6 Unique Ways to Have Fun on Your Family Beach Vacation

6 Unique Ways to Have Fun on Your Family Beach Vacation

Going to the beach for vacations is a popular choice for many families. Let’s face it, although you might want to find a nice spot in the sand, grab a drink, and catch up on your reading list, your children are going to want to do more. 

Keeping them entertained is not difficult as there are many fun activities to do while at the beach. Some of the activities you can participate in are:

  • Build a sand castle
  • Take a walk on the beach and collect shells
  • Start a bonfire, if permitted, and roast marshmallows
  • Play games like badminton, Frisbee, and volleyball

Rent a Boat

Although spending time on the beach is lots of fun, have you thought about taking a few days and renting a boat fully-equipped with a crew and captain of the ship? Or you can even drive the boat yourself.

Whichever one you choose, you should definitely pay attention to the weather. According to Boat Planet, “Boaters should always monitor the weather before taking their boat and passengers out on the water. Weather plays a huge role in how your boat will handle and the status of the waters. Don’t put your boat, yourself, and your passengers in the hands of Mother Nature”.

The last thing you want to do is be on the water during a thunderstorm or other bad weather conditions. 

Collect Sea Shells and Create Some Cool Crafts

If you get up early in the morning and take a walk along the beach, you will be able to find some unique shells. The tide washes up some of the best shells during the night. 

Find shells to add to your collection, or use them to create some unique crafts. After your walk, let the kids play in the sand while you relax. When they start to get antsy, it is the time to start being creative and release your inner artistic side. 

Some of the crafts you can create with items you find on the beach are: 

  • Letter art
  • Beach art
  • Using dental floss and shells with holes in them, string them together to form a necklace
  • Glittered shells for holiday ornaments
  • Sea shell key chains
  • Make cute decorative fish

Once you have finished creating your DIY crafts, you can go back to relaxing and your children can use their pails and shovels to build sand castles. 

Catch Some Fish

Not all beaches allow fishing, so before you bring along your gear, check the beach regulations. Many beaches have fishing piers where you can rent fishing supplies if you don’t have your own. 

The piers often extend far out over the ocean and many are open 24 hours a day. Fishing at night is very peaceful. You will be able to see the stars in the sky on clear nights with the sound of waves in the background. 

You should also check to see if there are fishing tours or lessons if you are a newbie or looking to better your skills.  

Water Sports

For older children who like adventure, try water skiing or parasailing. If you have never done either before, check to see if the beach offers lessons or packages for newbies. 

There is nothing like the adrenaline rush you will get being out on the water with waves crashing all around you.

Scavenger Hunt

Everyone loves a scavenger hunt. All you need is a bucket and a list of things to find. The items on the list should be small enough to fit in the bucket. 

A unique suggestion is to use your phone to take pictures for things that don’t fit into the bucket like a striped beach umbrella or a checkered beach blanket. The winner is the one who has found all the items on their list first.

Be Prepared for Inclement Weather

The weather may not always cooperateduring your vacation. If you have activities planned in case it rains, your family will have a much better time.  Here you can find the best beaches  for a vacation.  

Check out the local attractions like museums, bowling alleys, shopping malls, movie theaters, concert venues, and arcades before you leave for your vacation so that you will have an alternative to sun- bathing in inclement weather.

A well-planned thought-out family beach vacation can be relaxing, stimulating when engaging in other activities, and fun for all members of the family.

6 Unique Ways to Have Fun on Your Family Beach Vacation




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Mia Rose

We had so much fun on our beach vacation this year playing in the sand and collecting shells. The kids spent hours building sand castles.