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North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., has been named to Family Vacation Critic’s 2017 list of the “Best Beaches for Families.” The annual list identifies the best beaches in the United States for families traveling with children of all ages. “Beach vacations are at the top of so many families’ must-do list throughout the year,” Lissa Poirot, Family Vacation Critic editor-in-chief, said in a news release. “These beaches go beyond just a day on the sand, but offer some really fun features for families to enjoy together.” North Beach was the only Great Lakes beach to make the 2017 list. “Lifeguards in the summer months, a great playground, volleyball court, walking/biking paths, and a relaxing and clean atmosphere make this one of the best beaches for kids,” the review stated. “And it never feels crowded, especially during the week. When it’s time for a break, check out the Wind Point Lighthouse and the Racine Zoo.” Joining North Beach on the “Best Beaches for Families” list were nine other beaches in Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Oregon. For the full list, click HERE North Beach has annually received the Blue Wave Beach designation from the National Clean Beaches Council since 2004. Owned and operated by the City of Racine, the 50-acre beach attracts an estimated 200,000 people each year. It’s the site of several high-profile events, including the EVP Beach Sports Festival in June and the Ironman 70.3 Racine triathlon in July. Previous honors for North Beach have included “Top 5 Freshwater Beach” in the USA Today Reader’s Choice program (2016), “51 Great American Beaches” from USA Today (2012), “Top 10 Family Friendly Beach” from Parents magazine (2011) and “Top City Beach” from Midwest Living magazine (2010). Family Vacation Critic is a comprehensive online travel resource for families that offers reviews of family hotels, resorts and destinations. It is published by The Independent Traveler Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor.

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