adult swim hours, meanwhile are 12-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission is $5 for adult swim. 

    Plainview Swim Center
    10235 Timberwood Circle, Jeffersontown

    Plainview Swim Center hours are generally 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. daily during the summer. However, hours will fluctuate if special events are taking place at the site. One-day passes are $8 for adults and $6 for children. Five-day and season passes are also available.


    Splash parks

    The Louisville area has plenty of free splash areas for kids to run around, cool off and have fun. The following places will either have the modern, interactive spraygrounds or a traditional, single-sprayer ground. More information can be found at each park's websites. The spray parks include:

    Algonquin Park
    1614 Cypress Street

    Baxter Square
    301 S. 12th Street

    Beckley Creek Park
    1310 Beckley Station Road

    Bingham Park
    160 Coral Avenue

    Boone Square Park
    1935 Rowan Street

    Breslin Park
    1388 Lexington Road

    California Park
    1104 S. 16th Street

    Central Park
    1340 South 4th Street

    Cherokee Park
    745 Cochran Hill Road

    Chickasaw Park
    1200 Southwestern Parkway

    Crescent Hill Park
    3110 Brownsboro Road

    Elliott Square Park
    630 South 28th Street

    Farnsley Park
    3100 Wedgewood Way

    G.G. Moore Park
    626 M Street

    George Rogers Clark Park
    1024 Thurston Avenue

    Huston Quin Park
    4105 South 1st Street

    Iroquois Park
    5216 New Cut Road

    LaPorte Park
    2529 Bank Street

    Long Run Park
    1605 Flat Rock Road

    Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
    201 Reservoir Road

    Nelson Hornbeck Park
    709 Fairdale Road

    Parkhill Park
    1703 South 13th Street

    Petersburg Park
    5008 Indian Trail

    Portland Park
    640 North 27th Street

    Riverview Park
    8202 Greenwood Road

    Russell Lee Park
    3701 Southern Avenue

    Shawnee Park
    4501 West Broadway

    Shelby Park
    600 East Oak Street

    Skyview Park
    2700 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown

    Tyler Park
    1501 Castlewood Avenue

    Victory Park
    1051 South 23rd Street

    Waterfront Park
    downtown (two spraygrounds available)

    William Stansbury Park
    2302 South 3rd Street

    Wyandotte Park
    1104 Beecher Street

    Also, the Louisville Zoo has a spray park on property. However, zoo admission is required to enter the park. 


    Water parks

    The Louisville area is also home to plenty of water parks for all ages to have fun. These places charge admission and include:

    Atlantis Water Park
    515 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN

    Open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission is $8 Monday-Friday and $10 on for weekends and holidays. Season passes are also available. 

    Jeffersonville Aquatic Center
    2107 Middle Road,
    Jeffersonville, IN

    Aquatic Center hours are 12-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Friday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Day passes are $5 for Jeffersonville residents, $6 for Indiana residents and $10 for out-of-state residents. Season passes, group rates, and discounts also available. 

    Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay
    937 Phillips Lane

    Hours for Hurricane Bay vary by the day. Check Kentucky Kingdom's website for times each day. Day passes for the theme and water parks are $49.99 or $39.99 if purchased online. Season passes and special rates are also available.

    Have fun this summer, don't forget the sunscreen and be safe.

    Photo from City of Jeffersontown website

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    A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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