During the summer months, going to the pool is guaranteed to be a refreshing break from the potentially overwhelming heat. It also poses a great opportunity to have some well deserved fun, but when talking about best entertainment on water during the summer, nothing gets close to the beach or the lake in terms of fun. Pools can be way too crowded and are controlled environments that don’t offer the same possibilities that open water does. If you want to get the full potential out of your summer, then you definitely need to consider a trip to the lake or the beach, and make sure to bring along at least one of the things listed below.

Inflatable boats

Inflatable boats of all kinds are a certain way to get all your family or friends entertained while out at the lake or the beach. Pump some air into that inflatable kayak, banana boat, or paddle board, and spend some time sailing around. Boats are a great way to exercise while having fun and also a safe way to go into deeper waters. People around you are sure to notice you brought along a boat and who knows, you might even make a friend or two who want to join you for a ride!

Waterproof speakers

Music makes everything better, and it wasn’t until recently that we could stop worrying about damaging our electronics like smartphones and MP3s. These devices are now waterproof and internationally certified, so the next natural step was to bring these safety features to speakers. Portable speakers of all sizes are now available from many different retailers, and they are all safe to bring along with you into the water. Be careful though, you need to keep in mind that most of these won’t withstand being submerged too deep nor for extended periods of time.

Volleyball ball

A good old volleyball ball is another great way to keep large groups of people entertained and even make some friends. There are plenty of games you can play and you don’t necessarily need a net to play in teams. Play 1 vs 1, in pairs, or just in large groups of people passing the ball to see how long you can keep it off the ground. If you want to get creative and competitive, organize your own open tournament and welcome everyone at the lake or the beach to participate!

Books and e-readers

For those who look forward to these rare moments of leisure and all they want to do is have some peace and quiet for themselves, a book or an e-reader loaded with content of their choice is perhaps the greatest form of entertainment imaginable. Hundreds or thousands of pages filled with the most amazing stories, characters, and worlds, all within your reach on a sunny day. It doesn’t get any better than that, and reading while basking in the sun or enjoying the sea breeze under the shade of an umbrella is something you don’t get to experience that often.