The Best Games, Movies & Activities For Your Beach Vacation

The Best Games, Movies & Activities For Your Beach Vacation

Vacation is all about fun. 

Today we are going to give you some great ideas to make the most of your Topsail Island beach vacation! Beach-y movies, simple games, and crowd-pleasing activities all join forces, whether you are looking for ways to pass the time on a rainy day in your vacation rental or get out and explore everything Topsail Island has to offer. 

Not on vacation at the moment? Try channeling these same vibes at home, complete with a picnic, fruity drink and beach music.

Now, we will explore our picks for the best games, movies and activities for your beach vacation.  


The best games to be played on a beach vacation are always age-appropriate, simple and fun.  We also love classics like Go Fish, Old Maid, Crazy 8's and even Sorry, Connect Four, Life and Clue! 

Tidal Ball Game | Ward Realty

"Played anywhere there is sand, TidalBall combines the competition of cornhole, the ease of bocce ball, and the portability of a turkey sandwich. It's a beach game for all ages, from hyper kids to adult-beverage-toting "grown-ups." The entire game is contained in a 10-ounce sand and water proof bag. The balls float, and TidalBall comes with four koozies. We need not explain the benefit of keeping your beverages cold." Buy it here

"Perfect for the park, backyard, beach or anywhere outdoors. Each paddle has a self-stick front surface and adjustable strap on the back. Players simply stand a distance apart, toss the self-stick ball, and try to catch it on their self-stick paddle. The Toss and Catch game provides a great way to develop hand-eye coordination! Great fun for all ages."  Buy it here

Pinch and Pass | Ward Realty

"The aim of the game is to call out words relating to each category and race your opponents to the 'Winner!' space. It's all about grabbing and discarding - the cards are never politely passed!" This game is fast paced and super simple, you don't even have to take turns. Best for ages 10+. Find it here

Sequence Game | Ward Realty

"Play a card from your hand, place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board…when you have five in a row, it’s a SEQUENCE. Learn to block your opponents or remove their chips, and watch out for the Jacks - they're WILD! For 2-12 players, ages 7 and up." Find it here


Keep the mood light and fun during your vacation with musicals, adventures, and quotable favorites that the whole crew will enjoy. Take into account the ages and attention span of your kids and have a relaxing night in.  

Teen Beach Movie | Ward Realty

Teen Beach Movie

It seems like a fluffy kids movie, but few adults find themselves immune to the infectious music and ridiculous plot of Teen Beach movie. Appropriate for all ages, not just teens! 

The Goonies | Ward Realty

The Goonies

This 80's classic has it all, including cool pirate stuff, adventure, and friendship. Your teen who loves Stranger Things will get a kick out of seeing "Bob" as a kid. Rated PG, but watch out for language. 

Finding Nemo | Ward Realty

Finding Nemo

So, our part of the Atlantic Ocean isn't quite as colorful and talkative as this kids film, but there is just enough humor, adventure, and heart to keep you all engaged for a few hours. 

Pirates of the Caribbean | Ward Realty

Pirates of the Caribbean

We love pirates on Topsail Island and this movie will entertain the older kids (it's rated PG-13) and adults. So put on an extra thick layer of eyeliner and settle in for a fun night with Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew! 


There is so much to do here on Topsail Island! You will have no trouble finding activities that are suitable for your family or friend group, no matter what your ages or interests. Here are a few crowd-pleasers.  

Fly a Kite | Ward Realty

The Ward Realty blog is FULL of awesome ideas, including lists of places to shop, the best restaurants, and tons of activities. Start here, with the blog Take a Break From the Beach With These Rainy Day Activities. In it you will find links to all of our best stuff to do (on those days when you aren't spending the day on the water). 

**Make sure you call ahead to make sure things are open and to see current visitor protocols. 

Go fly a kite!

Our breezy beaches and wide open shores create the perfect environment to launch a kite, especially if you are here during the off-season (fewer crowds mean you are less likely to crash your kite into someone's picnic). 

Fish off the pier

Topsail Island is famous for its fishing. Learn more about how to fish Topsail in this blog, Everything You Need to Know About Fishing Topsail This Fall

Try a Beach Craft

A quick Pinterest search will reveal hundreds of simple and fun beach crafts to try with the kids or on your own. Start with our blog, Easy Beach Crafts to Entertain Kids and Adults

Create a Scavenger Hunt

Keep the kids entertained (and learning) when you jot down items for them to discover in a simple beach scavenger hunt! You can also create one for the vacation house. Items like "pizza cutter", "seashell art" and "lizard" are usually pretty easy to find, and it will keep the kids busy for a few minutes at least? 

Visit a Park or Playground

In our previous blog we provided you with a list of Topsail Island's best parks and playgrounds. What a great way to get out and about without spending a dime. Check it out! The Fabulous Parks and Playgrounds of Topsail Island.

Ready to book a Topsail Island vacation home? It's the perfect launching pad for so many adventures, as well as the creation of quiet but important memories with your loved ones. 

The most simple activities can often lay the groundwork for building relationships and happy stories for years to come. 

Come play with us! 

Read our blog for a million more ideas

The Best Games, Movies & Activities For Your Beach Vacation

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