5 Best U.S. Beaches for Family Vacations

Best Family Beaches in 2016

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Don’t look now, but summer break is just around the corner. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to share a list of top beaches for families in 2016, courtesy of Family Vacation Critic, a family travel site from TripAdvisor. Below is their top ten list. Here’s to summer!


Cape Hatteras National Seashore – Outer Banks, NC

The lighthouse here is open all summer long for daytime and a few nighttime climbs. In the evenings, families can climb with flashlights to get a prime view of the Milky Way.


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore – Empire, MI

You can pick up a free Junior Ranger Book at this beach, which includes fun activities for kids to complete. Once they do, the kids will receive a Junior Ranger badge and certificate.

People on breakwater at Isla Blanca Park, South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island – South Padre, TX

Families visiting this beach can work with a local sea turtle rescue on dozens of scheduled releases during the summer and watch as tiny sea turtles enter the ocean for the first time.


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The Wildwoods – Wildwood, NJ

Access to these beaches is free and there is a special dog beach here for families who want to bring their dog along.


Captiva Beach – Captiva Island, FL

Here, the Captiva Kayak Company offers boat rentals and kayak adventures into local waterways to explore Captiva’s beaches and bayous.


La Jolla Cove: San Diego, CA

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea are offered every Sunday afternoon during the summer and provide fun for all ages.

For the rest of the top 10, click here!

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