You can tell the beach is nearby. Little shops that otherwise would stock little more than drinks and chips miraculously spill forth beach accessories, mostly the kind that are bright and inflatable. A day at the beach isn't the same without a boat and we could not resist.
The boat more or less secured the happiness of a half dozen children for at least as many hours.
It seems we've purchased one such raft each year for about the past five years. It's become part of how we do summer around here.