A trip to the beach is one of the most common, but some would say dull and overdone, forms of family recreation. Try some of these activities to give your beach outing a little variety and potentially make the excursion more interesting.
Why not be adventurous and take a drive farther than you normally would to explore? Maybe there’s a popular beach a few miles from your home where you normally go, but thirty or forty miles up the coast there’s a more secluded area you’ve always thought about visiting but haven’t gotten around to yet. A long weekend could be a good time to avoid the crowds and take a trip up there, and maybe do some hiking along the seafront.
2. Metal detecting
Many people enjoy wandering the beach, metal detector in hand, searching for treasure. It can be quite addictive once you get started. (Be aware, though, that it’s not cheap. A decent beginner’s metal detector costs $200 or more, and more serious devices can be over $1,000.) Unfortunately there’s no guarantee you’ll find that chest of gold and jewels buried by pirates centuries ago, but at least you can have fun searching.
3. Picnicking and barbecuing
Why not bring along some food to the beach? Maybe turn it into a bigger bash for a larger circle of friends, or a family reunion. Put together a menu of everybody’s favorite outdoor foods, and enjoy the day.
If you’re at the kind of beach with the right conditions for surfing (which doesn’t mean just Hawaii or southern California by the way; there are active surfing communities in places like New Jersey), this can be an exhilarating activity, and one that provides plenty of exercise.
5. Playing frisbee
A game of frisbee can be as simple as two people tossing the disc back and forth. But it can also be quite elaborate. In an open, uncrowded area of beach, mark multiple spots with pennants, stakes or other items, and create a makeshift frisbee golf course.
7. Building sand creations
Give young children a few suitable tools such as plastic buckets, and they can entertain themselves for hours constructing castles, walls, and whatever else their imagination conjures up for them out of sand.
Enjoy your family time. Work and school beckon when the weekend’s over.