Swimsuits Through the Years

Take a look back at how swimsuits, especially the 2-piece variety, have changed over the years … and by change we mean gotten very “itty-bitty, teeny-weeny.”

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Crown Fountain, Millenium Park, Chicago, Illinois
Crown Fountain, Chicago

Crown Fountain, Chicago

Designed by Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park consists of 2 50-foot glass brick towers facing each other across a black granite plaza. LED screens project the faces of smiling Chicago residents who take turns spurting water into the 1/8th-inch deep reflecting pool. 960 1280

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Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri

Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River or shoot through "Mother Nature's hydraulics" in the natural swimming holes at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in Middle Brook, MO. 960 1280

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Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania

Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania

Cool off on the natural watersides in Ohiopyle State Park, a gift from Mother Nature, the Youghiogheny River Gorge and thousands of years of erosion. 960 1280

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Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

Who says you can't keep cool in the city? Park yourself alongside the Bethesda Fountain in Central park or to take to the Lake in a rented rowboat from Loeb’s boathouse. 960 1280

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Robert H. Treman State Park, New York

Robert H. Treman State Park, New York

Take a dip in the stream-fed pool beneath the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, at Robert H. Treman State Park in the Finger Lakes. 960 1280

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Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin

Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin

Families visiting Noah's Ark, America's largest water park, have over 51 exhilirating slides and 2 giant wave pools to choose from. 960 1280

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Blue Hole Regional Park, Texas

Blue Hole Regional Park, Texas

Picture yourself plunging into Blue Hole from a rope swing -- this good ol' fashioned Texas swimmin' hole became a 126-acre regional park in 2005. 960 1280

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Delaware River, New Jersey

Delaware River, New Jersey

Flowing for 330 miles from New York through Pensylvannia, families typically float down the Delaware River from Frenchtown, NJ, where they rent tubes, canoes, kayaks or rafts. 960 1280

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Schlitterbahn Water Park, Texas

Schlitterbahn Water Park, Texas

Opened in the heart of Texas Hill Country in 1966, Schlitterbahn may now have bragging rights to the world's tallest water slide, Verrückt, but it hasn’t sacrificed its family-first atmosphere such as allowing visitors to bring in their own picnics into the park. 960 1280

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Lareau Swimming Hole, Vermont

Lareau Swimming Hole, Vermont

Cool, green water from the Mad River flows into deep ponds and gentle rapids at Lareau Swim Hole. These multiple depths make it a popular spot for all ages, easily accessible from Waitsfield, VT. 960 1280

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Wet 'n Wild Water Park, Orlando

Wet 'n Wild Water Park, Orlando

Minutes from Universal Orlando, Wet 'n Wild has the requisite lazy river and wave pool expected of any water park worth its salt as well as new thrill rides like the Aqua Drag Racer where visitors can go head-to-head in 4 lanes of high-speed slides. 960 1280

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Waterfalls, Hawaii

Waterfalls, Hawaii

Maui, Kauai, Oahu ... if you're willing to hike during your stay in Hawaii you could be treated to your own private swimming hole.  960 1280

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Brownstone Park, Connecticut

Brownstone Park, Connecticut

This adventure center in Portland, CT, provides an adrenaline-pumping plunge into the water from a zip line. Spend the rest of the day rock climbing, cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking and more. 960 1280

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