20 Things to do at the Beach on a Sunny Day


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Hot summer days are coming soon, and if you’re like me, the only thing on your mind is getting to the beach.

But before you go packing up all of your belongings for a relaxing day at the shore, it’s important that you’ve got some activities planned out.

Beach time isn’t just about playing in the water or tanning (although those are definitely fun); it’s also about taking part in these 20 things!


With a little imagination and a lot of creativity, there is plenty for you to do while catching the waves.

Regardless of the fact that you’re visiting the beach for a day or longer, there are a plethora of things to do.


  1. Play Games
  2. Take Pictures
  3. Make a BBQ
  4. Walk the Beach
  5. Swim
  6. Surf
  7. Kayaking
  8. Paddle boarding
  9. Look for Seashells
  10. Build a Sandcastle
  11. Ride a Bike
  12. Grab some ice-cream
  13. Check out local shops
  14. Walk the Pier
  15. Sunbath
  16. Read a Book
  17. Listen to Music
  18. Check out the historic district
  19. Go Fishing
  20. Make a Bonfire at night
  21. Journal
  22. Check out the Local Downtown
  23. Go to a Museum

With a large number of people there is plenty that will keep you busy on hours end.

20 Things to do at the beach

1. Play Games

One of the things you can definitely do is always pack either a soccer ball, football, or volleyball.

Some beaches have plenty of room and you can easily make a team out of your family.

Most popular beaches have volleyball nets you can use if you bring a volleyball.

Who doesn’t love to play beach volleyball? One such beach, for example, is Cocoa Beach in Florida

Soccer is another popular sport you can play at the beach.

Playing beach soccer is one of the most fun things to do at the beach that will give you plenty of fresh air and exercise to submerge yourself in.

Bring a Frisbee.

If you have never played frisbee at the beach, maybe it is time you start!

Frisbee will keep you entertained for hours! All you really need is two people to start.

And it can actually be fun watching the frisbee fly while getting exercise all at the same time!


2. Take Pictures

Bring a camera. Maybe you are a photographer! Even if you are not, bringing your phone or even a great camera will definitely be worth it!

It’s amazing how many great pictures you can take with your Nikon or Canon.

The clarity of pictures is just stunning, but even if you don’t have a camera you can use your phone since you are sure to get a lot of memories that will last a lifetime!

On the plus side, most phones have cameras with really good pixel and zoom lenses.

Be sure to invest in a little waterproof phone pouch to keep your phone sand free and waterproof!

Stay to take pictures of the sunsets- With your phone or even a camera to take pictures of the sunsets. It will definitely bring a lot of memories when you look back at those pictures.

3. Make a BBQ

Making a family barbecue is one of the coolest things you can do at the beach.

Some places have BBQ grills scattered throughout the beach and you can definitely use those.

Or if you have a portable BBQ then definitely bring that with you!

4. Walk the Beach.

The best thing to do at the beach is to get some great exercise! Take a walk with your family or even by yourself.

You’ll be surprised how many miles you walk since you can get lost in the moment by watching the waves splash.

Another great suggestion is if you bring your running shoes it would be a perfect time to get some running or jogging exercise to pump up your heart.


5. Swim

Another great exercise to partake in. You will not only burn calories and get a great workout but you will have lots of fun splashing in the waves.

6. Surf

7. Kayaking

8. Paddleboarding

9. Look for Seashells

10. Build a Sandcastle

11. Ride a Bicycle

12. Grab an Ice-Cream

13. Check Out Local Shops

Things To Do At The Beach Alone

Pack light- as a solo traveler it is essential to pack only the necessary things with you.

Since you may have to leave your belongings alone at times it’s best to pack light so you won’t have to worry about whether or not something may get lost or stolen.

14. Walk the Pier

If the beach you are staying at offers a pier then be sure to do that!


It’s amazing what a stunning view you can get by just walking the pier. Most piers in California are free, but if you were to walk the piers in Florida then you may have to pay a small fee.

Even if you do, it is totally worth walking the pier! An amazing pier to walk in St. Johns Pier in St. Augustine Florida, 

15. Sunbath

16. Read a Book

At last, no one bothers you while you read your favorite book at the beach!

You can definitely get a lot of reading done when you take your book! And the best part is that nobody will interrupt you while reading.

17. Listen to Music

Bring your headphones. If you rather be listening to music while at the beach you can also do that!

Nobody will interrupt and you can finally get to listen to your favorite songs without worrying about tuning anyone out!  


Be sure to be aware of your surroundings since you don’t want to be caught off guard by a wave or someone else. Keep a wary eye and maybe listen to music with one earbud or maybe on low volume

18. Check Out Historic District

19. Go Fishing

20. Make a Bonfire at Night

Just like the barbecue grills, some beaches offer fire pits. It’s a great place to pack some marshmallows, graham crackers, and even chocolate!

It’s the perfect place to have a beach bonfire with family and friends or even as a solo traveler!

There are a ton of things to do at the beach. Don’t ever feel like you need to have someone there!

Sometimes the best travel is solo travel! Honestly, it is one of the nicest things to do since you not only experience peace but also tranquility without having to entertain others.

21. Journal

If you love to write then definitely bring a journal with you!

It is amazing how much thinking you can do at the beach! Jotting down what your grateful for is the perfect place to start or if you are a freestyle writer than definitely take advantage of that!

22. Check out the local downtown

Walking the beach downtown is also one of the must-things you should do!


It will definitely make it worthwhile. Stroll by local mom and pop shops and visit boutiques and restaurants.

You may even make friends as you travel to these areas. One such place is the New Smyrna Beach Shopping area filled with neat little beach memories.

23. Go to a local Museum

Most beach towns have a museum or lighthouse, especially the ones in Florida, there is always something monumental to visit.

Learning some beach history or even about the town, is usually one of the best places to start. You can even get some insider tips from local people if you are visiting a museum!


The beach is a perfect place to spend time with family, friends or even by yourself.

There are so many fun activities that you can do at the ocean shore from surfing and swimming to playing games like volleyball and soccer.

If you’re feeling adventurous then try some of these crazy things for an unforgettable experience!

For those who don’t want as much excitement or prefer a more subdued day out there’s plenty of other options too such as going fishing, walking along the water’s edge or just sitting back in your chair soaking up the sun.

Whatever it is you have planned be sure not forget sunscreen because we all know how damaging UV rays can be on our skin!

So what will it be? What sounds most appealing to you?


Jess and Jeanette are two sisters who were inspired by their family beach vacations while growing up. Their passion lies in guiding you toward the most remarkable beach destinations across the United States! Cheers! ❤️

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