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The 15 Best Wagons for The Beach

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Summer is here, meaning no school and plenty of time at the beach. Of course, going to the beach also means loading up all the beach gear and dragging it to the shore. One beach bag is never enough. Rather than carting around several bags, make your life easier with a wagon. Wagons can store everything you need, from food, chairs, toys, towels, and some will even cart your child!  Here are our picks for the best beach wagons.

Ranking Wagon Folds Wheel Material Holds Passengers? Weight Limit (lbs)
Best Overall MAC SPORTS WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon Yes Rubber No 150 Lbs
Best Heavy Duty Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All Terrain Utility Wagon Beach Cart Yes Plastic No 150 lbs
Best for Bulky Loads Napfox Collapsible Heavy Duty Beach Wagon Yes Plastic No 220 lbs
Best for Large Families TIMBER RIDGE Folding Double Decker Wagon Yes Plastic No 225 lbs
Best With Canopy Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon Yes Plastic Yes 150
Best for Kids Under 5 Little Folks City Wagon Cruiser Yes Foam Yes 110
Best Compact Beach Wagon My Beach Cart® NO Rust Aluminum Foldable Beach Cart Yes Polyurethane No 165
Best Splurge Beach Wagon Big Kahuna Beach Wagon No n/a No 350
Best Utility Beach Wagon Mighty Max Cart Yes Rubber No 250
Best Budget Beach Wagon Folding Collapsible Multipurpose Camp Wagon Cart Yes PVC No 225
Best Multipurpose Beach Wagon L.L.Bean Collapsible Wagon  Yes Plastic No 150
Best Basic Beach Wagon Black+Decker Collapsible Utility Wagon Yes Rubber No 176
Best Beach Wagon To Stay Organized Gorilla Carts Collapsible Utility Wagon Yes Rubber No 150
Best Beach Wagon in the Sand  Quest Beach Wagon with Sand Wheels Yes PVC and PP No 225
Best Classic Wagon for the Beach Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon No Rubber No 200

Best Beach Wagon Overall – MAC SPORTS WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon

Two views of the MAC SPORTS WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon
Amazon

Mac Sports seems to be the frontrunner when it comes to beach wagons, so it is no surprise that their WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon takes the top spot. It folds up to only eight inches wide, is easily cleaned, and can hold up to 150 lbs, with plenty of space for your beach gear. Its steel frame and 600D denier fabric ensure durability, and the included carry bag is perfect for storage when not in use. The rubber wheels make for easy gliding on the sand and any other surfaces you may encounter. With two cup holders, you’ll be all set for a day at the beach when you have this wagon! 

Pros: Easily folds and opens, roomy, easy assembly. 
Cons: Wheels can get stuck in sand if too heavy. 

Best Heavy Duty Beach Wagon – Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All Terrain Utility Wagon 

Two views of the Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All Terrain Utility Wagon
Amazon

If you want to show the world how serious you are about the beach, look no further than the Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All Terrain Utility Wagon. The giant wheels on this wagon mean that you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in the sand while you pull a full wagon. The attached mini table has two cup holders and is perfect for snacking during a day at the beach. You’ll easily be able to load up your cooler, chairs, towels, and whatever else you need for a beach day. 

Pros: Won’t sink into the sand. 
Cons: Wheels are bulky so it isn’t as compact as it could be. 

Best Beach Wagon for Bulky Loads – Napfox Collapsible Heavy Duty Beach Wagon

Two views of the Napfox Collapsible Heavy Duty Beach Wagon
Amazon

The 220 lb weight limit of the Napfox Collapsible Heavy Duty Beach Wagon means you will be able to take whatever you need to park yourself at the beach for hours. The wheels, made of plastic and covered in rubber, have a 360-degree rotation for easy maneuverability, so pulling the heavy load through the sand won’t be an issue. It folds up easily and includes a cargo net to keep your items secure as you navigate the terrain. 

Pros: Weight capacity.
Cons: Slightly bulky even when folded up. 

