What's not to love about a town with a choice of three beaches, a lighthouse and an authentic fishing village? Thanks to these features (and so much more), Narragansett ranks high on our list of the best family beach vacations. Narragansett Town Beach's North Atlantic waves are perfect for surfing and boogie boarding. However, families with younger kids might prefer Roger W. Wheeler State Beach for its invitingly calm waters, playground and bathhouse. Don’t miss a visit to Galilee; the small fishing village has an active marina, fish markets and tons of seaside charm. Take a short excursion to Westerly for another historic landmark, the Flying Horse Carousel—a guaranteed hit with the kids. When you get hungry, hit up Galilee’s Buster Krab’s Beach Bar and Grill for burgers and fresh seafood. After a long day, call it quits at a room in the family-run Anchor Motel across from Scarborough Beach. The Anchor Motel, 825 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI (401-792-8550, theanchormotel.com).
Sand castles, sun glasses and boogie boards, oh my! When summer vacation strikes, kids (and parents) are ready to take full advantage of warm-weather adventures.
Fortunately, we've rounded up the best family beach vacations to help ensure your getaway is nothing short of spectacular. These locations are filled to the brim with seaside fun, delicious eats and family-friendly activities. Even better? They're within striking distance of NYC, so you won't have to worry about the stress of the airport. (Phew!)
Don't wait: Summer's right around the corner, and if you want to enjoy the sand between your toes, you'll need to book one of the best family beach vacations ASAP!
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