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10 Free Things to Do in the River City this Summer

10 Free Things to Do in the River City this Summer

A River City Summer is finally here and we’ve rounded up 10 totally free things to enjoy together! From splashpads to waterfalls, we’ve got something for every member of the family.

River City Summer Fun for Free

1. Splash around in River City

One of our favorite free summer activities are to splash around at Delano park, SNAP playground in Hartselle, or the mini park in Moulton.

little girl playing in the water at the SNAP Playground Splashpad Hartselle AL
Photo Credit: Monique Billups

2. Free Play at the Parks

There are many parks in River City which is one of our top summer activities. Wilson Morgan, Rhodes Ferry, and SNAP playground are some of our top picks. SNAP is also wheelchair accessible! Check out the Rocket City Mom review on SNAP here!

The SNAP playground can be a great way to add to the fun.

3. Decatur Turtle Trail

Up and down 2nd Avenue 10 turtles are hidden in various locations. Here you can find clues as well as a map of all the turtles with their names included. Can you find them all? 



4. Visit Wheeler Wildlife Refuge this River City Summer

Wheeler wildlife refuge has many opportunities for everyone including birding, hiking, ranger-led programs, wildlife watching and much more! You’re sure to have a wild River City Summer if you visit the refuge. 

5. MoCo Mural Trail

If you’re interested in art the MoCo trail is the perfect thing for you. The mural trail guides visitors around all of the vibrant murals that are around this wonderful town.



6. Point Mallard Trail

Point mallard offers a three mile bike and hiking trail that embodies a rich variety of terrain and sights. This is the perfect way to spend your River City Summer. 

7. Carnegie Visual Arts Center

The Carnegie Visual Arts Center’s goal since opening is to provide the community with educational and cultural opportunities. They encourage a greater involvement in art of all ages.



8. Decatur’s Civil War Walking Trail

Decatur is rich with history, enjoy a self guided tour of Dectur’s civil war sites. Brochures are available at visitors center, old state bank, and bank street merchants.

9. Disc Golf Fun this River City Summer

There are many disc golf courses around River City; Flying Dragon, H.A. Alexander Disc Golf, and Sparkman Park are some of the favorites.

10. Chasing Waterfalls

Bankhead National Forrest offers many hiking trails as well as waterfalls to cool you off once you’ve reached the end of your hike. Kinlock falls, Caney Creek, and the Sipsey are some of the easier hikes that would be good for the smaller kiddos!

There’s something special about enjoying a hike and seeing a waterfall at the end.


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