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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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Jello Shot Topple Blocks Tiny Topplevia TediousWoodWorking/etsy.com

Tumbling Tipsy Jenga Tower

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.

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Ajj Cornhole 2 X 4 Retro Stained Poster Pyramid Solid Wood Cornhole Boardvia wayfair.com

Cornhole Set

Cornhole is easily one of the most popular outdoor party games. Get ready to work on your hand-eye coordination with this set, because tossing the beanbag into the hole is way harder than it looks.

Why it made our list: We love this set’s fun, retro design.

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Senston Badminton Rackets Including Nylonvia amazon.com

Badminton Set

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.

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L L Bean Bocce outdoor gamesvia llbean.com

Bocce Ball

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!

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outdoor games American Ninja Warrior Tug Warvia amazon.com

Tug of War

Do you remember playing Tug of War as a kid? Bring back the retro game with this heavy-duty rope. Its 12-foot length lets you play with as many as four pullers per team. Fun!

Why it made our list: It includes everything you need to get started.

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outdoor games Bunch O Balloons Crazy Recycle Balloons 8pkvia target.com

Water Balloons

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!

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Spikeball 3 Ball Set outdoor gamesvia kohls.com

Spikeball

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.

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outdoor games Kids Giant Indoor Outdoor Inflatable Bowling Game With 29 H Pins And 20 Diam Ball For Kids Hearthsongvia target.com

Lawn Bowling

Who needs a bowling alley when you can play a game outside in the grass? This lawn bowling set is perfect for any family game night.

Why it made our list: The inflatable pins and ball make for jumbo-sized fun.

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Giant 4 Connect outdoor gamesvia amazon.com

Giant Connect 4 in a Row

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.

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Golf Meets Cornhole outdoor gamesvia amazon.com

Chipping Game

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.

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outdoor games Maine Coast Croquet Setvia llbean.com

Croquet

Pick up this all-inclusive set to host a croquet tournament in your backyard. If you’ve never played before, get ready to become addicted to this classic yard game. (It’s all in the wrist!)

Why it made our list: This set has enough mallets and balls for six players!

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Ring Toss outdoor gamesvia amazon.com

Ring Toss

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.

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Supersized Pong outdoor gamesvia amazon.com

Supersized Pong

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!

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outdoor games Viva Sol Ladder Ball With Carrying Casevia wayfair.com

Ladder Golf

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!

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outdoor games Champion Sports Horseshoe Gamevia wayfair.com

Rubber Horseshoes

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.

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outdoor games Jumbo Checkers And Chessvia llbean.com

Jumbo Checkers and Chess

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!

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outdoor games Eno Outfitters Trailflyer Outdoor Seafoamvia amazon.com

Trail Flyer Toss Game

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!

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Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.
Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.
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