8 fun outdoor games to play with the family this year


Now that temperatures are starting to rise, many Americans are taking advantage of the great outdoors for camping, biking trips and scenic picnics in the park. But you don’t have to travel far to make the most of the good weather: with the right outdoor games, you can turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis for the whole family. Plus, with a proper collection of lawn games, you can have fun safely and socially distanced with friends and family of all ages. Whether your game of choice is cornhole or bocce, we’ve compiled a list of some top-rated outdoor games to keep you and your guests entertained.

The best outdoor games

It’s almost time for barbecues and the beach. Before summer kicks in, consider stocking up on fun outdoor games and lawn games for the whole family.

Best Classic Outdoor Game: ECR4KIDS

ECR4KIDS Giant Jumbo 4-to-Score Playset

Measuring 46 inches tall and weighing 27.5 pounds, this Connect 4-style outdoor jumbo set is an oversized version of the classic Connect 4 that can be played with two players or as a team. It comes with 42 rings (21 yellow and 21 green) and has a handy built-in game reset mechanism to clear the board. The giant game boasts an average rating of 4.8 stars from nearly 3,600 Amazon reviews.

Best Outdoor Board Game: Jenga

Giant Jenga Game

A life-size version of the classic indoor game, this giant Jenga set starts at 26 inches high and can be stacked over 5 feet high. The outdoor game is more expensive at $130, but Yard Games makes a similar Tumbling Timbers game that starts at $50 and comes in two sizes (large and giant). Both lawn games come with a carrying case for easy storage and transportation.

Best cornhole set: Triumph Sports

Triumph Sports USA 2′ by 3′ Tournament Manufactured Wood Cornhole Set

This classic cornhole set comes with two durable resin coated boards and eight 12.5 ounce throw bags – four red and four blue. It has foldable wooden legs for easy setup, and if you want to take the set to a barbecue or a day at the beach, the boards lock together with a carry handle for easy portability. The cornhole set has an average rating of 4.4 stars from over 3,100 customers on Amazon.

Best petanque game: GoSports

GoSports Backyard Petanque Set

This classic bocce set comes with eight 90 millimeter balls plus a 40 millimeter pallino to keep the game going. It also includes a measuring rope for accurate scoring and a canvas bag for easy transport to the park or the Beach. The balls – which you can buy as resin balls, LED light-up balls or, if kids under 12 are playing, soft rubber balls – use four colors and two patterns, so up to eight players can participate. The backyard bocce set has an average rating of 4.8 stars from nearly 3,000 Amazon reviews.

Best Outdoor Game for Kids: Elite Sportz

Elite Sportz Ring Toss Game

Complete with a compact carrying case, this 2.15 pound ring toss game can be played right in your backyard or taken with you on camping trips, park trips and other outdoor trips air. The game has no age limit, so every member of the family can participate. The set, which includes 10 plastic rings, five rope rings, five stakes and a two-piece base, has an average rating of 4.5 stars from nearly 6,000 Amazon reviews.

Best Beach Game: Kan Jam

Kan Jam

This high-energy outdoor game takes the ultimate frisbee to the next level. Players organize themselves into two teams of two, and these teams take turns trying to throw a Frisbee into (or near) a box. The competitive game is easy to assemble and disassemble for safe storage when you’re done playing. It sits at an average rating of 4.7 stars from over 7,100 Amazon reviews.

Best Outdoor Track Game: Spikeball

spike ball

Another game for teams of two, Spikeball is much like volleyball, except it uses a round net that you have to kick the ball out of. The set fits in a drawstring bag for effortless storage and travel. The standing net has foldable legs that are designed to be more durable and harder to break during intense play. Spikeball has a 4.7 star rating from nearly 10,500 Amazon buyers.

Best Outdoor Game for Groups: Franklin Sports

Franklin Sports Fun 5 Combo Set

This outdoor playset includes the basic hardware for playing volleyball, badminton, flip toss, ring toss, and frisbee. (Another version of the set comes with horseshoes instead of throwing rings.) If you throw a lot of big barbecues during the summer, this collection can entertain guests and provide activities for them. It has an average rating of 4.1 stars from nearly 3,000 Amazon reviews.

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