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Top 10 Family Beach Destinations in the USA

  1. Bike through Newport, Rhode Island
Newport

Newport is home to a rich historic past, some amazing architecture and a legendary waterfront. It is considered by many as a shining gem of America. One of the best things about Newport is that it can be explored on a scooter or a bike. You won’t see that many cars at the place. It is also ideal for having a casual stroll. Most of the hotels, shops and restaurants are located near the harbor. Other than the beaches, Fort Adams is a major attraction along with the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

  1. Become adventurous at Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head

Most people think of Hilton Head as a destination for golfers. However, it is a great destination for families too. You can visit Pirates Island with your family for taking part in amazing outdoor activities. Go zip lining, miniature golfing or even for a boat ride. Most of the clubs at Hilton Head boast of a ‘kids club’ which are very good at keeping your kids busy. Popular attractions at the island include the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, The Coastal Discovery Museum, and the Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum.

 

  1. Achieve peace at New Buffalo, Michigan
New Buffalo Lighthouse

New Buffalo is the ideal escape from a hectic city life. Although it is just 90 minutes away from Chicago, the atmosphere feels much more distant. It’s a perfect small town with a popular burger joint and an ice cream parlor. There is no dearth of accommodation as there are plenty of hotels, inns and B&Bs. Most of them are located near the beach and the harbor. If you get bored of all the quiet and the tranquility, then you can head out to the casino. Another popular activity at New Buffalo is fishing. Catch some trout with your family!

 

  1. Appreciate natural beauty at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is a collection of six sleepy small towns. Located on the east coast, it is an ideal family destination. Named after the daughter of British explorer, Bartholomew Gosnold, it is located just 45 minutes away from Cape Cod. The towns are dotted with fine dining restaurants, nightclubs and shops. Martha’s Vineyard is the place to go to if you want your kids to bond with nature.

 

  1. Visit monuments at Outer Banks, North Carolina
Outer Banks

Outer Banks was the location chosen by the Wright Brothers for testing their flight. Today it is popular because of its beaches and because of the Wright Brothers Memorial. Commonly known as OBX, the beaches of this town are famous because of the wild horses that roam on them. Popular activities in the area include bird-watching and biking. There is also the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the North Carolina Aquarium and The Elizabethan Gardens. And of course, there are the beaches.

 

  1. Go swimming at Kailua Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach has been voted as America’s best beach several times. The beach is 3 miles in length and can be completely explored by foot. Kailua Beach is covered with fine white sand and is bordered by a crescent shaped bay. Temperature around the year is quite moderate and makes it easy to explore the area. Water sports are quite popular at the beach because of the protective reef and because of the mild temperature of the water. A popular family attraction is the Flat Island, which is located half a mile away from the beach. It’s a favorite with swimmers and with water sports enthusiasts. It is also a sanctuary for birds.

 

  1. Canoe with your kids at St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach is known for its calm waters and for its sandy white beaches. Known as a family friendly destination, it is one of those beaches where you can set up camp with your family. Other popular activities include fishing and biking on a 7-mile marked trail. There is also kayaking and canoeing through the forests surrounding the beach. If you have a dog, go the dog park, Paw Playground. Other attractions include the Pier, which is a popular shopping destination. There is also the Don CeSar Resort and a few museums.

 

  1. Go paddling with your family at St. Augustine Beach, St. Augustine, Florida
Sunrise at St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach is located in a small town by the same name. The beach is spread across an area of 4 acres and is a pet-friendly area. While the adults can take a romantic walk on the beach, the kids can go play at the pier. You can also visit the Anastasia State Park for paddling through a lagoon or for biking on the beach. The park has everything a beachgoer might look for. It has options for swimming, surfing, fishing, sunbathing, sailing and paddle boarding. Nearby popular beaches include Vilano Beach and the Crescent Beach. The St John’s County Ocean Pier offers access to the main beach.

 

  1. Have fun at Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Carmel Beach

Carmel Beach is a fun filled area. It hosts events like ‘Poodle Day’, ‘Sunshine Freestyle Surfabout’ and the ‘Great Sandcastle Contest.’ The last one has been held for 55 years now. Carmel Beach is often described as a romantic destination. However, it is also a complete family destination. The scenery is practically endless with the ocean stretching across the horizon. While walking on the beach you can see dolphins frolicking on the water. It is also a pet-friendly beach like St. Pete’s and you can let your pet run free in this one. Nearby attractions include the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Little Swiss Café.

 

  1. Enjoy a family picnic at Short Sands Beach, York, Maine
Short Sands Beach

Short Sands Beach is nothing short of a natural arcade. It consists of a playground, a surfing area and an arcade. It is located near York’s Wild Kingdom which is the largest zoo in Maine. Another is Ellis Park which is a popular family picnic spot. Just like there is a Short Sands Beach, there is also a Long Sands Beach in the region. Take a trip to the beach and see the Cape Leddick Lighthouse in all its glory. The beach, just like its ‘short’ counterpart, consists of basketball courts and playgrounds for kids. Plenty of shops and restaurants are located within a walking distance.

Originally posted 2017-06-27 10:22:27.

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