Here is a list of some of our favorite beach toys for kiddos. We gravitate to unique, high-quality toys that inspire creativity. Some of these toys are classics, and some add a twist.

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Quut Alto

Quut makes high-quality, fun, educational toys. The Alto is a set of three stacking molds. Separate the molds and pack them with sand, then stack them on top of each other to make a three-tiered tower. This is the kind of durable, simple toy that kids love to experiment with. They will find several uses (we’ve seen them turn into hats!).

Quut Triplet

Quut Triplet

Another favorite from Quut is the Triplet beach toy. It’s a rake. It’s a scoop. It’s a siv. It’s a shovel. It’s a funnel. All in one simple, well-designed tool. Multiple Triplet tools will stack. This unique sand tool for kids is durably made and will last several seasons. Kids can use it to dig holes, build sand castle foundations, carve moats, hunt for sand crabs, remove shells and create designs in the sand. We love the Triplet for its quality and the creative ideas it sparks.

Toysmith Sand Shovel

Toysmith Sand Shovel

There isn’t much that kids enjoy more than digging on the beach. Tiny, cheap plastic sand shovels just don’t get the job done sometimes. We like the highly-rated Toysmith Sand Shovel with wooden shaft. Available in each of the primary colors, this king of kiddie sand shovels measures 25 inches tall and features a sturdy plastic spade/handle on a wooden shaft. It floats in the surf and it’s very affordable. We think this is a pretty good option for 6-12 year olds. Remember the rules of our local beaches – all holes must be filled in before you leave the beach!

Miniland Scoop

Miniland Scoop

Need something a little smaller? Check out the Miniland Scoop. Much better than a cheap plastic kids shovel, this scoop is virtually unbreakable. It is made of thick plastic and is designed to stand up to rough play. This scoop is perfect for sand castle construction, sand crab hunting and digging for buried treasure. The Miniland scoop is 9 inches long and available in multiple colors.

Miniland Bucket

Miniland Special Bucket

Here’s another upgrade over standard, cheaply-made beach toys. Miniland makes tough products designed to last through the abuse of many beach outings. Combine this bucket with the Miniland scoop for a durable sandcastle construction set. Collect seashells, move sand, or carry water back to your spot to cool hot sand. The thick, sturdy handle is just as tough as the bucket body.

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Miniland Baby Sand Set with Bucket, Scoop, Rake and Shovel

Very small children will love this Miniland Set. This is the classic combo of bucket, scoop, rake and shovel, but produced with much higher quality. Miniland products are very durable and made with thick plastic. This tool set is made especially for tiny hands. Each tool is approximately 4 inches long, and recommended for ages 10 months and up.

Sand Castle Molds

Sand Castle Molds

Here’s another classic, must have beach toy. These durable plastic molds help create magnificent castles in the sand. Four molds are included in the set. These molds are rated at ages 2+, but we sure see a lot of adults “helping”! With the help of these molds, sand castles can be constructed more quickly, and with the right mixture of sand and water, your forms will stay crsip for hours.

Hape Sand Digger

Hape Hand Digger

For an alternative to the classic shovel or scoop, check out the Hape hand digger. This small, excavator-style bucket is durable, affordable and highly-rated.

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Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Welcome to the home of the happy oyster where for over 35 years the oyster has been our world. The Outer Banks only authentic oyster bar is the place to enjoy sensational fare from the sea washed down with your favorite brew or cocktail. We serve by the peck, pound, and dozen, raw or steamed to perfection. Kicked back casual, down to earth friendly staff, and reasonable prices make Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar the all-time favorite of locals and travelers alike.

 

The idea wasn’t to set out and establish a new concept restaurant on the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly what Awful Arthur’s owner Jo Whitehead and her late husband, Jay, accomplished more than 35 years ago when they opened the area’s first authentic oyster bar.

 

Awful Arthur’s opened in May 1984 on the Outer Banks. “We embraced the concept of an authentic copper top bar with the idea of it being a major drawing card and it still is,” explains Whitehead. “I get oysters wherever they are local. We follow the warm waters.” 

 

Just across from the ocean, in Kill Devil Hills, oyster season is year-round at Awful Arthur’s. Diners can take a seat at the copper-topped bar to observe the staff shucking oysters, served raw or steamed, along with shrimp, crab legs and clams all steamed to perfection. 

 

It’s not just the raw bar that’s earned Awful Arthur’s both local and national recognition, including being named one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living magazine. The restaurant is a seafood-lover’s paradise, offering the freshest catches available.

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