Those of you who live near a beach have probably grown used to the sights and sounds of the ocean, but people living inland like myself are counting down the days until they can leave work or school behind and head for the sand. Coastal citizens often forget, though, that a beach is a haven for entertainment–at little to no cost to you. So, next time you find yourself in a state of boredom, put the wallet away and venture to the beach for hours of free fun.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Have a Picnic
The beach is a great place to take the family for lunch. It can also make dinner with the love of your life more romantic. You have to eat every day so why not enjoy the sunshine and scenery as you dine?
2. Fly a Kite
On a windy day, watching a kite float on the wind can be relaxing. Once you get the hang of it, you can start building your own elaborate kites.
3. Go for a Run or a Walk
The waterfront is the perfect place to take your daily run. The sand is kinder to your joints than hard surfaces, and you can always stop to cool off in the ocean.
4. Go Fishing
The ocean holds the widest variety of fish, making it the best location for leisure fishing. All you need is a pole, some bait, and perhaps a friend. Don’t forget that some areas require that you have a fishing license.
5. Dig for Sand Crabs
For a challenging and exciting time, take the kids to the beach to dig for sand crabs. They will be hard to catch at first, but once the first one is caught and the excitement builds, you won’t want to stop!
6. Read your Favorite Book or Magazine
Reading can be a relaxing hobby when done indoors, but reading on the beach supplies you with fresh air and scenery that is sure to keep your stress level low. If you don’t have anything worth reading at the house, the local library is sure to have something for you in its vast collection.
7. Play Frisbee
Whether it’s for exercise or entertainment, tossing a Frisbee is a great way to spend your time. The Frisbee isn’t reserved for humans either, and your dog will love getting out of the house for some quality time at the beach. Be sure to choose a dog friendly beach.
8. Collect Shells or Pebbles
You don’t have to be a professional Conchologist to enjoy collecting shells or pebbles. Marine biology supplies us with some of the most intricate exoskeletons. You can gather a collection to identify species of marine life or to make interesting art pieces. Just make sure to have fun.
9. Build Sand Castles
Building sand castles has been a pastime for beach-goers for years. Sand creations now range from simple bucket-made castles to intricate sand sculptures. After a few years, you may be good enough to take your talents to the American Sand Sculpting Championship.
10. Swim or Surf
What is a day at the beach without swimming or surfing? If you own a surfboard, get out on the water! Thousands of people wish that they had the opportunity to surf. For those of you without a surfboard, choose a safe beach to swim at and jump into the waves.
This is only a brief list of the entertainment that the beach has to offer. If you have any ideas that weren’t mentioned, feel free to comment and share your ideas with others. Then share the article so people that live near a beach will realize that they are a short trip away from some free fun!
What do you do when you go to the beach?