From San Diego's La Jolla Cove to the beaches of Washington's Golden Gardens Park, here are 10 US destinations where you can enjoy the waterfront with the kids.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS: As Texas' only island, South Padre Island has 34 miles of pristine white sands and clear waters. For a unique experience, families can work with a local sea turtle rescue to assist tiny sea turtles as they enter the ocean for the first time.
CAPTIVA BEACH, FLORIDA: Captiva Beach is home to a variety of seashells and dunes. Family Vacation Critic recommends taking a boat ride or kayak expedition through The Captiva Kayak Company to explore the area's bayous.
LA JOLLA COVE, CALIFORNIA: This is a favorite spot for kayaking, snorkeling, and diving, and it's often cited as the most photographed beach in San Diego. Family Vacation Critic recommends checking out the La Jolla Concerts By the Sea for a variety of music.
CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE, NORTH CAROLINA: Here you can enjoy kayaking or climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Since the lighthouse is also open at night, you can also catch incredible views of starry skies.
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, MICHIGAN: The shore is home to miles of beach terrain, crystal-clear lakes, and dunes that offer incredible views. Plus, you can grab a free Junior Ranger Book, which gives children a list of activities to complete in the area.
MILLION DOLLAR BEACH, NEW YORK: As the largest beach on Lake George, Million Dollar Beach has clear waters for swimming, volleyball courts, and picnic areas. The nearby Lake George Village also offers firework displays over the lake in July and August.
MISQUAMICUT STATE BEACH, RHODE ISLAND: With over a half-mile of beach front, Misquamicut is one of Rhode Island's most popular beaches. It has a concession building with shops, shade gazebos, and the nearby Water Wizz of Westerly, which is a water park with various slides to enjoy.
GOLDEN GARDENS PARK, WASHINGTON: At Golden Gardens Park, you can sunbathe on sandy beaches, fish on its pier, or go for a stroll along its rugged coastline. Family Vacation Critic also recommends checking out the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to indulge in lovely views and explore a botanical garden.
CLINCH PARK, MICHIGAN: Clinch Park's popular beach features over 1,500 feet of sand along the West Grand Traverse Bay. Plus, the nearby marina offers kayaks, paddleboards, and bicycle rentals for those looking to stay active.
THE WILDWOODS, NEW JERSEY: With free access to its beaches, the Wildwoods offers five miles of white sands, a variety of events like soccer and lacrosse tournaments, and a dog beach for those traveling with their pup.