10 Best beaches for families

by SheKnows
Nov 17, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. ET
Jones Beach State Park features 6.5 miles of ocean beach, one-half mile of bay beach, and two swimming pools. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, an outdoor arena in the park, is a popular musical concert venue.

1 /9: Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island

1/9 :Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island

Misquamicut Beach features an array of activities for the entire family, including amusement parks with a carousel, mini-golf, go-carts, batting cages, kiddy rides, water slides, paddle boats and more.

2 /9: The Wildwoods, New Jersey

2/9 :The Wildwoods, New Jersey

The Wildwoods feature five miles of powdery-white sand as well as a two mile long boardwalk filled with rides and attractions.

3 /9: Virginia Beach, Virginia

3/9 :Virginia Beach, Virginia

The perfect destination for the classic family beach vacation, Virginia Beach features a recently-widened 300-foot beach, a three-mile long oceanfront Boardwalk, historic landmarks, exciting attractions, manicured golf courses, and parks and wildlife habitats.

4 /9: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

4/9 :Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach features sixty miles of soft sandy beach, entertainment and attractions.

5 /9: Rockaway Beach, Oregon

5/9 :Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Rockaway Beach is located along the northern Oregon Coast in Tillamook County. With more than 7 miles of clean, golden sand, the picturesque Twin Rocks just off shore and a wide array of sea birds and shells, Rockaway Beach is unsurpassed for its beauty and serenity.

6 /9: Clearwater Beach, Florida

6/9 :Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach is home of pristine white sand beaches, clear gulf waters, warm sunshine, and plenty of hospitality.

7 /9: Huntington Beach, California

7/9 :Huntington Beach, California

Huntington Beach dominates the California beach scene with 8.5 miles of uninterrupted beaches. The city features the most consistent waves on the West Coast, an attribute that helped the city receive the nickname, Surf City USA.

8 /9: Poipu Beach Park, Hawaii

8/9 :Poipu Beach Park, Hawaii

Poipu Beach is a series of golden sand crescents, strung together where beach-goers will find snorkeling, swimming, a natural ocean wading pool, boogie-boarding and surfing.

9 /9: Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

9/9 :Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island is a great place swimming and sunbathing, wind and watersports like kiteboarding and windsurfing, hiking and birdwatching, kayaking, world class fishing, shipwreck diving, and amazing surf.