A day in the sun at your local beach is sure to be a blast, whether you like to boogie board in the waves or just relax in the sand. However, if you want to take things up a notch, beach games can provide even more family fun on your next trip.
Not sure what beach games you should bring on your next summertime adventure? Check out these great options for some family-friendly fun at the beach.
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Spikeball is all the rage these days on college and university campuses, but it’s also the perfect game for any beach getaway. In Spikeball, two teams of two gather around a small horizontal trampoline-like net.
Then, each team takes turns serving a small ball in volleyball-style fashion to try and win points against their competitors. Both teams have up to three hits between them (sort of like a bump, set, and spike in volleyball) to try and return the ball. In the end, the team with the most points wins.
Cricket is a popular sport around the world that’s played at both professional and recreational levels. But, a friendly game of cricket is a great way to introduce a bit of enjoyable competition for beachgoers of all ages.
There are plenty of lightweight cricket sets out there, which are easy enough to bring to the beach. You can easily set up a pitch in the sand with your wickets and then get right into the match. Just be sure you don’t lose the ball in the ocean!
Cornhole is a family-friendly lawn game that’s perfect for a lazy day at the beach. Lightweight cornhole sets are easy enough to pack to the beach. Then, you simply need to find a large enough space in the sand to set up your cornhole boards.
Once the game is set up, the fun can begin. Split up into two teams and alternate trying to throw beanbags into the other team’s cornhole. Although it sounds easy, this game is a lot harder than it looks. Plus, cornhole can be scaled for people of all ability levels, making it a good option for families.
Crossnet is essentially volleyball that’s taken to a whole new level. Like volleyball, the purpose of Crossnet is to win points by spiking a ball past your opponent. However, this time you have not one, but three opponents to defeat.
Crossnet is essentially a hybrid between volleyball and four square, which makes it a great option for summertime fun. Most Crossnet sets are also height-adjustable, so it can be used by both children and adults, alike.
TidalBall is a beach-specific version of cornhole that’s made specifically for sandy environments. The game comes with a scoper, which can be used to dig holes in the sand that are 10 feet (3m) apart to serve as your targets.
Then, you split up into two teams and take turns attempting to throw your TidalBalls into the other team’s goal. Just like in cornhole, the team that scores the most points wins.
But, what sets TidalBall apart from cornhole is that the game comes in a waterproof and sand-proof bag. Plus, the balls are designed to float, just in case you happen to throw them into the water.
Bucketball is the beachgoer’s beer pong set that’s specifically designed for fun in a windy and sandy environment. The came comes with twelve large buckets that can be placed in the sand to serve as targets.
Then each team takes turns throwing their ball into the other team’s bucket to earn points. However, these “bucket pong balls” are weighted for use in windy conditions and are also able to float if you happen to throw them into the ocean.
Plus, the buckets can be weighted down with sand to stop them from blowing over on the beach, making this a great game for small groups looking for some summertime fun.
Jazzminton is a highly portable version of badminton that’s great for use on the beach. The set comes with two paddles, one ball, and four birdies and it can be played without a net.
It comes with two types of shuttlecocks (fast or slow), which can be used to have a fun volley with your friends on the beach. Since you don’t need to carry around a net to play Jazzmiton, it’s the perfect pickup game in between dips in the ocean.
Horseshoes is an absolute classic of a game that’s easy enough to bring to the beach. While traditional horseshoes are quite heavy, there are plenty of lightweight horseshoes sets out there that come with targets that can be buried in the sand during your next beach trip.
This game is great for people of all ages since it can easily be scaled to suit different ability levels. Plus, the entire set packs up into a small carrying case for easy transport to and from the beach.