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2010 10 Best Cities for Water Activities

Summer is heating up, and it's time to start scoping out the perfect spot to cool down. We're talking H2O. There's nothing like a swim, dive or dip to beat the heat. Whether you're at the beach, on a lake, river or just chilling at the water park, it's time to get wet. Want an extreme water scene? We have plenty of white water for you. Or perhaps you prefer to relax and ride a more gentle wave? We've got you covered. This list of 10 awesome water cities gives you choices from a leisurely beach vacation to wild rides down some serious rivers and everything in between. So grab your sunscreen and swimsuits, and get ready to take a plunge.

Ranking Criteria
Water as a main attraction
Year-round activities
  • 10

    Rocky Mount , NC

    Population: 56,642
    Todd Bennett

    City Lake is the center of all kinds of activity in Rocky Mount, NC. Not only do residents take advantage of the usual fishing and lake lounging, but they come to enjoy a little Christmas celebration every winter. Canoe and kayaking trips along Class I rapids are available at the Tar River Waterways, and anyone looking for a more in-depth water experience can camp along the river banks.

    Bodies of Water: Tar River, City Lake

    Activities: Canoeing and kayaking, fishing, camping

    Summer High: 89.7

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