Best Beach Wagon for Large Families – Timber Ridge Folding Double Decker Wagon

Timber Ridge Folding Double Decker Wagon set up (left) and woman using the Timber Ridge Folding Double Decker Wagon to load up the back of her car with gear (right)
Amazon

When you really have to load up with snacks, towels, umbrellas, and the like, you’ll need something like this double-decker wagon from Timber Ridge. The bottom shelf extends out for easy storage of longer items. There is plenty of room for beach toys, food, drinks, towels- and whatever else you may need. Made with steel pipes and oversized wheels, carting your beach items around has never been easier. 

Pros: Three times as much cargo space as most beach wagons. 
Cons: The heavier it is, the harder it is to move in the sand. 

Best Beach Wagon With Canopy – Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon

Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon empty (left) and Radio Flyer Beach & Boardwalk Wagon full of beach gear (right)
Amazon

If you are looking for a beach wagon that will house both your beach supplies and your little ones, the Radio Flyer Beach and Boardwalk Wagon is for you. This product features your typical wagon functions, holding up at 150 lbs, and it also has built-in harnesses for up to two kids, (weighing up to 150 lbs total). The canopy is perfect for when kids need a break from the sun, and the smallest beachgoers can even lie down underneath for a quick snooze! One of the sides of the wagon comes down to create bench seating for kiddos, and it has a bar for easy hanging of your beach chairs. 

Pros: Great for toddlers who might get tired walking, beach chair bar. 
Cons: Not as much space if you put the kids in with the gear. 

Best Beach Wagon for Families with Kids Under 5 – Little Folks by Delta Children City Wagon Cruiser Stroller

Two views of the Little Folks by Delta Children City Wagon Cruiser Stroller
Walmart

If you’ve got kids younger than five years old, look no further than this wagon cruiser stroller by Delta Children. There are two harnesses to keep the kids safe, and the dividing, removable center console has two cup holders and pockets for storing all of the little one’s needs, plus it has a cup holder for parents as well. You can push it like a stroller, or pull it like a wagon, depending on your needs. Made with durable, weather-resistant fabric, it also comes with a removable canopy for shading. 

Pros: Plenty of storage space for small items, adjustable handle. 
Cons: Not as much space for your gear if two kids sit in it. 

Best Compact Beach Wagon – My Beach Cart® NO Rust Aluminum Foldable Beach Cart

Woman pulling the My Beach Cart® NO Rust Aluminum Foldable Beach Cart along the beach (left), the My Beach Cart® NO Rust Aluminum Foldable Beach Cart set up and empty (middle), and the My Beach Cart® NO Rust Aluminum Foldable Beach Cart full of beach gear standing alone in front of the ocean (right)
Amazon

While technically not a wagon, the My Beach Cart, albeit pricey, is exceptional when it comes to hauling your beach supplies. The 12-inch polyurethane inflatable tires will never sink into the sand, and the no-rust aluminum frame ensures this cart will be around for a long time. A zippered cargo bag perfect for towels, snacks, toys, and books is attached to the front, while the anti-slip cargo deck can hold your cooler, chairs, umbrella, and anything else you may need. Buckle straps and velcro will keep your stuff in place on the cargo deck. 

Pros: Wheels won’t get stuck like on regular beach carts. 
Cons: Pricier than most beach carts and wagons.  

Best Splurge Beach Wagon – Big Kahuna Beach Wagon-Large Solid Aluminum Deck

The empty Big Kahuna Beach Wagon-Large Solid Aluminum Deck (left) and the Big Kahuna Beach Wagon-Large Solid Aluminum Deck full of beach gear on a beach (right)
Amazon

The Big Kahuna Beach wagon is such an investment, it is probably best for anyone with a beach house who needs a wagon daily to get their gear to and from the beach. Made of aluminum, you can rest assured it will last forever, so the price might be worth it. The giant balloon wheels make for easy maneuvering, and the whopping 350 lb weight limit means you can pile everything on without worry. 

