Cincinnati, OH

#5. Cincinnati, OH

Like Kansas City, Cincinnati also scored a spot on Livability’s list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. And while summers here can get hot, Cincy knows how to cool off in some seriously delicious ways. The city prides itself on its frozen treats, including its claim to fame: Graeter’s Ice Cream, which has been churning out heavenly French pot ice cream since 1868. And in 1970, a Cincinnatian invented the Slush Puppie machine, providing brain-chilling concoctions to generations to come.

Cincinnati is also home to Wake Nation, a full-sized cable wake park that uses a boat-free cable pulley system, allowing riders to water ski, wakeboard and wakeskate on a 10-acre lake.

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