As spring break and summer approach, one of the most fun and affordable vacations is a trip to the beach. Although you will still incur the cost of travel, lodging and food- entertainment is virtually free!

Personally, I need no prompting on how to enjoy myself on a beach for days on end. Likewise, my children play easily without much encouragement. I think it’s safe to say that we’re beach-people! However, that’s not the case for everyone. For that reason, many touristy beaches have all sorts of activities to draw you away from the sand. These attractions also come with a cost! What could have been a relatively inexpensive trip will add up fast if you start paying for activities.

In order to avoid the temptation of these attractions, keep this list of suggestions handy. Often by encouraging children with a new idea, they are able to enjoy hours of play. Keep the activities fresh and allow children to use their imagination to embellish your ideas. Additionally, use beach play as a fun educational tool. Many of the suggestions provided will not only be enjoyable, but will help kids learn through play.

A RARE moment that my child sits down at the beach! We stay SO active!

21 Free (or inexpensive) things to do at the beach:

  1. Build Sandcastles

    Mary Grace loved to build sandcastles for her dolls!

  2. Collect Shells
  3. Jump Waves

    So much joy jumping waves.

  4. Make Sand Footprint Stepping Stones
  5. Make a Volcano

    Love doing science experiments on the beach!

  6. Chase Birds

    For the record, we’ve never actually caught one.

  7. Make Sand Angels

    Making sand angels is infinitely better than snow angels!

  8. Long Walk
  9. Play Ball

    Playing catch at the beach is always fun!

  10. Relay Race
  11. Write Words/Letters in the Sand

    The sand is a wonderful canvas for practicing new writing skills.

  12. Make a Sundial
  13. Treasure Hunt

    5 steps away from the sticks- digging where “X” marks the spot…
    She found some buried jewels!

  14. Catch Crabs
  15. Fly A kite (I am a huge fan of the one in the link!)
  16. Create an Obstacle Course
  17. Go fishing
  18. Build a Monster Truck Track

    My son could play on his track for hours!

  19. Dig a Hole (Be sure to fill it in at the end of the day!)

    Try to dig to China.

  20. Snorkel
  21. Watch The Sun Rise/Set

Likely my two favorite parts of the day- sunrise and sunset! And, it’s a great time to take pictures!

What are your favorite beach activities?

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