There’s a reason lakes take the cake in the summer time. Sparkling water, gentle waves and the absence of jellies and crabs make a perfect low-key vacation spot for families with bitty bums in tow. Flip through the gallery to discover 13 fresh bodies of water to dip your toes in this summer.

Skaneateles Lake – New York

Pronounced "Skinny at las(t)," this small town sits on the shores of an unspoiled blue lake in central New York's Finger Lakes region. Lakes in the region are old and natural, seeped in Native American folklore, and totally worth a summer visit. Skaneateles is an excellent starting point for exploring the entire region, which is filled with quaint towns, historic sites, wineries, museums, and parks. 

Online: fingerlakes.org

Photo: Peter Dutton via flickr 

Where will you make a splash this summer? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey