Family Time Calendar: Get Out - iVillage


Although we like to think of a beach vacation as one long, relaxing day at the beach, you and your kids will probably tire of going to the beach every single day of your vacation. With that in mind, consider other entertainment options in the area.

Beach regions often offer a great range of activities, including water sports such as sea kayaking and canoeing, sailing, Jet Skiing, tennis and golf, horseback riding and, of course, shopping -- every mother's favorite sport. Some beach areas also offer great fishing, marine life experiences and festivals, especially during the summer months.

Make sure there is enough to do on a rainy day -- for your kids and yourself! Is there shopping nearby? Children's museums or indoor aquariums? Movie theaters? A bowling alley? Again, if you are planning your beach vacation in advance, you can access a lot of information about what's going on in the area beforehand, and plan, plan, plan!

Checklist for beach vacations


  • Decide if you are willing to travel off-season or high season.

  • Pack for both good and inclement weather.

  • Research your accommodations options and decide on a hotel, motel, B&B, rental condo or house.

  • Bring any supplies that a rental house may not provide, including food, towels, linens and beach towels.

  • Make sure you know your accommodations. If they advertise "beachfront," make sure you know exactly what that means. Do you get a glimpse of the ocean or beach, or can you walk to the beach from the property?


Excerpted from

The Travel Mom's Ultimate Book of Family Travel by Emily Kaufman (Broadway Books, 2006).
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Cover design by Michael J. Windsor

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