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.

Lake Oconee – Georgia

While it's not Georgia’s largest lake, Lake Oconee is perhaps its most comfortable. Connected to it’s sister lake, Lake Sinclair, by Wallace Dam, Lake Oconee stretches out between Eatonton and Greensboro, both of which are picturesque and dripping in small town Southern charm. Choose to stay at one of Greensboro’s many Inns and B&Bs, or opt for a little luxury and stay at The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Oconee—your room will even come with nightly s’more roasts.

Online: visitlakeoconee.com

Photo: Melissa Wilkins via flickr

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—Shelley Massey