- What's new at Point Mallard Water Park, plus parent tips on how to have the best day!
- Day Passes: $12-28
Point Mallard water park opened in August of 1970 and is home to America’s first wave pool. My family has been visiting every summer since I was born. The park has continued to grow throughout the years, adding new adventures for everyone to enjoy. There is something for all ages to explore!
Point Mallard Water Park Parent Review
This year they have added cabanas to rent which is a great way to rest next to the lazy river. I took 5 kids ages 12, 12, 11, 7, and 3. We met our friends who also brought toddlers with them. I arrived at the park at 11am and there was only one cabana left to rent, so I got lucky! You can reserve one 24 hours in advance if you pay in full. Our group pitched in to get the large one and it was a much-needed relief when the kids started getting tired. You also get a free locker with your rental to keep your important things safe. Costs are: large $99 and small $39.
Fun for a Variety of Ages
The Wave Pool
Fun for all ages, the little ones do great with the sloped walk-in to the pool and the big kids love trying to swim to the wall! The surrounding area has a great place for parents to rest, with lots of lounge chairs for all.
Towering Sky Pond
My pre-teens and 7-year-old said the best slide was the sky pond which is located at the Olympic pool – it’s a two-rider slide. There are diving boards, high dives, and platforms in that same pool.
Squirt Factory and Duck Pond
While the older kids had their fun, we had the toddlers at the squirt factory and duck pond kiddie areas which are nearby. The kiddie areas have slides, sprinklers, swings, sprayers, and will keep the littles busy for a very long time.
The Beach Area
If you are looking for a beach fix, they even have a sandy beach with complimentary loungers and a sand volleyball court.
Lazy River & More Slides
It’s a short five minute walk over to the Lazy River area, and we ended our day at what I have always called “the blue slides”. In this area you can float around the lazy river, let the kids run wild in the splash pad, and enjoy the slides. There are three flume slides, the ProBowl slide, and speed slides on the other side of the hill.
This is also where the cabanas are located and my toddler had an awesome time in ours with her tablet playing a favorite Disney movie, which gave her some time out of the sun! The older kids ran off to the slides that are close by while we enjoyed the shade and got some much needed rest.
Food at Point Mallard
Time to eat!! You can splurge on park food which include burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, fries, chicken fingers, shaved ice, all of the food you would expect in most concession stands. There is also a booth that serves pizza, an ice cream shop, and a drink stand.
If you are looking to save money or have health needs, outside food and drinks are not allowed in the park, however, you can keep it in a cooler in the car to eat outside of the park at the picnic tables. We ate at the park and enjoyed it. My favorite thing to eat is the scooper hero ice cream which is rainbow-colored. The park also has a gift shop which has just about anything you may have forgotten and need to grab.
My kids closed the park down so we were there for 7 hours total. They are already wanting to go back!
My Point Mallard Parent Tips
- Check the weather before going, they do not give rain checks or refunds
- No outside food or drinks. For real – they won’t let you in with a cooler.
- Life jackets and puddle jumpers are allowed except on speed slides, pro bowl, high dives, and platforms
- Goggles without a nose covering are allowed
- You can bring your own float and they have air compressors in the park
- No boogie boards or oversized floats
- No baby floats with leg holes in the wave pool or lazy river
- T-shirts/swim shirts are allowed except on pro bowl and speed slides
- Height requirement on most slides is 42”
- Pro Bowl height requirement is 48” and you must know how to swim well
Point Mallard Details
Location: 2901 Point Mallard Cir SE, Decatur, AL (map)
Cost: Ages 12+ – $28 | Ages 3-11 and Seniors 62+ – $23 | Ages 2 and under FREE
½ price Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays)
Season pass $140 each | Family of 4 season pass $440
Cabanas: large $99 small $39 (comes with free locker rental)
$25 free drink refill all summer
$8 locker rentals
$5 float rentals
Hours: Opens Saturday, May 27 through Labor Day (Starting August 5th, they are only open on weekends)
Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Sundays 1pm-6pm
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Tab McGee was born at Huntsville Hospital and raised in Decatur. She lives with her husband who is known as “The Crane Ninja”, and 4 children on their farm in Elkmont. Tab spends most of her time homeschooling her kids, taking care of their animals, and rolling up to the soccer fields in her van. She is always looking for fun things to do with the kids and places to explore, especially if animals are involved, she even loves bugs. Some of her favorite things to do in her free time include reading self improvement books, cooking, organizing, drinking smoothies, and she is always excited to learn something new.