Summer Activities in Tuscaloosa

There are a lot of opportunities to have fun in Tuscaloosa during the summer, including outdoor activities.

By Jake Bass
Sports Producer

As graduation approaches and the end of the school year nears, most students will head home for their summer vacations. For those either taking classes or living in Tuscaloosa the list of activities to do dwindles throughout the summer, but there are still a lot of exciting opportunities on campus, or in Tuscaloosa.

“We have offered sports such as 3 vs. 3 basketball, racquetball, 4 vs. 4 flag football, and tennis in previous summers,” said Brooke Turner, an Assistant Director of Competitive Sports at the University of Alabama Recreation. “We are working on a schedule for this summer based on popularity of sports, facility availability, and student staffing levels.”

Turner said they usually release the summer schedule in early-mid May. She also mentioned that the tennis courts and outdoor pool at the recreation center are usually busy during the summer. If you are taking classes at UA this summer, the recreation center is part of your tuition, but if you are just living in Tuscaloosa not taking classes, membership is $38.

Outside of the basic weight lifting and basketball offered through the recreation center, the Outdoor Recreation program on campus offers unique experiences.

“I would have to recommend renting outdoor gear from us (Outdoor Recreation) or climbing in our gym,” said Stephen Middleton, the Manager of Outdoor Recreation. “We have boats (canoes & kayaks), camping gear, and bikes that are very popular during the summer sessions.”

They also have a bouldering gym that is in the recreation center that is available all summer for $15 if you are a member of the recreation center.

If you are interested in getting more involved in the Tuscaloosa community, there are plenty of things to do around the city and county!

“We have kayaks, canoes, and paddle board rentals on the lake and at Van de Graaff park,” said Becky Booker, the Public Relations and Marketing Manager of Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation. “Those are very fun. We’ve got all of our hiking and biking multi-purpose trails.”

Booker said another fun activity is taking your dogs for a walk in the dog park or going to places in Tuscaloosa such as Hurricane Creek, Sokol Park, and Van de Graaff park. She said those were their top hiking destinations.

Whether you just want to lift weights or go for hikes, there are plenty of fun and exciting opportunities in Tuscaloosa this summer to explore.