Our family of 4 had a blast on the beach. We figured out on our first day there (within 15 minutes of settling on a spot) that we needed a tent or large umbrella. We went to the entrance at Avenue G and rented ($25) a large umbrella (they provided a shovel which was nice). It worked well, but we actually bought a tent to use on the other days since we can see using it at home and at other times (It cost $20 at CVS). I was worried about large amounts of seaweed, but the city did a good job of keeping it under control or either the amount of seaweed dropped when we were there. We learned fun tips from those who were camped out around us. Go out to the 2nd or 3rd sandbars and dig your toes in the sand to find sand dollars. (google how to dry, bleach, and preserve them). At this same area you can dig your toes in and find hermit crabs...they will not hurt you. You will also see little holes in the sand along the water's edge on the beach. We wondered what creature lived there and the other campers showed us how to get the ghost shrimp out. Some of the souvenir shops sell a contraption that is made of PVC pipe that will dig into the wet sand, suction out the sand/water, and reveal the ghost shrimp. Sometimes we had to suction the same hole several times to get the shrimp out. We then threw the shrimp in the air and watched the seagulls dive and catch them. Some use the shrimp as bait for fishing. We brought kites, Styrofoam airplanes, balls, and lots of sandcastle building toys and they were all a hit with our 10 and 5 year olds. Bring a cooler with lots of drinks, food for meals, and snacks.
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