Urban water playgrounds
While many city dwellers have to travel to spend time near a lake, river or sea, some places boast water-based recreation within city limits — even though they're far from the ocean. These freshwater metropolises have made enjoying reasonably clean and low-traffic rivers or lakes easy. Many are attractive enough to draw water-loving transplants from other parts of the world.
In some cases, natural geography makes freshwater cities a playground for swimmers, paddlers and sailors. In other instances, whitewater parks, canals and other unique features such as surf-able river waves came about as a result of human intervention.
Here's our list of American cities where rivers and lakes play an important role in the urban outdoor recreation scene.