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Make the most of a day at the beach

Summer is generally a time when being active is an expectation, and there is no better place to do it than the beach. For those concerned there is nothing more to do than oil up and baste in the sun, here are a few things that can keep everyone active and entertained. Getting out and having fun together is one of the best ways to enjoy a day at this perfect location.

Head into the surf

The beach is a wonderful place where water meets land, yet there may be a few people hesitant to step into the surf. Waves are a wonderful place to play, and swimming in them can take on a whole new adventure when fighting past the breakers. Heading into the surf is a great way to keep cool, and it can exercise those unused muscles gained during the cold months of the year. Walking out after a brisk swim can be like warming up in front of a fire before plunging back in to cool down again.

Sand sculpting

One of the best things about going to the beach is the sand, and it can help create a wonderful series of memories for everyone there. Few people can resist the urge to form damp sand into shapes, so sand sculpting can be a great way to enjoy a day at a local beach. Forming castles is just the beginning of what can be accomplished. Entire towns, fantasy creatures, and even a retro car model are possible for those ready to put in a few hours of concentrated work on their private masterpiece.

Using the wind

The heat differential between the water and the land creates a constant breeze, and using the wind to fly a kite is a marvelous way for families to share a day at the shore. Getting a kite into the air at many locations can be difficult when the breeze refuses to cooperate, but that is not going to be an issue here. Simply hang on tight to that string as the wind is ready to see how far it can go. For those into designing and building their own kites, a day at the beach can be a great testing ground.

A round of volleyball

Forget the net and simply draw a line in the sand to get everyone interested in playing on teams when at the beach. A great round of volleyball is more about trying to beat the other team while having fun, so infusing everyone with team spirit counts. As the ball heads through its tortured pathway on each side, keeping it from hitting the ground can provide loads of fun and laughter. Eventually popping it over to the other team can feel like a positive score has already been achieved by any team, and returning it should be cause for celebration.

A picnic lunch

Spending an entire day at the beach might not always be possible, but it could provide a nice break during the day. Tossing together an impromptu lunch for a sandy picnic could be the cure for whatever ails anyone living or working near this beautiful location. Spreading a towel or a blanket takes care of setting the table, and enjoying the sights, sounds, and the sand provide the ambiance. Relaxing while eating and enjoying the breeze makes a picnic lunch at the beach well worth the effort to get there.

Sand games

Entertainment has a different meaning for different people, and some of them like games. Tic-tac-toe at the beach is a good way to get them started on enjoyment. Simply draw out the squares in the sand and start marking them. For those who prefer something a bit more active, hopscotch can also be played in the sand. Using seashells as markers can make it more fun, and even a spill or two can be enjoyed when falling into the soft sand provided naturally at this beautiful location.