Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly has made the top 10 list of affordable beaches for families in the United States by Family Vacation Critic.

Beaches are what family vacation dreams are made of. We save our pennies for simple days on the sand, building sandcastles, riding waves, playing volleyball, picnicking, and most importantly — spending quality time with loved ones.

The beaches were hand picked by their editors and offer opportunities to do all of the above (and more), plus all of the amenities families need at a beach — pristine, relatively calm waters, restrooms, showers, parking, and nearby accommodations, restaurants and other fun diversions, from historic sites to fireworks.

Here’s what they had to say:

Misquamicut State Beach – Westerly, Rhode Island
Popular with locals, Misquamicut State Beach is also worthy of a trip for out-of-towners, who will appreciate the beach’s amenities — showers, restrooms, a snack stand and gift shop, plus lifeguards. They’ll also appreciate the beach’s calm waters and laid-back, yet fun-filled location in Westerly, with nearby attractions including Watch Hill Lighthouse, classic amusements at Atlantic Beach Park, and a statue of Mrs. Potato Head — bring the camera!

Insider Tip: Check out Water Wiz of Westerly, a water park with three slides located right on the beach! Discounts are offered for early birds.

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