Where does your family love to get your fill of beach time? Over the coming months, we'll be highlighting dozens of our favorite kid-friendly beach destinations around the country and beyond.
We're continuing our series on the glorious Gulf Coast, known for its sugary beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. Here's a starter list of fabulously kid-friendly beach towns--with many more to come, so watch this space:
Does your family have a go-to beach or are you open to some fresh ideas? Over the coming months, we'll be highlighting dozens of our favorite family beach destinations around the country and beyond.
We're kicking off our series in the sunny Southeast, home to a dazzling array of awesome possibilities from the Carolinas to the tip of Florida and up the Gulf Coast. Here's a starter list of wonderfully kid-friendly beach towns--with many more to come, so watch this space:
Feel like taking a road trip this weekend? Death Valley is looking stunning these days, thanks to a wildflower bloom that's more vibrant than usual. The National Park Service reports that California's desert park is reminiscent of a Monet painting, with shades of gold, pink, purple, orange and white dotting the landscape. According to the NPS's Wildflower Update, the bloom is a result of rainfall in the higher elevations of the park, znd the Park Service is predicting the colorful show will continue through the summer.
Want more inspiration for where to hit the road? Check out 7 Spectacular Spring Drives with Kids.
Looking for an affordable family beach destination? I just returned from four gorgeous days in Daytona Beach, a laid-back Florida beach town that became famous as the party backdrop for "MTV Spring Break."
Twenty-five years since the series left Daytona, the college spring breakers are long gone. They've been replaced by happy families who come to enjoy an impressive number of ways to have affordable fun, from zip lining in Tuscawilla Park to stand-up paddleboarding on the Halifax River to building sandcastles on the "world's most famous beach." The perfect spot on that beach just may be Sun Splash Park, a public space with a shady playground, splashpad, interactive fountain, picnic tables and--gasp!--even free parking.
In nearby Ponce Inlet, you can climb 203 steps to the top of the historic Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and visit the seat turtle hospital at the Marine Science Center. For a family of four, admission to both attractions costs less than $30.
For more on this budget-friendly beach town, check out my Daytona Beach vacation planning guide: