Your summer to-do list includes soaking up as much sun and sand as possible. Get a head start on your planning by checking out these top 10 beaches across the country that offer more than just life guards and bathrooms for families in search of a memorable vacation. Flip through the gallery to discover the top beachy destinations hand-picked by our friends at Family Vacation Critic.

Jones Beach State Park, Ny

Located on Long Island, Jones Beach State Park boasts life guard-protected waters, a boardwalk and playground. Family Vacation Critic points out that families with beginner swimmers should check out Zach’s Bay, a shallow area perfect for getting their feet wet.

3 Things Your Kids Will Love:
• Beautiful stretches of sandy Atlantic coastline
• Laid back shore towns packed with old-fashioned seaside charm
• Rolling countryside, farms, and vineyards of the North Fork

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photo: NYS Parks

Have you visited any of these beaches with your family? Tell us about your experience! What other destinations should Family Vacation Critic add to their list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

— Erin Lem with Family Vacation Critic