1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Oceanfront Fun You can't really go wrong with any of Hilton Head's 12-plus miles of white-sand beaches. Driessen Beach and Islanders Beach parks are particularly good choices for families because they also have playgrounds and picnic shelters. While you'll probably spot tiny ocean critters, sea-turtle nests, or even dolphins at any of the beaches, Driessen Beach's wooden boardwalk actually takes you over a tidal marsh and sand dunes, so it's home to the most creatures. On the other side of the island, don't miss the candy-striped lighthouse in the Harbour Town area.
6. Amelia Island, Florida
Spend a morning at the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum; kids can explore the teddy-bear hospital and lighthouse. Then check out the Wright Brothers National Memorial in nearby Kill Devil Hills. There are kite-flying demos and Junior Ranger programs.Inland Hot Spots