10 Best Lake Toys


A girl hangout out with one of her lake toys

Looking to have fun at the lake this summer? Maximize your summer fun with our 10 best lake toys. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or prefer to lounge in the sun, you’ll find a new way to spend time and make memories with your friends and family. We all deserve a little fun in the sun this summer, so make the most of your lake season by stocking up on the best lake toys for the warm months ahead.

1. Aqua Lily Pads

Kid playing on aqua lily pad

If you want the ultimate lake toy that’s enjoyed by kids and adults alike, add the Aqua Lily Pad or Maui Mat to your summer fun options. These floating mats are a fun way to enjoy the water and cool off with your family and friends. Whether you’re at the cabin or taking it on the pontoon, everyone will have fun doing tricks and jumping off the Aqua Lily Pad. Plus, you can use these floating mats as staging areas for watersports. For plenty of room to soak up the sun, shop our top pick—the Maui Mat 6’x20’.

2. Outdoor Games

People playing an outdoor game at the lake

A weekend at the lake isn't complete without a little friendly competition. An outdoor game is a great way to enjoy the sun while getting active with family and friends. Our selection of yard games features classics like bean bag toss and volleyball or newer favorites like CrossNet and Spikeball.


3. Sprinklers & Water Slides

A BigMouth inflatable sprinkler

Keep your kids cooled off and entertained while grilling or making lunch with a yard sprinkler or water slide. Our giant sprinklers from BigMouth are easy to set up—just inflate, connect a hose, and turn on the water! Plus, they are lightweight, easy-to-move, and pack down for easy storage. If you have older kids, ramp up the fun even more with a water slide!


4. Lake Floats & Water Lounges

BigMouth lake float

Stay relaxed on the water with a new lake float or water lounge this summer. Pool floats come in a variety of different designs and styles to add fun and personality to the water and make for great photo opportunities too. Plus, these fun lake floats are durable, easy to inflate, and clean, so they’ll keep you relaxed and afloat season after season. Trust us, you can never have too many floating toys for the lake!

5. Towable Tubes for Boating

People tubing behind a boat

One of the best lake toys for kids is a towable tube. This classic lake toy is great for a wild ride behind the boat or just floating near your dock. With a variety of tube sizes and styles, you’ll be able to find the best tube for every rider from kids to adults. Whether you prefer to sit or lay down as you fly across the water, SCHEELS has a tube to take your summer fun to a new level.

6. Wakesurf Boards

A man riding a wakesurf board at the lake

If you enjoy staying active on the water and are looking for a cool lake toy, we recommend trying out wakesurfing this summer. With a new wakesurf board, you’ll be able to surf behind the boat. If you’re a beginner to wakesurfing, find the right style of board by reading our How to Choose a Wakesurf Board blog. Our top wakesurf board pick is the Hyperlite Shim 5.3 because the shorter profile makes it easy to maneuver for air tricks and rotations for those intermediate to advanced riders.

7. Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)

A girl on a stand up paddle board

For those lake-goers who enjoy a good workout or like exploring, we recommend a stand up paddle board. Whether you’re looking to do yoga or ride around the lakeshore, a stand up paddle board, or SUP board, provides a versatile way to get some sun. Before purchasing a new paddle board or going out for the first time, read our blog Paddle Boarding for Beginners.

8. Wakeboards

guy wakeboarding at the lake

If you want to experience a fast and enjoyable ride across the water, check out our selection of wakeboards. With a variety of different shapes, SCHEELS has a wakeboard for every skill level. Whether you want to jump the wake or have a leisurely ride behind the boat, wakeboarding is a fun way for everyone to ride across the water this summer. We offer wakeboarding packages too that include a pair of wakeboarding boots so you’re able to get on the water in no time!

9. Kayaks

Kayaking at the lake

Explore new waters this summer with a kayak. The variety of lengths and designs make kayaking a great summertime activity for any age or skill level. Built for stability and comfort, kayaks are a great way to spend more time exploring, fishing, or exercising this summer. The Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak is our top pick because of its exceptional stability and comfortable seat.

10. ZUP Board

kid on a zup board

For a super fun lake toy, check out the ZUP Board, an all-in-one board that offers endless fun for beginners and experienced riders alike. On a ZUP Board, riders will have a blast as they lay, kneel, stand, surf, ride backward, or even spin 360-degrees. Plus, the non-skid EVA foam padding and molded-in side handles provide a comfortable ride. You’ll get ZUP this summer and look like a seasoned pro with the ZUP board.

No matter your reasoning for heading to the lake, make the most of this summer season with some of the best lake toys. From thrill-seekers to chill-seekers, everyone will enjoy the sunshine this summer with our 10 best lake toys. If you want to learn more about more watersports and lake gear, stop by your nearest SCHEELS and talk to one of our water sports experts!