Urban Playground, Cincinnati
Set against the spectacular Roebling bridge, 45-acre Smale Riverfront Park is packed with ingenious features like mod porch swings with views of the Ohio River, boulders as steps for playground slides and a fountain that teaches physics. Hint: Google “Archimedes screw” before you go (mysmaleriverfrontpark.org).
Smale Riverfront Park. Photo courtesy of Cincinnati USA.
Two-Wheeled Tours, Duluth, Minnesota
Learn about Lake Superior lore on a fat bike or in a kayak on Duluth Experience Tours. New this summer: multiday bike trips with stops at craft breweries (theduluthexperience.com).
Cultured Mini Golf, Indianapolis
Artists design an imaginative new 18-hole course at the Indianapolis Museum of Art each summer. A green last year required putting around a Civil War colonel’s sideburns (imamuseum.org).
Secret Whitewater, Charles City, Iowa
With stretches built for both newbies and competitors, WhiteWater at Riverfront Park cuts through a tiny Iowa town for 3⁄4 mile …and it’s the envy of major metros (ccwhitewater.com).
Not only do Cincinnati Cruiser’s longboards look sleek, they’re made with sustainable wood. Jeff Risinger launched the brand with his wife, Val, in 2015, drawing on 40 years of experience. And nothing goes to waste: Jeff turns scraps into wooden toys (cincinnaticruiser.com).
Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Cruiser.
No Joke, Gurnee, Illinois
Dare to ride The Joker, a hair-raising new looping coaster at Six Flags Great America (sixflags.com/greatamerica).