Pros: Heavy weight capacity, durability. 
Cons: Extremely expensive.

Best Utility Beach Wagon – Mighty Max Cart

Two views of the Mighty Max Cart
Amazon

This no-nonsense utility wagon will do just what it is designed to do: carry your things from one point to another without hassle. It expands, and you can choose from three sizes, 31″,  34.5″ or 38″- depending on your needs. The two levels make it easy to take whatever you need for your day at the beach including your cooler. It collapses for easy storage. 

Pros: Two levels make for more space, and are expandable. 
Cons: Bulky

Best Budget Beach Wagon – Folding Collapsible Multipurpose Camp Wagon Cart

Folding Collapsible Multipurpose Camp Wagon Cart empty (left) and Folding Collapsible Multipurpose Camp Wagon Cart collapsed to its smallest size (right)
Amazon

If you are looking for a simple beach wagon that won’t break the bank and will get your umbrella, towels, books, cooler, and snacks from the car to your spot on the sand, this folding collapsible wagon is for you. The MDF board used on the bottom of the wagon doubles as the carry wrap for easy transport and storage. The durable steel frame and polyester fabric create a sturdy wagon for all of your beach supplies. 

Pros: Folds up small for easy storage. 
Cons: If too heavy, wheels will get stuck in the sand. 

Best Multipurpose Beach Wagon – L.L.Bean Collapsible Wagon

The empty L.L.Bean Collapsible Wagon (left) and the L.L.Bean Collapsible Wagon collapsed to its smallest size with measurements displayed (right)
L.L. Bean

If you need a wagon for more than just the beach, the L.L.Bean Collapsible Wagon is a great choice. Made from 600D polyester with PE coating with a coated steel frame, this collapsible wagon will make many events in your life easier—from beachgoing to sporting events and everything in between. The oversized wheels are ideal for rolling along in the beach, as well as over rough, rocky terrain, grass, and pavement. The extendable pull handle and easy pop up make using this wagon a breeze. 

Pros: All-terrain wheels.
Cons: May be hard to fold back up into the carrying bag. 

Best Basic Wagon for the Beach – BLACK+DECKER Utility Wagon

EmptyBLACK+DECKER Utility Wagon (left) and front view of the BLACK+DECKER Utility Wagon demonstrating the mobility of the adjustable handle (right)
Amazon

The Black + Decker Utility Wagon is a basic, practical wagon for your beach-going needs. The all-terrain wheels make it easy to push or pull in the sand. It has pockets for water bottles, and the telescoping handle allows you to set it to pull the wagon or push it. It features a velcro pocket on the back for storage of smaller must-have items like sunscreen, sunglasses, and your phone. 

Pros: Storage pocket, roomy interior. 
Cons: Small wheels may get stuck in the sand. 

Best Beach Wagon to Stay Organized – Gorilla Carts Collapsible Utility Wagon

Set up and empty Gorilla Carts Collapsible Utility Wagon (left) and the Gorilla Carts Collapsible Utility Wagon at its smallest collapsed size (left)
Target

This collapsible utility wagon from Gorilla Carts is the ultimate beach wagon if you want a place for everything and everything in its place. It’s expandable, has outer mesh pockets, and zippered inner pockets to hold everything you need for a beach day. This, added to the 7-cubic-foot main compartment and four cup holders takes the stress out of figuring out how to haul everything you need. 

Pros: Expandable outer area to easily hold odd-shaped items. 
Cons: Smaller wheels may sink into the sand. 

Best Beach Wagon in the Sand – Quest Beach Wagon with Sand Wheels

Two views of the Quest Beach Wagon with Sand Wheels, one empty (left) and one full of beach gear (right)
Dick's Sporting Goods

You won’t be messing around with this wagon with sand wheels from Quest. Serious beach goers will love the large balloon wheels with a 360-degree turn in the front, making navigating the soft sand seamless. There are plenty of pockets and XL cupholders to hold larger water bottles, and the long handle allows for easier steering. 

