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.

Balboa Beach, Ca

Balboa Beach in Newport Beach, California has the perfect mix of entertainment, including sand perfect for building sand castles and an amusement park called Balboa Fun Zone. In 2017, look out for the free weekend trolley, which will make exploring the area a lot more accessible for families on-the-go.

3 Things Your Kids Will Love:
• Balboa Village and Fun Zone
• Outdoor activities and water sports
• Year-round festivals, concerts and parades

Online: familyvacationcritic.com

Photo: Visit Newport Beach

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— Erin Lem with Family Vacation Critic