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.

Big Bear Lake – California

Located in San Bernardino County, you might recognize Big Bear Lake as the backdrop to multiple movies (including Gone with the Wind, oddly enough). As Southern California’s biggest lake and it’s location near two ski resorts, Big Bear Lake offers hiking and horseback riding in addition to boating, fishing, swimming, and diving.


Photo: Clinton Steeds via flickr

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

—Shelley Massey