When you are planning a beach day with the kids, you not only are thinking about what snacks, toys, games, and shade to bring, but also thinking how to get all this gear… and your restless kids… from the parking lot to the beach!
A wagon can definitely come in handy by making the ride fun for kids and easy for you! Also you can feel safe knowing that your kids won’t be getting lost in the crowds of beach-lovers while you find the perfect spot for your family-fun day.
On our search for the best beach wagon for kids and toddlers, we are looking for:
- Storage capacity
- Foldable features
We tried to find wagons that most of these targets to help you find the perfect fit for your perfect day at the beach!
- Best Overall: Radio Flyer Canopy Wagon
- Best for Babies: Evenflo Pivot All-terrain
- Best Canopy Wagon: Step 2 Canopy Wagon
- Best Portable Wagon: Hauck Eco-Wagon
- Best Extra-Large Wagon: MacSports Xtender
- Best Bike Wagon: Quick-N-EZ Double Tow Trailer
- Best Heavy-Duty Wagon: Landworks Heavy-Duty Cart
Best Beach Wagons for Kids
Best Overall: Radio Flyer Canopy Wagon
Radio Flyer has been a wagon classic for years! This new model is soft-sided and can hold up to 150 pounds of kid or cargo. It can help you get your cooler and beach gear down to the beach, and help you carry tired kids back.
The all-terrain wheels can handle any terrain, including sand.
This wagon can also become a bench by unzipping one side, and its canopy with UV protection and seat belts ensure your kids are safe! Off-road tires help you make it from the parking lot to your perfect beach spot, and when you are packing up, it can fold up to allow room for your beach gear.
It also has drink holders to free your hands up! The recommended age for this wagon is 1 ½ years and up.
Best for Babies: Evenflo Pivot All-terrain
The Evenflo pivot wagon is easily pushed or pulled depending on what is most comfortable. It comes with 2 canopies for a UV-protective sun cover and a foot-well for kid comfort!
The canopies are easily flipped down for a ride with a view. This wagon comes with a storage basket to keep small items at the ready.
If you have a toddler and a baby, you can also purchase an infant seat that will attach to this wagon. We love this wagon for its comfort for kids and adults!
We wish the footwell could be covered to create a level area for when a kid wants to nap in this wagon, but a bodyboard covered with a blanket could do the trick.
Best Canopy Wagon: Step 2 Canopy Wagon
This wagon is made of molded plastic and can seat 2 children. It has seatbelts and a door-latch for safe riding. It also comes with a canopy to provide shade for your kids as they ride!
The plastic seats can flip down to create a snack table for a child or to cover the middle section and create 2 layers of storage.
Also, a storage compartment at the rear of this wagon can help you keep your sunglasses, snacks… or sand toys at the ready.
The handle flips under the wagon to become a bit more compact for travel. Still, storage space may become a bit tight with this model depending on your other beach needs. This sturdy plastic model can carry kids from 18 months to eight years.
Best Portable Wagon: Hauck Eco-Wagon
The Hauck Eco-wagon is built with versatility in mind. It has cushions to make the ride comfortable for kids, but when the cushions are removed it can also be used for stowing beach gear!
The wagon cover can easily be removed for handwashing and the steel tube frame is foldable for easy portability.
We like that the canopy protects from the sun and rain and that a child can sleep lying down in this wagon! This wagon is made to hold up to 120 pounds of load.
Its recommended age range by the manufacturer is 36 months to 15 years.
Best Extra-Large Wagon: MacSports Xtender
This wagon is the limousine of beach wagons! A little over 50 inches in length this extra-long model can even fit a 10×10 foot pop-up canopy!
It has room for all your beach needs and has a handle that is designed for easy steering control.
It can hold up to 150 pounds and has 2 mesh pockets in the front for drinks or personal items.
If you are trying to avoid multiple hauling trips out to your beach location, this would be a great choice! This model is not specifically made for children, but customer reviews have said it works great for up to three kids.
It also has an accordion-style folding system to fit easily in your trunk!
Best Bike Wagon: Quick-N-EZ Double Tow Trailer
For the outdoor family, this Quick-N-EZ Trailer may be what you are looking for!
This trailer is made to attach to a bicycle, but can also transform into a push wagon by the addition of a third wheel and handlebar.
It comes with a weather shield, bug screen, and rear vent to protect kids from the elements and bug bites.
The large 16 inch rear tires can keep you from getting bogged down in the sand.
It can hold up to 80 lbs and another 12 pounds in the rear storage area. Two children can ride in this wagon and each seat has a 5-point harness system.
It can fold up for easy storage and has quick-release wheels for easy set-up. This wagon is definitely putting safety first with its steel frame and child safety belts, and is fit for on or off-road!
Best Heavy-Duty Wagon: Landworks Heavy-Duty Cart
For the beach-goers that like to pack it all, this heavy-duty wagon will pull its own weight!
This wagon can hold up to 400 lbs and is made of heavy-duty gauge steel.
We like that the sides have the ability to fold down to make for easy unloading of heavy items such as coolers or canopies. That can be a back-saver!
While not specifically designed for children, it is certainly heavy-duty enough to hold their weight!
What is great about this wagon is that it is almost indestructible and can carry a lot… the main drawback is that it is not very portable as it weighs almost 40 lbs, and does not fold up.
These are the best beach wagons we found for holding your beach supplies and to help corral the kids.
We hope these ideas take the burden out of the logistics of your set-up and let you focus on making memories with your family at the beach.
If you find a wagon that you love, we’d love to hear about it in the comments! Stay safe and have fun!
Photo Credits: RadioFlyer.com