Top 10 Cities for Recreation And other interesting tips for the urbanite in summer (cheapest bowling anyone?)

WalletHub’s analysts recently compared a sample of the 100 most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Recreational Facilities 2) Costs 3) Quality of Parks and 4) Weather. They then evaluated the four dimensions using 44 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of recreation-friendliness. They also took into account the size of the area and the number of people living in that area. Finally, they determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score, which they then used to rank-order their sample.

Orlando took top honors for decent weather, low costs and loads of quality theme parks.

The 10 best cities in the United States for recreation were interesting, but some of the facts that came along with WalletHub's research were equally intriguing. For instance...

...did you know that the cheapest bowling in the country can be found in...Milwaukee?

San Francisco has the most bike rental facilities per capita, or 72 times more than in Fresno, Calif., the city with the fewest.

New York has the most park playgrounds per capita, or 17.4 times more than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the fewest.

If you want to play tennis, your best bet is in Chicago, the city with the most tennis courts per capita in the United States.

St. Louis has the highest spending on parks per capita, $479.30, which is 25.1 times higher than in Jersey City, N.J., the city with the lowest at $19.06.

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