Summer at the beach brings out some of the coolest beach wagons for kids. Are you in the market for a beach wagon that will carry small kids, coolers and actually roll across the sand? At our beach in Carlsbad, CA, we’ve seen every type of wagon from the classic Radio Flyer cargo wagon to themed foldable wagons. There are a few options to consider when buying a beach wagon.
Best All-Purpose Wagon: Everyone’s favorite little red wagon goes heavy duty in the Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon, a version with big rubber tires that can carry kids from 18 months to 6 years. Our neighbors have this one for their toddler, and they’re always loading it up with boogie boards, snacks and drinks for a long day at the beach. This is a great option for children who don’t want to ride in a stroller. If you’re always heading to the beach or other rough terrains, this is a great pick. It takes up a lot of storage space in both your garage and your car, but is a good quality item that your kids will enjoy for many years. There are also some pricy Amish-made beach wagons if you’re looking for something handmade in the USA.
Foldable Wagons: Many families that visit the beach less often want a more compact wagon a foldable or collapsible wagon. They pack in the car easily, but aren’t recommended to hold a lot of weight, or carry children. If you need to drag one of these through sand carrying coolers, make sure to get one with big wheels like the Mac Sports Folding Beach Wagon. The all-terrain version is usually more expensive than the skinny-wheeled foldable wagons you can find at your local sporting goods store for around $50. I’ve seen mostly fabric ones on the beach, but there are also collapsible metal-sided wagons available (like those used in garden shops).
Other Options For Carrying Beach Gear: Still traveling with a stroller? Load up your stroller with your lightweight beach stuff and add a Mommy Hook to carry extra bags. The Mommy Hook is great for bags of sand toys or a picnic basket. You can even put a small cooler in the stroller seat and carry the baby or make the toddler walk! I always see dads walking to the beach with the Wonder Wheeler Plus Beach Cart, a cart that can hold 4 beach chairs and a cooler. I even spotted a few on our recent trip to Catalina Island, where I suspect hotels rent them out to guests.
I know a beach outing with a baby, toddler or a bunch of kids can seem daunting, but it’s much easier if you’re organized and prepared. Stock your new beach wagon with all the right things to bring to the beach and make it a trip to remember.
Photo by nickwallen