Fun Rafts, Kayaks and Paddleboards for Endless Summer Fun

Do you like to hang out at the lake, pond or pool in the summer? I do! I live in an area that is very rainy and dreary throughout the fall, winter and most of spring. By the time that summer rolls around, I am really wanting to experience all of the sunshine and warmth that I can. Seriously, I cannot get enough of it. 

A couple of years ago, we ordered a couple of inflatable kayaks from Amazon and we have literally had hours upon hours of summer fun with them. I would venture to say that it is pretty close to the best $150ish dollars we have ever spent on activities. It’s been amazing and to my surprise, it has been great for growing our relationships with our kids. We all love the time spent together. 

Fun Rafts, Kayaks and Paddleboards for Endless Summer Fun


A few years after we bought the kayaks, I happened to spot an amazing deal on Facebook Marketplace on a paddleboard and jumped at the chance to give this new hobby a chance and oh my gosh it has been an absolute blast (We have since bought our second one to be honest). 

If you are looking for a way for your family to have fun together this summer while staying cool, check out these fun rafts, kayaks and paddleboards that you can get at Amazon.

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak – This was the kayak that got it started for us. We are actually on year 4 of owning them and still not a single issue has come from them. No leaks at all! Keep your eye on the price on this one. It’s over $100 (at the time of this post), but we bought it for $70 and I know the price often drops as we get close to summer.

Intex Challenger Kayak Inflatable Set with Aluminum Oars – I have no personal experience with this one, but it has great reviews and is the same company as the ones that we own. If you are looking for a kayak that you can use solo, this looks like a great one.

Intex Explorer Inflatable Boat – This little raft is incredibly budget friendly and is meant for only pools or a still pond. Do not take this one onto any moving water, but it can still be lots of fun!

Intex Seahawk Inflatable Boat Series – This one is a little sturdier and great for going fishing or hanging out on the lake. Check out the reviews here, you might be surprised to see how great they are!

Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board – If you have never been on a paddleboard before, prepare for it to be a whole new experience. Trust me though, it is so much fun! I have two teens and both of them absolutely love paddleboarding. It’s a bit hit with the younger crowd.

Oh, and whether you and the others in your family are good swimmers or not, wear a life jacket. There is simply no reason to put yourselves at risk out there, when there are countless life jackets available to us (some of which are pretty cool looking too). Just have fun and stay safe.


Baby and Toddler Life Jackets

Kids’ Life Jackets

Women’s Life Jackets

Men’s Life Jackets