When summer finally arrives, you know one of your top destinations for the season will be the beach especially when temps begin to soar. There’s nothing more synonymous with summer fun than a day spent at the shore. Besides just swimming and sunbathing, there are a ton more fun things to do at the beach that will help keep you occupied all summer. Here are ten things to try at the beach this summer.
1. Build a bonfire.
Find an area of your local beach where bonfires are allowed. These designated areas may have concrete fire pits ready for wood or charcoal. Building a bonfire allows you to enjoy the beach after hours and creates a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Invite some friends and bring marshmallows and hotdogs to cook over the open fire. Play music, bring games and blankets to add to the festive atmosphere. A beach bonfire is sure to create a memorable summer experience.
2. Stroll down the boardwalk.
Many of us are too quick to dismiss boardwalks as a tourist trap. Being more open minded and going in to enjoy the full boardwalk experience can change your mind. Get ready to play carnival type games, ride a ferris wheel, and snack on ice cream or cotton candy. Boardwalks are great for people watching. A stroll down the boardwalk at night can be a romantic experience as well.
3. Pack a picnic.
Take some time to pack locally made foods or just some extra indulgent ingredients for your next beach day. A well done picnic basket will always be appreciated by hungry beach goers. There’s something about the salty air that makes good food taste even better.
4. Play in the sand.
Write your name in the sand and watch the waves wash it away. You can also spend extra time to build an extravagant sandcastle or sand mermaid.
5. Take a hike.
Your local beach is likely to have some great hiking trails nearby. Take some time to find these trails and plan your next hike. If it gets too hot, the nearby ocean is a great place to take a swim.
Piers are great for fishing for a variety of specimens. More than likely you won’t be able to keep your catches, but it’s a fun, relaxing way to spend the day.
7. Get active.
Surfing, kayaking, and windsurfing are a few ways to get active in the water.
8. Visit the tidepools.
Tide pools are great for exploring and discovering some of the little creatures that live in the sea. You can spend hours watching sea urchin, crabs, minnows, and others move about in their natural habitat.
9. Take photographs.
The beach is a great place to practice photography and you’re sure to get a great shot or two. The light is perfect in the mornings or late afternoons.
10. Collect seashells.
Wander the shores and you’ll come across shells in all shapes and sizes. There are bits of pretty sea glass and driftwood pieces to collect too.