Pros: Balloon wheels will not sink into sand. 
Cons: Bulky when folded up. 

Best Classic Wagon for Beach – Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon

Two views of the Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon
Amazon

If the folding fabric wagons aren’t for you, and you’d rather have a more traditional-looking wagon, try the Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon. It looks like a classic wagon but has 10” all-terrain rubber air tires. The sides are removable so you can easily fit anything that needs a little more length, and the 200-pound weight limit means it will support all of the beach items you need. 

Pros: Removable sides to fit awkward-fitting items.
Cons: Does not fold up. 

FAQ About Beach Wagons

What is the best wagon for the beach? 

While there are a lot of great choices out there, the Mac Sports WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon takes our top spot. Durable, roomy, and easy to handle, this wagon covers all the basics that make a great wagon for the beach. Coming in at a close second are the Quest Beach Wagon with Sand Wheels and the Timber Ridge Folding Double Decker Wagon—both provide the space and durability needed for a beach wagon, with the wheels on the Quest wagon proving unbeatable in the sand, and the double-decker feature of the Timber Ridge wagon ensuring you can bring all of the gear you need and more. 

What is the best beach wagon for me? 

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a wagon for the beach. They include: 

Would you rather have a push cart?  

Wagons are great for the beach because they fit more than a bag or a push cart, however, they do take up more space in your car and when storing at home. If size doesn’t matter, then go for a wagon. 

Where will you be pulling your beach wagon?  

If there is a long boardwalk before you get to the sand, and you don’t plan on walking far to plunk down your beach blanket, then a wagon with regular wheels like the The Black + Decker Utility Wagon will suit you just fine. However, if you plan on pulling your wagon along the sand for a considerable distance, then choose something with bigger wheels like the Big Kahuna Beach wagon or Napfox Collapsible Heavy Duty Beach Wagon

Can my kids sit in the wagon too?  

While children certainly can sit in wagons, if you want to pull them along in the wagon, you should get a wagon that is equipped with harnesses to keep your little ones safe as they ride. This wagon cruiser stroller from Delta Children will do the trick! 

How much do you want to spend?  

Believe it or not, there are varying price points with wagons for the beach. A budget option like this folding collapsible wagon can cost around $50, while midrange wagons like this one will cost you around $100-200, and a more “luxury” wagon like this can cost over $500 and makes the most sense for people who live near the beach or have a beach house.  

Is a beach wagon worth it?

If you are planning on spending a long time at the beach, you’ll likely have a lot of gear you will have to bring with you. A wagon is the best way to carry all the stuff you need without having to go back and forth to the car. 

Are plastic or rubber wheels better for sand?

The material of the wheels really doesn’t make much of a difference when it comes to sinking in the sand- what makes the difference is the width. You want a larger, thicker wheel that is more likely to stay on top of the sand no matter how much you pack your wagon. If you don’t plan on walking far on the beach, the tires won’t matter too much. 

What to Look for in a Beach Wagon 

Capacity 

Most wagons are similar in size, but be sure to look at how big the main compartment is, so you can be sure all of your things will fit in it. 

Maneuverability  

You want to see how easily will the wagon move in the sand? The size of the wheels will make a difference, and if you want something easy to steer, make sure they move 360 degrees. 

Storage Size 

Depending on where you plan on storing your wagon, figuring out how big it is when folded up (or if it doesn’t fold up at all) is important. If you have minimal storage space, then finding a wagon that is compact enough to work is key. If storage space is no object, then get whatever wagon you want to fit your carrying needs. 

Weight Limit

If you are going to be hauling a full cooler, umbrella, and all of the other equipment you need, you should also consider the weight limit of the wagon. Most wagon’s weight capacity is about 150 lbs, with some up to 250 and some as low as 110. 

Special Features

Consider what features you want in your wagon – are cup holders a must? Is an umbrella holder on your list of must-haves? Do you want something that expands, or that has a canopy or harnesses for passengers? Think about what features you want before you buy. 

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