Coastal and Lake Vacations

Plan a trip that your kids will remember for a lifetime. Learn more about coastal and lake vacations like Myrtle Beach and Lake Placid.


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Family Vacations: Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras is a largely untamed string of barrier islands about 70 miles long. This natural wonder has a distinct culture and fascinating history. Read about family vacations to Cape Hatteras, home to beaches, dunes, woodlands, and marshes.

Family Vacations: Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is one of Georgia's Golden Isles. It is Georgia's smallest barrier island and lies midway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. Learn about the fascinating history and variety of relaxing activities on this small island.

Family Vacations: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore spans 42 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, covering more than 73,000 acres of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is a preserve of cascading sand dunes. Learn about family vacations to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Family Vacations: Miamis South Beach

Miami's South Beach, the southernmost section of Miami Beach, is an arts, entertainment, and recreation center of global scope. South Beach features luxurious hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. Learn about family vacations to Miami's South Beach.

Family Vacations: Key West

Located at the tip of the Florida Keys, Key West's average temperature is a mild 77.8 degrees. Storms aside, Key West has few highs or lows -- just steady sunshine, perfect for relaxing on the beach to soak up some sun. Read about Key West vacations.

Family Vacations: Chesapeake Bay

With art exhibitions waterfront festivals regattas and races sportfishing contests and boat shows Chesapeake Bay is the perfect summer vacation spot. Learn more about the Bay and other family vacations in Maryland.

Family Vacations: Lewes

Historic Lewes Delaware features pristine beaches parks and historic sites perfect for peaking kids' interest. Swimming surfing and shopping for sweets are also popular activities for kids. Find out more about family vacations in Lewes.

Family Vacations: Mackinac Island

No cars are allowed on Michigan's Mackinac Island. This Victorian-era town is known for homemade fudge leisurely bike rides and hikes through its state park. The best times to visit are from May to October.

Family Vacations: Lake Placid

At Lake Placid, kids can experience the thrill of a luge or bobsled ride, and they can watch ski jumpers practice. Intermediate skiers can also learn to ski jump. Find out more about Lake Placid.

Family Vacations: Assateague Island National Seashore

Famous for its wild ponies and other wildlife Assateague Island National Seashore straddles the coast of Maryland and Virginia. It features beautiful beaches and hiking trails. Learn more about Assateague Island National Seashore.

Family Vacations: Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a classic summer town with a 2.5-mile boardwalk featuring many shops and restaurants right on the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about Virginia Beach.

Family Vacations: Destin

Destin, Florida, is renowned for its deep-sea fishing, but kids also love its white sandy beaches that are a shell-collector's paradise. Learn more about this great vacation spot at HowStuffWorks.

Family Vacations: Venetian Pool

Florida's Venetian Pool will make you feel like you're stepping into a Venetian grotto or onto a Hollywood movie set. What's more the kids will love the waterfalls and enormous space to romp. Learn more.

Family Vacations: Gulf Islands National Seashore

The 160-mile stretch of barrier islands and coastal shores that make up Gulf Islands National Seashore has been described as the Crown Jewel of Mississippi, and it's easy to see why. Learn about family vacations to Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Family Vacations: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

These sandy dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan. The climb may be long, but it's worth it to run or tumble down the slope. Learn about this family vacation on Michigan's lower peninsula.

Family Vacations: Outer Banks

With seemingly endless stretches of ocean and soft sand as well as a history filled with mystery North Carolina's Outer Banks is a great destination for the whole family. Learn more about this coastline destination.

Family Vacations: Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is known as the premier family beach town on the popular Cape Fear coastline of North Carolina. Learn more about vacationing in this peaceful seaside community.

Family Vacations: Edisto Island

Attention all nature lovers and beachcombers! South Carolina's Edisto has long stretches of peaceful sandy beach. Learn more about this quiet seaside retreat.

Family Vacations: Mystic Seaport

As a family vacation destination, Mystic Seaport recreates the excitement of a 19th-century seafaring village. Learn more about this 19-acre "living museum."