Today we’re getting you ready for all that summer fun by sharing the best drive-in beaches for kids. Have you ever taken the kids to the beach, only to have to park blocks away and then haul them and all your stuff just to reach the sand? By the time you do get there, you’re probably done for the day. That’s why a drive-in beach is so needed, especially when you have kids!
Drive-in beaches perfect for kids
The best thing about these drive-in beaches is that you can also camp, so if you’re into camping as a family, keep that in mind.
Bahia Honda State Park in Florida
This is a white sand beach down by Key West. It’s large, and with 80 campsites there is plenty of room for families to park and camp right on the beach. There are canoes, kayaks, and snorkeling gear for rent nearby, so there’s plenty of fun to be had!
Padre Island, Texas
Padre Island National Seashore is located just a few minutes away from Corpus Christi. There is camping available for both RVs and tents. This area is known for its amazing windsurfing.
It’s not the best hot, sunny beach, but it’s a beauty of a place! There’s a campground located high up on a bluff in Olympic National Park, so the views there are simply stunning. The whole family will thrill to watch the sea otters, dolphins and whales nearby.
Assateague Island, Maryland
When you can possibly catch a glimpse of Assateague Island’s famous wild ponies from the Maryland side of the beach, the lure of this unique drive-in beach is real. There are also plenty of restrooms, showers, and fresh water available.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Apostle Island is located in Wisconsin, and boasts 21 islands, plus 12 full miles of mainland coast to enjoy. This area of drive-in beaches offers families a great place to hike, camp, paddle and sail. Hiking is especially fun, since there are more than 50 miles of maintained trails to enjoy!
Finally, as you check out drive-in beaches for families, don’t miss Cannon Beach in Oregon. Haystack Rock is one of Oregon’s most recognizable natural features, and there are volunteers who spend all summer there. They happily share with kids and families all about the tide pools, creatures and birds that like to call Haystack Rock home. It’s fascinating!
When you go, don’t forget to pack kids’ beach outfits that are safe and comfortable!