17 Outdoor Games to Play This Summer
Who's ready to play? These outdoor games are the perfect addition to backyard barbecues, picnics and beach days.
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This tumbling block tower has a dozen pieces that secretly hold Jell-O shots! This is the perfect outdoor game for adults, but it can be easily adapted for a family to play—just omit the vodka and the Jell-O cups become a refreshing mid-game treat. Looking for more party inspiration? Here are some tips on how to host a backyard bash.
Why it made our list: This giant Jenga tower stacks over five feet tall for tons of fun.
If you want to get competitive, you’ll need a net to play badminton. But it’s just as fun to hit the shuttlecock back and forth in the grass! This badminton set is portable enough to bring anywhere, from picnicking at the park to enjoying a day at beach.
Why it made our list: This set includes two durable badminton bags that make the game easy to transport and store.
Bocce is one of those games that’s great for family gatherings, regardless of whether or not you’ve played before. This colorful set is the perfect addition to any picnic. The rules are easy enough to learn, so anyone can jump right into playing this classic game in no time.
Why it made our list: This bocce set includes a carrying case that you can monogram with your family name!
Play the ultimate game of tag with water balloons or organize a classic water balloon toss. They’re perfect for cooling down on hot, summer days. And these balloons are made with recycled plastic.
Why it made our list: This pack comes with 265 balloons for hours of fun. And the best part? They’re quick-fill and self-sealing!
This four-person team game will have your entire party cheering. Think volleyball-meets-trampoline! And while it might look intimidating, playing is easier than you think. It’s a fun way to get a little exercise while enjoying the great outdoors.
Why it made our list: It easily breaks down to fit into one, convenient bag for carrying.
This life-sized version of Connect 4 is a must for your family’s collection of outdoor games. The board folds down to fit inside the carrying case, and all the game pieces fit inside the zippered pockets.
Why it made our list: You can easily set it up in just minutes and it’s fun for all ages.
Golf meets cornhole in this fun outdoor game. Set up your Chippo boards on the beach or in the backyard for hours of fun! Use the chipping mats to putt your ball into the hole and earn points for every shot.
Why it made our list: The boards include storage compartments and the legs fold down to make transportation easier.
Ring Toss is the perfect game for kids. The rules are simple and straightforward, and it only takes a few practice rounds to get the hang of it.
Why it made our list: We love that it packs up for easy transportation and storage.
If you’ve ever played beer pong at a party, you’ll have a blast with this supersized version. The cups are collapsible and the ball inflates, so it’s easy to pack and even easier to set up, whether you’re at the beach or in the backyard.
Why it made our list: You have the choice to omit the alcohol and make it kid-friendly, too!
Test your hand-eye coordination by tossing bolas at your next backyard barbecue. This set is constructed from wood, so it’s sturdier than the plastic versions. Plus, there’s even bottle openers built into the side!
Why it made our list: The colors are as pretty as can be!
You don’t have to permanently install a horseshoe pit in the backyard to enjoy this classic game. Take this set with you everywhere for fun on the go.
Why it made our list: Because the set is rubber, there’s even the option for indoor play if your party gets rained out.
Few games are as classic as checkers and chess, but this set takes it up a notch. Set up this jumbo set on the lawn or even on the porch. Just don’t get stuck with a checkmate!
Why it made our list: You get two games in one!
It’s not always possible to lug a wooden cornhole board to your picnic, tailgate party or campout. This portable game can be set up in just seconds, providing play for two to four people. Plus, its weatherproof so you can leave it up at the campground the entire weekend.
Why it made our list: It’s eco-conscious as well. The discs are made from recycled plastic bottles!