Best Beaches for families? TripAdvisor’s family travel site has released its annual list of the Best Beaches for Families — naming the best beaches in the nation, specifically for families traveling with kids of all ages.
“Choosing an ideal beach for families can be quite difficult,” explained Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. The report notes that families are looking for beaches that are not only safe and clean, but also locations that offer a level of convenience that meet the needs of those traveling with various age groups.
That means an ideal beach areas should be near accommodations, restaurants and attractions – and the cost of those conveniences, as well – figure in to a beach’s appeal for families. This list of top picks this year highlights not only large, well-known beaches, but also some of the smaller hidden gems worth a visit.
Insider Tip: The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open all summer for both daytime and a few nighttime climbs to the public – in the evening, families can climb with flashlights to get a prime view of the Milky Way.
Insider Tip: Pick up a free Junior Ranger Book, including fun activities for children to complete – once finished, kids will receive a Junior Ranger badge and certificate.
Insider Tip: Families can work with local sea turtle rescue, Sea Turtle, Inc., on dozens of scheduled releases during the summer months, to watch as tiny sea turtles enter the ocean for the first time.
Insider Tip: Access to the beaches in The Wildwoods is completely free – no beach tags are required – and there is a special Wildwoods Dog Beach, for any families planning to bring Fido along on vacation.
Insider Tip: The Captiva Kayak Company offers boat rentals and kayak expeditions into local waterways to explore Captiva’s beaches and bayous.
Insider Tip: La Jolla Concerts by the Sea are offered every Sunday afternoon during the summer, and provide fun for all ages with a wide range of music to enjoy.
Insider Tip: Water Wiz of Westerly is a water park with three slides, located right on the beach – get there early for discounts.
Insider Tip: Nearby Lake George Village offers fireworks over the lake every Thursday from July 4 through August.
Insider Tip: Nearby Clinch Park Marina offers kayak, paddleboard and bicycle rentals to ride on the paved TART Trail, which runs above the beach.
Insider Tip: The nearby – and free – Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks), offer views of boats and kayaks crossing the channel, as well as a botanical garden and fish ladder.