Oceanside beaches offer the perfect setting to have fun. It’s the place to be greeted by the warm sun and splash of surf, enjoy the outdoors, and have plenty of room for beach activities with family and friends. If you need ideas for things to do at the beach, we’ve got the games, products, and activities that will make your next trip to the beach outstanding!
Things to Do at the Beach
Bring your Lawn Games
Lawn games aren’t just for your backyard. They are also tons of fun at the beach and will keep any group entertained. Bring a couple of games to have options, and you’ll have beach activities that last for hours!
Some great games that work well outdoors are bean bag toss and ladder ball. For younger kids, just throwing the bean bags will be fun; however, for older kids, teens, and adults, it’s fun to pair up on teams and keep score to see which team has the best skills. A popular scoring method is to give three points for throwing the bean bag through the hole and one point for sticking it on the board; the team who reaches a total of 21 first wins.
If you’ve never played ladder ball, it’s definitely a game to try. It consists of a three-rung “ladder” and a set of ball-and-rope throws for each team. Standing anywhere from 20-30 feet away from the ladder, toss your ropes toward the rungs of the ladder. Any rope that manages to stay on the ladder at the end of your turn is converted into points, depending on which rung it landed on. It’s another simple aiming game, but ladder ball is fun for a wide range of ages.
What makes these games great for the beach is that they are still operational in windy weather. Unlike a game like badminton, where wind can interrupt game play, bean bag toss and ladder ball both use weighted objects that are perfect even for windy days. Check out these lawn games and more available at Target.
See also: 12 Fun Oceanside Beach Events for Summer
Have a Beach Picnic
Of all the things to do at the beach, a picnic is sure to please everyone. Many Oceanside beaches have designated picnic areas with tables, grills, and shade for families to enjoy for a meal; Pier View South Beach, Pier View North Beach, Breakwater Way Beach, and Buccaneer Beach all offer picnic tables and grills on or near the beach.
If you want to pack your picnic and enjoy lunch on a blanket in the sand, the right beach blanket makes all the difference. CGear makes amazing sand-free beach mats uniquely designed to let sand fall through the mat but doesn’t let it come up from the bottom, effectively keeping your beach mat sand free for lunch!
If you’re looking for a picnic that goes beyond PB&J, check out these picnic recipes and tips from How Stuff Works. The list offers variations of picnic favorites, like potato salad, fried chicken, and deviled eggs.
Book a rental or lesson.
Oceanside beaches offer a number of fun lessons and rental opportunities. If you’re looking to cycle the beach, try Oceanside Bikes or Wheel Fun Rental for a variety of beach cruiser and specialty bikes. Rentals are also available for kayaks, paddle boards, pedal boats, jet skis, and more. Check out our water sports rentals page for options.
Don’t forget to give Oceanside surfing a try! Surfing is a beloved California sport made iconic by many pop culture movies and songs. Get tips from the best by checking out our Oceanside Surf Lessons.
See also: Beach Games and Family Activities
Oceanside CA offers many more beach activities to make your next trip special. From providing the perfect setting to build sandcastles or have a bonfire to offering opportunities to try sailing or fishing, an Oceanside beach is waiting to make your dream beach trip come true! With so many things to do at the beach, your only problem will be fitting them all into your schedule. See more Oceanside beach activities on our Sports and Recreation Page.