If you grew up in the Huntsville area in the late 80’s or early 90’s and haven’t been back to Point Mallard since then, it is time to give it another chance. I think you ‘ll be pleasantly surprised with the improvements that have been made over the years!
With all the excitement of the opening of the World’s Longest Water Slide, my kids were itching to go to a waterpark. Kansas City, Kansas is a bit of a stretch for a day trip, although Verruckt at Shlitterbahn does look like a must-do for a future road trip adventure.
With the family car packed to maximum capacity, we set out to explore Point Mallard Park in Decatur, AL. If you grew up in the Huntsville area in the late 80’s or early 90’s and haven’t been back to Point Mallard since then, it is time to give it another chance. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the improvements that have been made over the years!
“Point Mallard has come a long way since it’s opening day in August of 1970, yet many things have remained the same. Point Mallard officials are proud to maintain the natural environment while, at the same time, offer a fun, wholesome and clean place for kids of all ages to relax and enjoy the area. The improvements over recent years include the 1180 ft lazy river with splash pad and double drop speed slides! New concessions and restrooms have also been added to accommodate the growing number of happy guests.” – Julianne Hansens, director of marketing for Point Mallard Water Park
One of the best things about Point Mallard is that there is something for everyone. If you are like many families, you may have children with ages ranging from toddler to teen. At Point Mallard you can be assured that everyone will have a great time.
- No outside food or drink is allowed inside the waterpark: to be budget conscious, pack a cooler and at lunch time make use of some of the picnic tables outside the water park area. You can get a bracelet for same day readmission.
- There are many ways to score discounts, with four days per week being half-price. There is also a military discount and days where kids 11 and under are admitted for free.
- Watch the weather, there are NO refunds or rain checks!
- There are inflation stations: bring your favorite deflated raft or tube from home for the wave pool and save room in the car. Inflate it just inside the water park!
- Children 4 and under are always FREE!
- Height requirement for most slides is 42″ tall. The Bowl Slides a minimum of 48″ and must know how to swim.
The Wave Pool
Fun for all ages, the little ones do great at 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 more than enough lounge chairs for all.
The Beach Area
A roped-off area of beach, sand, and all. Even a sand volleyball court, you can borrow a volleyball in the customer service area. Here too there are beach chairs for the parents. Little ones may enjoy building a sandcastle, my group played a nice game of volleyball.
Squirt Factory and Duck Pond
Great for that toddler age with small slides and plenty of water fun. It is small enough for parents to feel comfortable keeping an eye on the little ones; yet plenty of size for hours of kid sized fun!
Towering Sky Pond
Have a daredevil in the family? Well the platform dive might be right up their alley! Regulation diving boards as well as the Olympic pool can be found in that area.
A great new addition to relax in the sun. This is good for all ages.
Slides, Slides and More Slides!
There is the two-person slide in the Olympic Pool area. The Pro Bowl Slide, (which my kids have named the Toilet) for the circular motion in which it deposits you out into the pool. Two speed slides (which can be a little rough on your back) and three flume slides which are used with a tube provided for you. The slide area has a height requirement, this is where you might let your older ones navigate on their own while you spend some one-on-one time with your vertically challenged little ones.
As you can see, it’s easy to spend an entire day at Point Mallard. The food is reasonably priced and we tested the pizza, it was delicious (only two choices, cheese or pepperoni). For a waterpark the bathrooms are clean, when judging this consider the task they have at hand when everyone that enters is wet.
- Follow Point Mallard on Facebook. There is a once a year sale for season passes at $50 each, I believe this occurs each March. It will be announced on their social media sites.
- Still trying to plan a late summer birthday blowout? Point Mallard can help you make it a success with their party package!
- Sign up here to keep up with all the happenings at Point Mallard Park!
Point Mallard Website
Address: 2901 Point Mallard Drive, Decatur (map)
Phone: (256) 341-4900
General Admission Cost:
Children (Ages 5 – 11) $15.00
Adults (12 and 61) $20.00
Seniors (62+) $15.00
Military (with ID) – $15.00
Children 4 and under FREE
Born in Germany, but raised in Huntsville, Melika Nixon brings a unique perspective to travel and culture. As a nurse practitioner and single mother to seven-year-old twin boys, including one with serious medical issues, she brings an even more keen perspective to traveling with children. She frequently writes about creative, cost-effective ways to introduce children to the world through the gift of travel.