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Now that the summer months are upon us, it’s time to kick off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the grass or sand. Or maybe you are the more active type. In this case, it is the season for exciting outdoor games.
There are many ways to have fun outdoors with friends and family, but few things make people smile like a classic game of corn hole or bocce, or inflatable burritos. (Yes, really. Burritos.)
No matter what your family or friends like, there is a perfect outdoor game for you. Here are some fun garden and outdoor games that Amazon reviewers love, all rated 4 stars or higher.
Rustic Corn Hole Set
The corn hole is a tailgating tradition, especially in the Midwest. But it also makes for a fun summer backyard game that anyone can play. This 4 by 2 foot set includes a travel case and eight ottomans, and is available in a variety of veneer designs including American Flag, Soccer Field, Herringbone, and Rustic (shown).
A giant game of beer pong
Turn beer pong into a backyard game with this set of buckets and red balls that come with their own carrying case. Amazon reviewers give the set a 4.7-star rating, saying the game performs well at the beach. Tip: put some sand in the buckets to prevent them from spilling during the game.
Large indoor / outdoor chess set
Here’s a smart idea: teach kids about timeless chess with an oversized set designed for indoor / outdoor play. This set, from Matty’s Toy Stop, includes a 4 foot by 3 foot play mat with grass anchors and 3.5 to 6 inch plastic chess pieces. You can find even bigger chess sets there (this The 25-inch-tall exterior package costs $ 419 on Amazon), but the smaller size of this particular set makes it much easier to transport to the beach or to grandma’s house.
Amazon Basics Ladder Throwing Game
Ladder Throwing is another classic backyard game that’s easy to learn but hard to master. Score points by throwing bolos at the rungs of sturdy PVC ladders. Amazon reviewers love this budget bundle from Amazon Basics – it currently has a 4.7 star rating and includes a handy carrying case.
Amazon Basics Petanque Ball Set
Popular in Europe and the United States, bocce is a fun outdoor sport that anyone can play. Simply roll the ball closer to the target than your opponent to score points. This no-frills set from Amazon Basics includes everything you need to start a game: four weighted red balls, four weighted green balls, and one white pallino ball (target), plus a carrying case to take it anywhere.
Launch Lancer Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition
For the uninitiated, Throw Throw Burrito (by the people who brought you the Exploding Kittens card game, $ 20) is a hilarious and fun mix of a card game and dodge ball. Match the giant water resistant playing cards, then when the time is right, toss one of the two included 3ft tall inflatable burritos at your opponent before they throw one at you. Yes really.
ArmoGear laser tag set
Instead of the usual backyard games, why not put together something a little different – an epic laser tag game, maybe? This set includes four AAA battery powered laser guns (150ft range) and four AAA battery powered target vests. Several sets can be combined to create a game for the whole neighborhood.
Happiest Treasure Hunt Cards
Here is a way to occupy young children outside when they cannot participate in the games of the older ones: form, weight, touch). Amazon reviewers give the game 4.4 stars, saying it’s a good way to keep young children entertained during nature walks and car rides.
Putt croquet set
Build your own miniature golf course with this GoSports set. There’s no need to dig the backyard and add holes – this set includes four colorful golf balls and nine numbered gates for throwing the balls. Note that this 4.6 star rated set does not include a putter, but you can purchase a set of two mini-golf putters on Amazon for $ 27 if you don’t already have them.