Beach vacations are on the rise.
"In fact, 1 in 5 Americans say they participated in a beach or waterfront activity at least once during their last trip," says Jeffrey Eslinger, senior director of research at D.K. Shifflet, a tourism research firm.
And if you're seeking an alternative retreat that goes beyond the standard coastal getaway, these shorelines encourage families to embrace the great outdoors,reflect on their trip or relax and recharge. Plus, at these kid-friendly sands, you'll find plenty of room to stretch out.
So if you're ready to catch a salty sea breeze and stake your umbrella in the sand, head to these family-friendly beaches across the country.
Related: See more budget beach vacations: