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 Maxinkuckee – Indiana

Lake Maxinkuckee's shoreline is home to the Culver Military Academy and loads of small-town American charm. We’re pretty sure John Mellencamp wrote a song about it. When you’re not splashing in the cool waters, you’ll be watching salt-water taffy be made on Main Street, catching a parade of civic organizations, going for a hot-air balloon ride, or strolling through the town of Culver with an ice cream cone in each hand.

Online: visitmarshallcounty.org

Photo: Foto Guy via flickr 

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

—Shelley Massey