The Lone Star State has everything -- including these spectacular family friendly beaches. Check out these two in Galveston and on South Padre Island.
Stewart Beach, Galveston, Texas
This beach park is ideal for families. It features volleyball, sandcastle competitions, concerts and other family-oriented activities throughout the summer season. It also boasts a children's playground, umbrella and chair rentals, and an outdoor pavilion with snack bar, restrooms and a bathhouse.
South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island offers Carribean-esque clear/green waves on a lush white sandscape. Just a few short miles from the Mexican border, this pristine seascape is considered the most beautiful beach in the state. Family activities abound, from windsurfing and parasailing, to dolphin watching, sandcastle building classes, and snorkeling lessons. Well worth the drive, especially considering there's no admission fee!