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15 Best Family Beaches in Georgia (Pet-Friendly Too!)

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Town and Tourist, Updated October 17, 2022

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Georgia is a beautiful state that is home to many family-friendly beaches. Families looking to explore the coast of the Atlantic Ocean or one of many beautiful lakes will love visiting Georgia. With so many different beaches to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one for your family to visit!

Families looking for a day of thrilling adventures will love visiting Margaritaville Beach. Dog lovers can bring their pets for a fun day at Great Dunes Beach Park. Those who are seeking a more luxurious waterfront experience should visit Sea Island Beach. Parents love bringing their younger kids to Acworth Beach for a day of swimming and play.

Families traveling with children of different ages will love visiting John Tanner State Park and Beach. Lake Rabun Beach is perfect for those wanting to experience a more scenic view. Georgia has the perfect one for your family, regardless of the type of beach you’re looking for.

1. Glory Beach

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Glory Beach is located in the south part of Jekyll Island and is a favorite of many families. This beach is especially good for families with younger children thanks to its flat shoreline free of rocks and stones.

Glory Beach is famous for the 1989 movie, which featured numerous famous actors such as Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, Glory. Since then, it has become a popular tourist attraction.

During filming, a boardwalk was built specifically for the movie. Today, that boardwalk is still being used and was named the “Glory Boardwalk.” The boardwalk serves as a quick way to cross over the large sand dunes and pools of water.

Children love to build sandcastles and swim in the shallow water while parents lay out and tan or read a book. This is the perfect beach for families to play outdoor sports along the beach or enjoy a family walk.

Families who love biking can rent bikes on the beach and ride along the ocean. Glory beach is surrounded by beautiful scenery that will take your breath away. Families of all ages will adore visiting Glory Beach.

2. Margaritaville Beach

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Margaritaville beach is the place to go for a day full of fun activities and family adventures. This beach is located in Buford, Georgia, on the beautiful Lake Lanier. This 26-mile-long lake is a hot spot in the summer and is enjoyed by many from near and far.

The main attraction here is the massive water park that features various rides and water slides for families of all ages. Younger kids can have fun in the splash pads while older kids venture off and explore the rest of what the park has to offer. Visitors can swim in the clear blue lake and are often seen partaking in a variety of other water activities.

Families looking to experience a day boating on the water can rent a pontoon boat. Pack a picnic basket, bring some fishing poles, and enjoy experiencing lake life for a day. Parents love seeing their kids happy and relaxing in the sun, and children love exploring the water park and trying new activities.

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3. St. Andrews Beach Park

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St. Andrews Beach Park is another favorite family beach on Jekyll Island. Shell collectors love combing through the shore for the perfect shells while getting their feet wet in the ocean. Families come here to enjoy a nice barbeque picnic using one of the provided grills before setting out their towels for the day.

The sandy shore is perfect for children to build sandcastles on, and they love splashing around the shallow waters’ edge. Families love looking for different types of wildlife at the viewing platform and often spot dolphins in the sea.

Winding down for the day? Stop by the beach during the evening to witness the most beautiful sunset with your family. St. Andrews Beach Park is perfect for families looking for a traditional picture-perfect beach day.

4. Nanny Goat Beach

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Nanny goat beach is a smaller but highly scenic beach that can only be reached by ferry. The ferry ride alone is always an excellent experience for families. It is the perfect chance to soak in the ocean and appreciate your surroundings. Located on Sapelo Island, this is the ideal place for families looking to get away and experience life “off the grid” for a day.

Children can dig in the sand and splash around the shallow shore. With no lifeguards around, swimming far out is discouraged as it is a more remote beach location. Families can try their hand at snorkeling in the shallow waters and look for beautiful shells and wildlife.

Fishing lovers can cast out virtually wherever they like, giving them lots of opportunities to wrangle a fish or two. Sapelo Island is truly a little slice of paradise, and families all over would enjoy a day here.

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5. Sea Island Beach

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Sea Island Beach is perfect for families with older children looking for a more resort-like experience
. Younger children are still more than welcome at Sea Island Beach! With roughly 5 miles of beautiful private beachfront to enjoy, families have plenty of space to relax in the sand and go for a swim.

The sparkling blue water makes for a fantastic view. Get the tan of your life while sipping a delicious drink in the sparkling sand. Younger kids love to run along the spacious shore and dig around the sand.

The Sea Island Resort also has several pools available for those looking for a break from the salt water. There are also numerous dining options, a full spa, and even a golf course to practice your swing. Enjoy a relaxing seaside vacation with everything you can imagine at Sea Island Beach!

6. Acworth Beach

Acworth Beach is located in Acworth, Georgia. This family-favorite beach is perfect for those with younger children. There are two playgrounds available for kids to climb on and an excellent sectioned-off section for them to swim in. This eases parents’ minds as it is much easier to keep an eye on their children.

Families with younger children will have no problems keeping their kids occupied at Acworth Beach. With so much to do and explore, they will never get bored. They will sleep well at night, though.

Other amenities available include bathrooms, showers, and grills for a family barbeque. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy casting off the dock for largemouth bass, bluegill, carp, and other fish species. Come relax on the sandy beach and swim in the clear blue water!

7. Black River Beach

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Black River Beach is located on Tybee Island. This beach is best known for its relaxing waters, perfect for little ones to splash around in and cool off. Many things keep you busy during your visit, including comfortable boat tours, dolphin spotting, and even paddle boarding.

Black River Beach is excellent for larger families with various personality types. Whether you are a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie or more laid back and carefree, there is something that everyone will like.

Enjoy strolling the shore at sunset while collecting shells as the day goes on. Afterward, visit one of the many local restaurants for a delicious family dinner. Visiting Black River Beach is a great way to spend a day soaking in the sun and making memories with your family.

