Enjoy a wonderful family vacation any time of year at one of the best beaches near East Tennessee. Whether you are coming from Knoxville or Gatlinburg, these fabulous paradises are only a short drive away and provide a wealth of fun and relaxation for the whole family.
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The beaches along the southern Atlantic coast provide warm waters and plenty of sunshine. Known for both family friendliness and southern charm, anyone of these stunning coastal locations is sure to delight! The distances listed below are with a starting point in Knoxville.
Enjoy Charleston’s world famous historic architecture as you stroll through the many quaint shops and restaurants along the downtown peninsula. There are also several attractions for kids including an aquarium and children’s museum. Although Charleston is located on the Charleston harbor, there are many nearby islands located along the Atlantic coast. The most popular beaches, folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Kiawash Island, are all within a 15 minutes drive and offer there own family-friendly restaurants and amenities.
This coastal paradise offers more than just golf. With a variety of recreation and water sports, miles of bike trails, and renown shopping and dining options, there is really something for everyone!
This beach needs almost no introduction. Essentially the Pigeon Forge of the east coast, this one stop family destination has something for everyone. With over 60 miles of expansive beaches, Myrtle Beach offers a huge variety of shopping, dinning, and entertainment options for all ages. Entertainment includes shows, museums, an aquarium, mini-golf, go-karts, and much more! The amazing amenities offered make this a vacation hot spot, which unfortunately means that it can be quite crowded at times. If your family loves to keep busy, this is the vacation spot for you.
About 1/2 hour outside of Savannah, this low-key island is perfect for a relaxing vacation. If your family thrives on peace and quite, Tybee is your ticket. Of course there will be a time or two when you just need to get out on the town. Thankfully, there are several quaint shops and restaurants to enjoy on the island. You can also head into Savannah to enjoy a wider variety of amenities including upscale shops and restaurants, historic architecture, museums, ghost tours, and a variety of family friendly attractions. The proximity to Savannah allows you to have the best of both worlds.
Wilmington offers city amenities with historic charm. Its famed River walk boasts a variety of water front shops and restaurants. With 3 nearby beaches, Wrightsville, Carolina, and Kure, you can stay beachfront and ride into town when you are looking for a little extra fun! Each beach area also offers its own unique brand of fun including an aquarium, a water park, a boardwalk, museums and more!
This low-key gem primarily offers rest and relaxation. In addition to the scenic shoreline, there are also several restaurants and shops on the island.
Although not incredibly close to any larger city amenities, this relaxing beach oasis boasts several shops and restaurants, water sports, and a few family attractions like the Neptune Park Fun Zone.
Neighboring St. Simon’s Island, Jekyll Island’s claim to fame is its un-commercialized scenic beauty and gorgeous driftwood beach. There are also several shops and restaurants, as well as a water park and a sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility located on the island.
With an average water temperature of 72 degrees, these gulf beaches provide a tropical getaway within a half-day’s drive! The distance listed below is with a starting point in Knoxville.
In 2016 this stunning beach was ranked one of the top 10 in the US. With over 18 miles of white sandy beaches and clear waters, the ranking is no surprise. Visitors will find a wide variety of shopping and dining options, water sports, and even a fabulous dog beach for Fido!
In addition to gorgeous sand and emerald-hued surf, this this Emerald Coast beach is known for its world class fishing, wonderful golf offerings, and Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Plenty of shopping, dinning and family fun options, like go-karts, are also available.
This location packs a mean punch for families looking for adventure. With a wealth of kid-friendly attractions including water parks, go karts, beach-side amusement parks, and much more, there is truly something to please everyone. Of course there is also a wide variety of shopping, dining, and night life options.
After soaking up the sun on these gorgeous beaches, you can enjoy a variety of family fun including museums, a historic fort, an awesome zoo and much more! The shopping and dining options are also amazing.