When heading to the beach with family or friends, some people don’t realize all of the inexpensive activities available to them. It’s as easy as packing games with your beach gear, and getting on the road! Some beaches are even designed with activities for you and your family to enjoy. Below is a list of the top beach activities that can make your day at the beach a fun one that everyone will enjoy!
1. Beach Frisbee Golf
Frisbee golf is an inexpensive beach activity which can be played any beach with the right equipment. Interested in challenging your frisbee throwing skills? Frisbee golf might be for you!
I grew up playing golf, and throwing a frisbee was always a favorite pastime, so it seemed like a great activity for my family to play when we went on vacation to Huntington Beach in Orange County, California. This was a great decision, and the course at Central Park far exceeded my expectations. The cost of admission and refreshments were very affordable, and the course covered 15 amazing acres.
Frisbee golf is played just like golf; the only difference is disc-catchers are used instead of golf cups. This is a great activity which includes a lot of family fun, especially for the kids, or kids-at-heart! My kids enjoyed this game so much that I bought a portable set to play at our own local beach! There are a lot of different sets available online and at some local retail stores, so buying a good frisbee is well worth the investment.
2. Beach Volleyball
Volleyball is a classic beach activity that has been enjoyed on beaches worldwide. It’s a great way to make new friends, and it can be played all day. I found that once I set my volleyball net up on the beach, it doesn’t take long for other people to join the fun. I’ve made some good friends at the beach by bringing my volleyball equipment, and I’ve never heard the kids say, “I’m bored.”
Volleyball can be played one on one, two on two, or up to 9 players on each side of the net. Professional beach volleyball competitions can be seen on major broadcasting networks like Fox Sports, NBC, CBS, ABC, and ESPN or in person by attending the events. This is a great beach activity that provides hours of endless fun, and the entire game can be transported with ease.
3. Beach Water Bucket Relay
Water bucket relay games are great beach activities for both adults and kids, sure to bring lots of fun and laughter! This is a game that can be played with items you already packed like solo cups and sand pails for the kids. It’s quite possible to bring larger buckets for a better challenge, but conveniently the basic supplies you need are usually already packed!
Playing the game is easy. Each team has 1 empty bucket, a full bucket of water, and an empty cup. Simply place the empty buckets at the finish line and the full buckets at the start line. Each team will take turns filling the cup from the full bucket and run it back to the empty bucket as fast as they can- without spilling it, of course. The winner is the team who has the most water in their bucket at the finish line.
Water bucket relay is a simple game to play which offers lots of quality family time and entertainment for all ages. Believe it or not, the little ones might be slower, but they seem to grasp the concept better than most adults!
4. Beach Bocce Ball
Bocce Ball is a great beach activity for the whole family! The supplies are simple because you don’t even need a real bocce ball, just one that’s a little on the heavier side.
The game is simple, and can be played by two players, or teams! Place a marker in the sand, like a full water bottle with just the cap sticking out, and draw a circle around the object. From the same distance away, each person (or team) gets the opportunity to throw the ball nearest the marker. The winner is the one who gets the ball closest to the marker! Simple and fun.
5. Beach Dodge Ball
This is an exciting game and one that is sure to provide plenty of healthy competition amongst family and friends! This game part trying not to get hit by opposing thrower’s balls, and part being quick enough to grab or catch balls. When a player gets their hands on a ball, they have 5 seconds and 3 steps to get rid of the ball by trying to hit another player.
If a player gets hit by the ball they have to sit down, and the ball becomes fair game for other players. A sitting player can get back in the game if they’re able to catch another ball and hit a standing player. Remember to draw a large circle in the sand for “out” players to sit while waiting for an opportunity to join the game again!
Other Fun Beach Activities (Bonus Ideas)
There are a lot of really fun beach games that can be played without breaking the bank or having to pack an additional heavy bag. I like beach games that are simple, fun, entertaining, and ones that I can carry along with all of my other beach gear. Even a sturdy pair of binoculars can provide quite a bit of entertainment at the beach! Some other beach games to play with kids are beach ball hot potato, sand-hopscotch, sand angels, good old fashioned horseshoes, beach bucket sand art, beach obstacle courses, searching for shells or shark teeth, and finally, no day at the beach would be complete without some super-soakers! No matter what game you choose to play, there are lots of games that can be played on the beach with little to no expense and fun for everyone!
Related: The Best Beach Games for Families
Megan Jones is the lead author of Seaside Planet. She is an avid surfer, scuba diver, and travel enthusiast who takes any opportunity she can to spend time in the ocean. You can learn more about Meg and the rest of the editorial team here.