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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Tybee Island Lighthouse

Georgia's Tybee Island Lighthouse has guarded the coast since Colonial days. The purpose of the lighthouse was to help guide ships into the port town of Savannah Georgia. See lighthouse photos and learn about the Tybee Island Lighthouse.

Brant Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Lighthouse is built at the entrance of Nantucket harbor and is a popular vacation destination. Established in 1746 this lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouse sites in the United States. Learn about the Brant Point Lighthouse.

Family Vacations: Myrtle Beach

South Carolina's Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, has been a favorite sun-and-sand destination for more than a century. The beach is named for the numerous wax myrtle trees growing along the shore. Learn more about family vacations to Myrtle Beach.

Family Vacations: Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is one of the premier beach getaway destinations in the Southeast. It was named for William Hilton, an English sea captain who explored the island in the 17th century. Learn about family vacations to Hilton Head barrier island.

Family Vacations: Tybee Island

Eighteen miles east of Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island is a beach getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax and sight-see. This barrier island's three-mile beach is backed by mesmerizing sand dunes. Learn about family vacations to Tybee island.

Family Vacations: Ringling Estate Sarasota Bay

In its time, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was the greatest show on earth. It became the world's most successful and enduring circus when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses merged. Read about vacations to Ringling Estate.

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: Roanoke Island

In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh of England sent an expedition to Roanoke Island, a 27-acre isle in Croatan Sound off the North Carolina coast. Over 100 settlers sailed the Atlantic and established a village there. Read about Roanoke Island vacations.

Family Vacations: Penobscot Bay

Penobscot Bay is Maine's real Down East. While Down East refers to the Maine coast and its culture, the term came from ships sailing downwind from Boston to Maine. If you're looking to vacation and explore the real outdoors, check out Penobscot Bay.

Family Vacations: Cape May

Cape May is a peninsula at the southern tip of New Jersey, and the nation's oldest seaside resort. It was settled by 17th-century whalers and is now a magnet for visitors from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Read about Cape May vacations.

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: Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor lies along the coast of Maine. It's often called the Boating Capital of New England, and runs a popular summer festival. Learn how Boothbay Harbor is great for whale-watching, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing, and camping.

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: Baltimore's Inner Harbor

At Baltimore's Inner Harbor the city's top tourist attraction water taxis shuttle visitors between the aquarium museums the IMAX theater the USS Constellation and many other attractions. Learn more about this family vacation destination.

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: Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor the gateway to Maine's Acadia National Park has long been a popular tourist spot featuring activities such as kayaking and canoeing boat tours and nature programs. Find out more about Bar Harbor.

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.