Clearwater Beach, Florida
Jon Bilous/Shutterstock The sugar-white sand beaches and calm Gulf waters make this one of the most popular family beaches in all of Florida. Leave the car parked and hop on a free trolley to find affordable eats and visit the Clearwater Aquarium, home of Winter the dolphin, the inspirational prosthetic tail-wearing star of The Dolphin’s Tale films. There’s also a fun pirate ship cruise where you and the kids can hit the seas in full pirate attire. These are the 12 best beaches in America.
Cape May, New Jersey
Racheal Grazias/Shutterstock America’s oldest seaside resort is also one of the best family beach vacations in the U.S. The Victorian architecture and welcoming main street hold sweet treats including ice cream parlors and toy shops. Trolley tours take in the sights. On the beach, kids can search for Cape May diamonds, shining quartz that make great souvenirs. Off the sand, climb the lighthouse to search for whales and ships. Then check in to Congress Hall Hotel for 100 years of charm, a pool, and beach chair service that will make you think you’re in the Caribbean instead of New Jersey.