13 Awesome Lake Toys to Add This Summer

When you hit the beach this summer, make sure you come prepared. From inflatables to games to items to keep your beverages cool, here are 13 awesome toys to bring with you to the lake this year.

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Great for young divers and explorers, this Seascooter can handle depths of 30 feet with a speed up to 2.5 miles per hour and a run time of an hour. It’s easy to handle and even has a mount for an underwater camera. “I tried to talk my husband out of ordering this sea scooter. Glad he didn’t listen to me! We took this to the lake and had so much fun, my 12-year-old used it for over an hour. The adults also used it and all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to taking this to the ocean,” said one buyer.

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Spaceship Squirter

This summer, take a couple of these inflatable spaceship squirters to the lake and have a fun squirt gun fight. This inflatable is equipped with a constant-supply squirt gun so you’ll never run out of water! This is the best portable inflator for camping and beach gear.

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Floating Mat

Children and adults will enjoy their time at the lake with an 18-foot x 6-foot floating mat. Use it to relax on, or to make those lake games a bit more challenging. The mat comes with a bungee tether so it can be attached to a dock or boat so you don’t have to worry about drifting away. P.S. Make walking in water safe and easy with the best water shoes (like these ones from Merrell).

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Floating Pong Set

Pong isn’t just for the garage or basement. This floating pong set is perfect for a round at the beach. Just inflate and fill it with your beverage of choice. The set has two rafts, three balls and rules that can be followed or ignored. The raft can also double as a drink holder.

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Inflatable Island

Everyone can get in on the fun with this inflatable island. It fits up to eight people or 650 pounds. Lay back and relax or use the openings to swim through. “Teens had so much fun playing with this on the lake,” said one buyer. “They floated in it, wrestled on it, played whack-a-mole, even paddled it across the lake and back.”

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Beach Aquarium Kit

Turn your trip to the beach into a science lesson with this beach aquarium kit. Kids will be able to take a closer look at what’s in the water, as the screen lid allows it to be submerged underwater. Once they’re done, just open the lid to release the water back into the lake or ocean. “We just got home from a beach trip along the Florida panhandle. My kids loved catching critters in the surf,” said one buyer. “We found beach clams, mole crabs, hermit crabs, sand dollars, and even caught several minnows. We would fill up our aquarium with sand and water and enjoy watching our temporary pets for a while, and then see them free again. Other kids and parents on the beach would wander over to look at what we’d caught, and several commented on the great aquarium.” Here are expert-approved tips for when and how to raise the pH in an aquarium.

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Logs and Log Boppers

With these inflatables, just add kids and let the fun begin. The set comes with two inflatable logs, along with two inflatable log boppers. Who knows—adults may have just as much fun playing with the set. “My 12-year-old convinced me to play against him. To my surprise, we had a blast. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time,” said one buyer.

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Water Wheel

Kids will be able to play and float with this inflatable water wheel. Lay back and try to balance it, swim through it or just float on the side—this wheel makes a great addition to your lake toys. These are the 10 best backyard games you can buy.

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Baby and Toddler Beach Tent

Make sure your baby or toddler has a good time at the lake this season with this beach tent. There’s no assembly required, and it easily pops up and folds back down. It includes a canopy which offers protection from the sun and a shallow wadding pool so they can splash around.

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Slammo Game Set

Kids and adults can get competitive on the beach this summer with this Slammo game set. The game is easy, think of it like a game of two-on-two volleyball. Teams have three hits to bounce or spike the ball to the net. The set comes with the target, two competition balls, a training ball, a traveling case and rules.

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Floating Cooler

Keep all your beverages cool and nearby with this inflatable floating cooler. No more trips back up to the beach to get another beverage! The inflatable even has six cup holders and heavy-duty handles for easy carrying. Check out more options for floating coolers.

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Floating Cornhole

Take the cornhole game from the tailgate to the lake with this floating cornhole version. There are grommets on all four corners for tethering on land and the set comes with four green and four blue “blobs” and two targets. “My 4-year-old grandson had a ball playing this (he was good at it too) as well as the adults. It’s sturdy and the ‘bean bags’ float so they are easy to retrieve if you miss the target,” said one buyer.

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Child Float with Canopy

Young beach goers will enjoy floating around in this inflatable with canopy. The swim ring has two safety handles and leg holes so they can move their legs around freely without fear of falling through. Build a toddler busy board with items you already have.

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