These activities needn’t be done all on one visit, in fact, it might work better if you kept to one or two at a time. Having a family goal can make your trip so much more enjoyable (and educational).
20 Beach Activities you’ll love doing with the family
Search for animals at the beach.
There are usually plenty of birds at the beach, but if you look closer you may find crabs, fish, jellyfish, starfish and if you’re lucky, a turtle! Low tide is the best time to go hunting for creatures on the beach.
Dig a little deeper, don’t forget those pippies. Some animals live under the sand and aren’t as easy to find.
Close your eyes.
Take a moment together and listen to the sounds of the ocean and animals.
Have a discussion about the animals that live in the ocean and on the beach.
Count how many birds you see.
Can you see different species of bird? How can you tell they are different types of birds?
Talk to an expert.
Find a ranger, lifeguard or beach cleaner and learn more about the area you’re exploring. You never know what amazing stories and expert advice they can share.
Can’t find many animals? Look for the Signs
Many animals will be in hiding if there are lots of people around. Hunt around mangroves and other sheltered areas where animals may like to hide.
All washed up
Look for seeds, driftwood, shells and other treasures washed up from the waves. How did they get there?
Splashing in the waves is the perfect time to pretend you’re a dolphin or other ocean animal. Not going swimming? Pretend you’re a crab or seagull instead.
Take the binoculars
you may be able to spot a whale or a dolphin when you have the better vision to do so.
Search the rock pools
Before going to the beach sit down and write a list of animals you think you will see at the beach. If you can’t find an animal on the list, think about why you can’t.
Size it up
Before you go to the beach, find out the length of different types of animals and measure them out in the sand to see how big they are in comparison to each of you. For example, pace out a line in the sand that is 3.9 meters long to get the idea of how big a dolphin can get.
Pick up rubbish
Do something good for the ocean while you’ve been enjoying it and discuss why it is important to do so.
Try to mimic the animal sounds you hear. It’s so fun trying to sound like a wave, seagull and the wind.
Measure the tide
If the tide is going out, mark a link where the water’s edge is and go back to it just before you leave. How far has the tide gone out?
Sink your toes in
You can’t have a list of beach activities and no add making sand castles! The bigger the better!
Observe what happens one meter in front of your feet as you walk along the sand when it’s low tide. Gently step into a leftover pool of water. Do you see any animals scurrying/swimming away from you? How did they get caught?
The best part about this list of beach activities is that if you’ve done everything, it’s still enjoyable to do it all again!