What are Beach Wagons?

The newest addition to the world of outdoor toys is the beach wagon. They provide youngsters with a fun and practical way to take their toys, snacks, and other necessities off-road. They’re great for trips to the beach, park, and other outdoor locations. Beach wagons have become increasingly popular among beach-goers in recent years, and for good reason. These versatile wagons make it easy to transport all your beach gear across the sand, while also providing a range of other useful features.

One of the most important features of a beach wagon is its large tires, which are designed to roll easily on sand and other uneven surfaces. These all-terrain wheels are typically wider and thicker than regular wagon wheels, providing the necessary traction to carry heavy loads over the sand. This makes it much easier to transport beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, and other bulky items to your favorite spot on the beach.

Read: The Best Beach Wagons For Soft Sand

Beach Wagons: Pros

  • All-terrain wheels deliver capable and comfortable ride off-road
  • Heavy-duty craftsmanship and large carrying capacity
  • Lots of accessories and options available
  • Longevity – will last generations if stored properly

Beach Wagons: Cons

  • Weight – heavy wagons typically so consider how you will transport (and who will load)
  • Cost – Premium quality comes with a price
  • Size – Bulky size means you’ll need to think about transportation vehicle

Another popular feature of many beach wagons is a shade canopy. These canopies provide much-needed protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, making it possible to enjoy a day at the beach without getting sunburned. Some wagons even come with cushions or padded seats, making them even more comfortable for lounging on the beach.

In addition to shade and comfort, beach wagons also offer ample storage space. Many wagons feature multiple compartments and pockets, providing plenty of room for towels, sunscreen, snacks, and other beach essentials. This can help you stay organized and avoid the hassle of carrying multiple bags and coolers to the beach.

Top Radio Flyer All Terrain Beach Wagons

Another key feature of beach wagons is their large weight capacity. Most wagons can carry up to 150 pounds or more, making it possible to transport everything you need for a day at the beach in one trip. This can save you time and energy, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the sand and surf.

Finally, many beach wagons come with built-in drink holders, which provide a convenient place to keep your beverages and prevent spills. This is especially important when you’re dealing with sandy and uneven terrain, where it’s easy to tip over a drink.

Overall, beach wagons have become popular among beach-goers for their convenience, comfort, and practicality. With their large tires, shade canopies, ample storage space, and drink holders, they offer a range of features that make them an essential accessory for anyone who loves spending time at the beach.

Berlin Flyer All Terrain Beach Wagon Pink All Terrain Wagon

All Terrain Beach Wagons with big knobby tires to tackle the sand.


What to look for in a Beach Wagon

Look for the widest tires possible and powder-coated metal or aluminum. The salt air will destroy these wagons if you leave them out all season so cover and store them out of the elements (and varnish wood/WD-40 metal parts periodically). Models include 4-wheel wagons as well as 2-wheel rolling beach carts, depending on your needs. [Learn more about the best beach wagons for soft sand in our recent blog]


It doesn’t cost a fortune to own an all-terrain wagon that tackles the sand with ease. All the products selected here by our team are among the most affordable units that find a balance between materials and price.


Your beach cart should last you a long time if effort is taken to store and care for it properly . Hosing off and drying the wagons after a trip to the beach will go a long way – the salt air permeates through the fabrics, wood and metal and you’ll eventually see rust and wear if you don’t take care of it. A light spray of WD-40 (or other light lubricant spray) will help metal parts keep the rust away.


The main purpose of a beach wagon is to transport equipment, people and food over rough terrain.  Some of these carts will fold and collapse while the heavier duty wood beach wagons will not. Depending on your needs and vehicle types you’ll need to weigh the advantages of a lighter folding model, versus a heavier-duty and heavy wagon.


The competition in the beach cart market has led manufacturers to create additional features to make your day at the beach more fun and tolerable. Examples include wagons with side tables, shade umbrellas , coolers, cup holders, portable utility trays, cushions and tons of other fun add-on wagon accessories.

The Bottom Line

If you’re serious about camping, the outdoors or the beach, and you have room in the car – go big. Aside from it’s huge size and weight, we love these monster-sized beach wagons. If you can’t deal with the size, we also have some other folding beach carts with wide tires.