Here Are The 10 Best And Worst Cities For Recreational Activities

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Did you ever find yourself desperate for places to go and things to do in your city?

If you feel like your city is severely lacking in terms of parks, outdoor venues, movie theaters, recreational features and things to do in the great outdoors, it’s probably high on this list.

With July being National Parks and Recreation Month and America’s largest cities investing over $8 billion on parks this past year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation.

Here’s how WalletHub compiled the list.

To highlight the benefits of recreational activities for consumers and economies across the country, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 48 key indicators of recreation-friendliness.

For each city, we examined the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities, the quality of parks and the weather.

Let’s start with the ten best cities and getting the bragging out of the way.

10. Los Angeles, CA

9. Portland, OR

8. Scottsdale, AZ

7. Cincinnati, OH

6. Atlanta, GA

5. Tampa, FL

4. Honolulu, HI

3. Orlando, FL

2. Las Vegas, NV

And the best city to hit some parks, movie theaters, coffee shops, playgrounds, do some laps or anything your little beating heart desires…

The whale’s vagina. San Diego, California.

And now, the losers.

Here’s a quick rundown of the ten worst cities for recreational activities.

  • Fremont, CA
  • Durham, NC
  • Memphis, TN
  • Hialeah, FL
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Oakland, CA
  • Irving, TX

and the WORST city in America for recreational activities…

jersey city, nj


I felt terrible for Jersey City, so I made that beautiful graphic.

The city looks awesome, right?

It’s a cool little town but New York is literally a baseball throw (or slightly more) away and why go crazy entertaining people when the city that never sleeps is your neighbor.

Check out all 100 cities on WalletHub’s list to see where your town landed.


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