Take the edge off the dog days of summer with our picks for the best places to cool off in the US, from natural swimming holes to man-made fountains.
Designed by Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park consists of two 50-foot towers of glass blocks facing each other across a black granite plaza. The plaza becomes a 1/8th-inch-deep pool, allowing visitors to essentially "walk on water."
Shoot through Mother Nature's hydraulics at the swimming holes at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in Middle Brook, MO.
Cool off on the natural watersides in Ohiopyle State Park, a gift from Mother Nature and thousands of years of erosion.
Kids and adults alike play in the Bethesda Fountain at Central Park in New York City.
Take a dip in the stream-fed pool beneath the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, at Robert H. Treman State Park in the Finger Lakes.
An overall look at Noah's Ark, America's largest water park, located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
A boy plays around on a rope swing at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, TX. Blue Hole recently opened as a regional park, before that it was a good ol' Texas swimmin' hole.
A family enjoys lazy river rafting on the scenic Delaware River.
A boy plays at Schlitterbahn Water Park Resort in New Braunfels, TX.
Three friends jump off a rock into shallow water at the Lareau Swimming Hole in Waitsfield, VT.
A family enjoying one of many tubing rides located at Wet-N-Wild Water Park in Orlando, FL.
Local children play in a waterfall in Kauai, HI.
A competitor coming to the end of the Challenge Course at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, CT.