10 on Tuesday: Things to Do at the Beach

10 on Tuesday: Things to Do at the Beach
Cape May, New Jersey – August 2011

It’s just a few days before Labor Day, and much to my dismay, I haven’t been to the beach at all this summer. This means a) I need to put “fall trip to the beach” on the calendar ASAP, and b) I’ll have to do today’s 10 on Tuesday prompt – things to do at the beach – from memory, rather than recent experience. Or maybe I should look at it as a to-do list?

(Note: please assume that all of these activities are either taking place under an umbrella and/or with a liberal dose of high-SPF sun screen. I inherited what my grandma called “cheap Irish skin,” so the sun at the beach is my natural enemy.)

1. Read.

2. Swim.

3. Bodysurf.

4. Walk.

5. Drink frozen beverages.

6. Nap.

7. Pick up seashells.

8. Make a sandcastle.

9. People-watch.

10. Stare at the waves. (Often leads to #6.)

What did I miss? What are your favorite things to do at the beach?


Also: if you’d like an entirely different take on a 10 on Tuesday – but also written by me! – here’s my contribution to the work blog today: [10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways Preservationists Can Manage the Social Media Time Crunch. Though I wrote it from preservation-specific angle, I’d like to think it would translate to other types of organizations, too.

4 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Things to Do at the Beach

  1. Mom August 28, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    ALL OF YOUR LIST, of course, (except #3 😊) ++ eat lots of fresh seafood and have a hotel or cottage close enough to the beach so you can hear the waves crashing when you are!!

  2. susan August 28, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    Ummm…harkening back to dune house #5…dig for sand crabs! 🙂

  3. Common Loon August 28, 2012 / 8:13 pm

    I would add playing wave tag, always good for some belly laughs and a soaking. Thanks to nieces, must now add boogie- boarding, and kids would want to see “play football” on the list. I remember kite-flying fondly, some soft-serve ice cream, and glow sticks.

  4. Eileen August 29, 2012 / 1:31 am

    Pop tarts, Mr. Softee, coppertone, singing The Tide Is High, peach fuzz, glow sticks, sand crabs and of course shells. Lots and lots of shells!

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