10 Best Cities for Water Activities

As the summer heat kicks in you'll need a place to cool off. Check out these cities by lakes, rivers and oceans.

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
9. Muskogee, OK Population 38,776
8. Rock Springs, WY Population 23,869
7. Holland, MI Population 33,526
6. Old Orchard Beach, ME Population 8,697
5. Oak Harbor, WA Population 22,331
4. Titusville, FL Population 44,363
3. Kailua, HI Population 12,652
2. San Marcos, TX Population 54,712
1. Charleston, SC Population 127,694