Three Lake Toys that Will Keep Kids Happy and Safe on the Lake

A day at the local watering hole gets even better with the right accessories.

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Hitting the lake? Keep the kids entertained and protected with the right gear.Shutterstock

Going to the lake can be a relaxing time, yet any parent knows it’s not less worrying to see kids out there without something to climb onto. Fortunately, there are plenty of lake toys that allow kids to have fun while giving them a little extra safety.

Island hopper

Your Own Floating Base

Safety always comes first, but then a lot of fun comes second.Amazon

Check the safety features first. Any lake toy should be easy for kids to climb onto, with platforms and ladders. There should be anchor points you can easily attach safety cables to, so the toy does drift of, or can be lashed to a pier or dock if you’re spending more than one day on the lake. And there should be handholds and other grips to make it easier for practicing swimmers to get some stability.

water slide

Bring Your Own Water Slide

You can never have too many handles so kids can easily climb back on.Amazon

Look for a lake toy with a large area. While any lake toy can be overwhelmed if enough kids crawl onto it, the more space there is to play and bounce, the happier everyone will be. Remember that most kids will have the goal of bouncing off the trampoline into the water, so extra features like built-in waterslides are a nice bonus as well.

water boat

It’s Not Always about Splashing

Don’t feel like getting wet? Have fun on the shore with an amphibious toy that does the splashing for you.Amazon

Don’t forget there’s more than one way to enjoy the lake, though. For example, RC vehicles like boats and amphibious vehicles can be a lot of fun, especially on days when the water’s too cold to get in, or the sun is covered, but the day is warm enough to hang out near the lake. Just remember to check the batteries, as if an RC car loses power on the water, it may be gone for good.