Summer is the season of trips, which means, for parents, it’s the season of carrying a lot of stuff everywhere you go. Oh you’re going to the beach? Don’t forget the umbrella. Or the floats. No, not those floats. Those floats. Or the cooler, blanket, lotion, shade, tarp, and 1,405,674 other things. What you need to wrangle all this stuff, then, is a beach wagon — a four-wheeled cart capable of hauling a sizable load over a variety of terrain. While not all are intended for carrying kids (some are), all serve as mobile command centers that can stow a bunch of gear and transport it to the park, beach, or wherever the season takes you.
This rugged utility wagon, a Fatherly Favorite, can morph from a two-kid stroller into a cargo hauling beach trailer in no time, thanks to its innovative design and sturdy build. The airplane-grade aluminum frame sits atop airless pneumatic tires which are guided by a large, locking handle that acts as a steering guide while you push or pull. The built-in seating features a three-point safety harness, perfect for passengers less than 55 lbs., and the customizable options include everything from a sun canopy to a storage basket to a bug shield. The only thing it doesn’t do, sadly, is come in adult sizes.
Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon
A beloved choice, this gear hauler opens and closes so quickly you’d think it was a Spirit Halloween Store. It has a 150 pound capacity, which is great for hauling camping gear, beach toys, gardening tools, while the integrated carrying bag makes sure you’ll keep this wagon safe and clean for as long as you’ve got stuff to pull. When folded, it’s only 8” thick, sp you can easily store it in closets or crawl spaces during the off season. $60
Little Tikes Deluxe Ride and Relax Wagon with Umbrella
With the classic look of a little red wagon, this versatile hauler features removable sides, an attached cooler, seatbelts, drink holders and bench seating. An umbrella is also included, which is perfect for sunny and rainy days, and the QuietRide wheels cut down on excess noise while you tow it along. The handles also flip underneath the body for easy, compact storage, and the 250 lb. max capacity makes this wagon one of the heaviest hitters out there.
Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon
This 3-in-1 multi-mover can act as a sturdy load hauler, a dual seating child chariot, or a relaxing stationary bench. The UV blocking canopy sits atop a durable, 4-foot frame – capable of hauling up to 150 lbs. — which features built-in cup holders, seat belts, and a telescoping handle with upright magnetic support. You can easily fold it down with one hand, so you’re free to wipe noses with the other.
Mac Sports Heavy Duty Utility Wagon
The tough, burly older brother of the previously-listed Mac Sports Wagon. The interior is structured around a heavy duty frame, and is covered by durable, 600D fabric that’s UV and mildew resistant. The adjustable handle makes transport effortless, even when you’re topping out the 150 lb. max weight capacity, and the oversized wheels make just about any terrain conquerable. Plus, they make this thing look like a monster truck, which is cool.
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