8. Robin Lake Beach

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Families looking for a fun day in the sun will love Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach, located in Pine Mountain, Georgia. This beach is famous for being the world’s largest man-made beach with white sand.

There is no end to the activities available to families to enjoy. Visitors can rent kayaks and paddleboards on the beach. Families looking for an even more relaxing experience can rent beach chairs and umbrellas. Those looking for a more luxury experience can rent their own private cabana featuring a sofa and ceiling fans.

Enjoy an ice cream from the ice cream truck on hot summer days or an ice-cold beverage from the beach bar. If you get hungry, grab a snack from the beachside grill snack bar and relax on the sand. If you plan on spending the whole day, pack some sandwiches and have a nice beach picnic.

The fun does not stop at the water. Adventure seekers can rent a beach bike while visiting and exploring the trails or riding along the shore. Robin Lake Beach is the perfect place for families to work off some energy and soak in the sun!

9. East Beach, St. Simons Island

East Beach on St. Simons Island is truly a breathtaking experience. With such a long and spacious shoreline, families can easily find an area to relax far enough away from other beachgoers. Wake up early and run on a morning while watching the beautiful sunrise.

Stay late in the day to witness the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen and walk the sandy shore. During the day, you can swim in the sea, enjoy bike rides, and take a relaxing stroll on the packed sand. You might even get lucky and spot some dolphins in the distance.

East Beach is known for its fantastic shell finds, attracting collectors and shell lovers from all over. Gain a new appreciation for mother nature at East Beach

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10. John Tanner State Park and Beach

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John Tanner State Park and Beach is an amazing place for families to go to experience the great outdoors. With so many activities available and 138 acres to explore, there is something for everyone!

Children can have fun climbing on the playground, playing minigolf, or going for a swim on the beach. Older kids will love playing volleyball, horseshoes, kayaking or boating, and relaxing on the shore.

Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a family lunch at one of the many picnic tables available. Families looking to camp here can choose from eight campsites and have access to water, Cable TV, and electricity. Enjoy a night laying under the stars and listening to the sounds of the water.

Take a family hike and see what types of wildlife or unique plants you stumble across. This is the perfect place to go for an endless day of activities or a weekend full of exploring. Check out John Tanner State Park and Beach the next time you are in Georgia!

11. Cumberland Island National Seashore Beach

Families who seek a more scenic and serene beach experience love this St. Mary’s beach. The only way to reach this beach is by ferry, a great family experience in itself.

Known for its bright white sand, this beach is smooth along the coast, making it the perfect place for families to run and for children to play in the sand. Families love to take long walks along the 17 stunning miles of open shoreline or just lay out and get a nice tan.

Animal lovers may get lucky and spot some wild horses roaming the beach and other various wildlife. Just remember always to give the wildlife their space and observe from a safe distance.

The bright blue water is perfect for splashing around in and cooling off after being in the hot sun. Enjoy a pre-packed family meal on the shore and ferry back to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

12. Lake Rabun Beach

Lake Rabun Beach is located in Lakemont, Georgia, and offers the perfect mountain view. Families come from all over to enjoy a peaceful day in the mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beautiful sand-filled beach is perfect for digging around in or laying out a towel and tan on.

After a hot day in the sun, enjoy cooling off in the fresh lake water while admiring the beautiful view surrounding the lake. Families love to picnic on the sand or stay for a few days at the campground close to the lake for even more fun. Younger kids can swim in the shallow areas of the lake, and parents do not have to stress about tall ocean waves.

A boat launch on the lake is perfect for those who enjoy boating, kayaking, or even water skiing and tubing. Lake Rabun is great to fish at! There are plenty of different areas to cast out and experiment with different lures. Have the ultimate family lake day at Lake Rabun Beach!

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13. Great Dunes Beach Park

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Great Dunes Beach Park, located on Jekyll Island, is a gorgeous beach that everyone should visit. Families love this beach due to its easy access to the water and smooth sand, free of harsh rocks. This beach is especially good for younger children thanks to its calm waters and shallow shoreline.

Families can enjoy a variety of amenities here, including bocce ball courts, volleyball courts, and even a mini-golf course which is perfect for families with little ones.

Families with older kids can rent segways and ride around the beach and along the trails for an even better nature experience. Bring your go-pros and cameras to capture the memories you will make on the trail.

Dog owners can bring their furry friends with them! Dogs are allowed on the beach as long as they are leashed the entire time. At Great Dunes Beach Park, the whole family can experience the fun!

14. Gould’s Inlet

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Gould’s Inlet is located on St. Simons Island and is a favorite of animal-loving families.
Enjoy laying on the sand and bird watching while getting a tan. Gould’s Inlet is home to many unique and beautiful bird species. You will be amazed at what you see.

Visitors love fishing here and have caught a variety of different species over the years. Want to partake in some fun water activities? Kayaks and paddle boards are available for daily rentals and can be used by the whole family.

Dog lovers can bring their pets with them to join in on the fun. Pack a lunch, bring some buckets and shovels, and enjoy a lovely day in the sand with your loved ones.

15. Fort Yargo Beach

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Fort Yargo State Park is home to a beautiful beach that is great for family outings in the summer. The 260-acre lake is perfect for a relaxing day of swimming and playing in the sand. Soak up the sun and work on your tan while relaxing with your family along the beautiful shore.

There are boat ramps available for those looking to launch their own boats or kayaks and numerous fishing spots around the lake. Need a break from the water? Enjoy a scenic bike ride or nature hike on one of the 20.5 miles worth of trails!

Families love to have picnics under one of the 5 available picnic shelters and watch their kids play on the playgrounds nearby. There is also a miniature golf course and disc golf available to play for a small fee. There is always something fun to do at Fort Yargo Beach.

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