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Our top picks: best beach activities for your next seaside trip

Our top picks: best beach activities for your next seaside trip

Finally setting off on that long-awaited holiday?

There’s no doubt the beach is THE place to be to not only beat the winter blues, but also to guarantee an awesome time for each and every member of the family.

Why? Because it’s so versatile. Regardless of whether you’re seeking thrills and adventures or a more laid-back, relaxing vibe, it’s all made possible on the coast.

If you’re looking for fun activities and games to play, then keep on reading. We’re sharing our favourite beach activities, suitable for all ages.

Best beach activities for toddlers

With attention spans still being nurtured and curiosity in overdrive, rather than structured beach games for toddlers, it might be best to let creativity run free as they take the reins to make their own entertainment.

What are fun things to take to the beach?

All kids need are a couple of beach toys (including some of our favourites from the eco-friendly US brand Green toys) and their own imaginations to create magic and have fun on the sand. Some of our favourites include...

  • The Green Toys Sand Play Set is the perfect tool kit to dig in the sand and build brilliant sandcastles
  • Green Toys’ Dump Truck is all you need to cart sand across the beach
  • Get decked out in the coolest and blingiest beach goggles with Bling2o’s fabulous collection
  • Encourage outdoor play and imagination with this high-quality three-piece beach set from Belgian sustainable toy brand, Quut

Explore our awesome range of beach toys, games, and accessories from the world’s best beach brands.

“What games can we play at the beach?” Best beach activities for kids and teens

Solve kids’ whinging woes with this handy list of games and activities perfect for a day out at the beach for those who seem to have an endless supply of energy!

Wow mat

The WOW water mat certainly brings the WOW factor to the water. This awesome floating mat is brilliant for kids of all ages, whether they want to run around, host their own dancing competitions while floating on water, or simply lay around and soak up the sunshine.

Waboba Blast ball

This little ball might look like any other beach ball, but it holds a secret power - it can bounce on water! Don’t believe you can achieve needless hours of beach fun with this simple little ball? Think again: discover the magic of the Waboba Blast water ball.

Beach cricket

This quintessential Aussie game is a staple in backyards and beaches across the country!

beach toys

Scavenger hunt

Fire up your children’s imaginations with a thrill-seeking scavenger hunt on the beach.

While this game might involve a little prep work, we’ve shared everything you need to know in this blog post. Little ones will be thrilled as they take command of the mission at hand and seek out the treasure.

Best beach activities for adults

Stand-up paddle boarding

Stand-up paddle boarding (or SUP, for short) is quickly growing in popularity, and it’s no wonder why: it’s a whole lot of fun, and also a more relaxing way to get out on the water without the intensity of surfing.

First-time paddle boarder? Check out our handy list of tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure on the water. Our pick? The Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP.


A good old fashioned game perfect to play on (and fall into) the sand. Best of all, the only piece of equipment you’ll need is a rope.

three-piece beach set

High-adrenaline and competitive - this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. (But just remember, if younger kids are involved too, make sure you adjust your technique.)

Beach volleyball

Typically played with two players on each team, beach volleyball is as much a cardio workout as it is a beach game.

Many local beaches have volleyball courts and nets already set up, so all you have to do is bring along the ball.

Skills aren’t quite up to scratch? No worries - make it easier (and get the whole gang involved) by simply adding more players to each side of the net.

If no net is available, simply find a patch of sand and tweak the aim of the game: to prevent the ball from hitting the ground.

Best relaxing beach games and activities

Beach floats

Looking for something a little more low-key? Lolling about on the water with our gorgeous adult floaties is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach.

Beach yoga

relaxing beach games and activities

Pack up your mat and enjoy a low-key and relaxing yoga session. Set up early in the morning to enjoy sunrise or alternatively, schedule in a late-night session to witness a beautiful sunset.

Bring along a speaker with you for some gentle tunes, or simply let the crashing waves act as your soundtrack.

The beach is our happy place

It’s no wonder that the beach is a happy escape for people all over the world.

Whether you’re lucky enough to live close-by or make the effort to visit often, the beach provides a sense of calm and happiness that can’t be beaten.

If you’re looking for quality beach gear that will last you many seasons to come, check out our online beach shop. From essentials like towels and chairs to games, toys, and accessories, we’ve got everything you need for a fun-filled day on the ocean.

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