- Beach Style: Action-packed and fun-filled
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Amusement park rides on the boardwalk
Ocean City, Maryland, prides itself on being a family-friendly destination. The beach provides a variety of free events that cater to a range of ages, so everyone at the family reunion will find something to like. Every Monday and Friday night throughout the summer there are free family movies on the beach, and there are several free concerts on Wednesdays and Sundays – with free sundaes for the kids at the Sunday performances. On Tuesday evenings every family member can join in the Family Beach Olympics, competing in events like relay races, tug-of-war games and sand castle contests, just for starters.
Ocean City’s famed boardwalk includes two amusement parks, Trimper's Rides and Jolly Roger. Jolly Roger has the tallest Ferris wheel in Ocean City, Trimper's 1912 menagerie carousel is a piece of American history, and both have rides for all ages.
- Beach Style: Relaxing and sunbather-friendly
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Boating on Sarasota Bay and getting close to lions and tigers and...
Siesta Key beach vacation rentals for family reunions that are big enough to house everyone, and they are close enough to the beach to make long, relaxing, sunny days in the sand the number one activity.
For more action, C.B’s Saltwater Outfitters will rent a pontoon boat large enough for ten people, so you can spend the day cruising the bay with some or all of the family. Off the water, the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary lets everyone get close (enough!) to rescued tigers, lions, and more.
- Beach Style: Busy and surfer friendly
- Kid-Friendly Fun: A short drive to Disneyland
family reunion at Huntington Beach has a lot to offer. Situated in Orange County, this popular beach lies within an easy drive of Disneyland, Hollywood, Venice Beach and many other famed Southern California locations.
The beach can be busy during peak season in the summer, so consider a fall or spring reunion to avoid the crowds. Huntington Beach's long pier is perfect for beautiful sunset views, and there are enough volleyball nets on the beach for family games with any size group. This is surfing country, so pay a visit to Surfriders Academy and set up some time for lessons on riding the waves. Friendly instructors promise to have you and uncle surfing within an hour.
- Beach Style: Classic boardwalk beach with old-school entertainment
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Boardwalk amusement park fun for all ages
Rehoboth Beach will be a success for any size gathering. Older family members will love the nostalgic feel of the boardwalk and the relaxing lazy river at Jungle Jim's, while the younger ones will head straight for the Jungle Jim's waterslides or the rides at Funland Amusement Park, a boardwalk institution for fifty years. To help feed everyone, stock up at the farmers' market that's held every Tuesday. It’s located over by the lighthouse and offers a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, and local foods.
- Beach Style: Busy tropical paradise
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Snorkeling in the shallow waters
properties in the area are condos of various sizes, so everyone can have their own space while still being close by.
- Beach Style: A mixture of relaxation and high-energy fun
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Hunt for doubloons with a metal detector
ideal family reunion destination. Thirty miles of island shoreline offer all of the beach recreation you could ever want and plenty of room to find your spot in the sand. It's location on the Gulf Coast makes it a prime spot for treasure hunters young and old, as Spanish doubloons are among the buried gold here.
Don’t leave without a visit to the Sea Turtle Rescue Center to learn about sea turtles and experience them up close in the center's tanks. The center is happy to book groups if you make a reservation, so they can accommodate your family and will tailor the presentation to be age appropriate. If you’re an early riser, you can witness them being released back into the wild at dawn.
- Beach Style: Busy lake beach with coastal-quality sand
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Ride the Harbor Duck, an amphibious vessel that gives tours on land and water
Lake Michigan, Oval Beach in Saugatuck is a clean, soft expanse of sand that will rival any ocean beach.
For a group activity, take a tour on the Harbor Duck. The amphibious vehicle tours on both land and water as the driver keeps up a witty banter, offering tidbits about the area and plenty of corny jokes. Everyone will enjoy a visit to American Spoon Foods, where you can taste everything from gelato to jam.
- Beach Style: Rugged and quiet
- Kid-Friendly Fun: A visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Lincoln City offers a reunion location for families who prefer quiet expanses of sand and interaction with nature. Your family can get away from the crowded beach resorts and spend more time with each other rather than with strangers.
When you do want to venture out, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a short drive away in Newport. It has a glass tunnel that lets you walk among sharks. While you’re in Newport, tour the Rogue Brewery, one of Oregon’s most famous microbreweries. Even in the summer months, when Lincoln City gets crowded, smaller beaches just down the coast, such as Gleneden Beach, remain quiet and peaceful.
- Beach Style: Private and quieter than many area beaches
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Spot baby alligators swimming in the ponds
vacation rental can give you your own access. Because only one part of the beach is public, you can expect a quieter experience and smaller crowds, giving your family your own space.
The wildlife on Kiawah Island is carefully protected, so you will have the opportunity to experience sights you won't find anywhere else, such as hundreds of baby alligators cavorting in the local ponds. The kids can learn more at the nearby Nature Center, while older family members can take a bird-watching hike. For those that like a good round of golf, Kiawah Island Resort has five championship courses from which to choose.
- Beach Style: Relaxing Caribbean paradise
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Snorkeling Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay is world-famous for excellent snorkeling in water so calm that even young kids can try it. For more exciting water sports, head over to Cinnamon Bay, where your group can rent kayaks, sailboats, and more. Any family that loves clean beaches, plenty of sunshine, and crystal-clear waters will find St. John the perfect place for a reunion.