Grab a pail and shovel and take the family to the beach! Over 80% of this year's summer vacations are to beach destinations. Kids will love to build sandcastles, surf and jump the waves in the ocean. Parents can relax on the white sand while listening to the waves lick the beach and breathing in the sea air.

We've combed the beaches and found the 20 most family-friendly locations, check out: Top Beach Escapes. Read about the accommodations and restaurants that will keep everyone smiling. Check out FTN's message boards to see where other families are going and doing. Surfrider Foundation USA provides beach and surf reports.

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful beaches! Take a walk and collect shells or enjoy the amenities of the hotels. Buy a disposable underwater camera for pictures to remember your beach getaway. Have fun in the sun and don't forget the sunscreen!

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Animal Encounters

Visit an Aquarium

Have a Backyard Campout

Go to the Beach

Take a Bike Hike

Visit a Children's Musuem

Visit a Dude Ranch

Take a Factory Tour
Visit a Family Inn

Visit a Farm

Visit a Fair

Farmers' Markets

Go Fishing

Take a Hike

Take a Home Vacation

Visit a Lake

Have a Picnic

Have a Mini-Vacation

Go River Rafting

Go Tubing

Visit a Ski Resort

Visit a Theme Park

Travel Back in Time

Visit a Water Park

Visit a Zoo