The Best Lawn Games to Amp Up the Fun This Summer

Whether you're playing on grass, sand or water, stock up for summer with these 10 guaranteed-to-entertain outdoor games.

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May 18, 2021

Bring on the warm weather, the sunshine and the games. With the sun setting later and kids out of school, it's time to embrace every outside moment we can. Lawn games are the perfect way to get everyone away from screens and into the great outdoors, enjoying fun with friends and family.

When it comes to the best outdoor games, it's easy to find something for everyone. Whether it's favorite indoor games that have been supersized or classic ones that have stood the test of time, we've gathered a list of the best lawn games to entertain everyone this season.

Best Jumbo Outdoor Game

Seize the chance to make a game bigger and better when you take it outdoors. Bring the entertainment of the alley to your backyard with this inflatable bowling set that both young and old will enjoy. No need to stick to the typical bowling rules — roll, kick or throw your way to a strike.

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Best Outdoor Game for the Beach


Spikeball is a blast anywhere, but particularly on the beach, where sand makes for a softer landing when your competitive side comes out. The two-on-two sport is easy to learn and play anywhere. The foldable legs make it easy to tote to the shore and store away when done.

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Best Outdoor Game for Families


A childhood favorite now comes giant-sized for outdoor play. In teams or one-on-one, get four in a row to win. My family bought this years ago and pulls it out for lazy summer days, as well as parties. It's easy to assemble, and everyone from the youngest cousins to grandparents get a kick out of it.

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Best Twist on a Classic Outdoor Game


Supersized balls and wickets take traditional croquet to the next level and also make it easier for little ones to join in on the game. Make the course as easy or as hard as you want by adjusting the spacing.

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Best Outdoor Game for Groups


With multiple game variations, Yard Pong is the ultimate in outdoor recreation. The included travel bag makes it easy to tote anywhere you venture this summer. Simply weigh the buckets down with water, sand or bean bags, and challenge your group to a toss-off.

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Best Outdoor Game of Suspense


Try not to be the one that pulls the crashing block! Made from sustainably sourced New Zealand pine, the 56 wooden blocks stack up to 19 levels high and can grow to more than five feet tall while playing. The whole set packs up easily in a zippered tote.

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Most Versatile Outdoor Game


With everything you need to play more than 20 dice games, this all-in-one collection will never get old. Polished and sealed, the dice are weather- and water-resistant so you can cart them to the lake, beach, park or backyard.

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Best Pool Game


We couldn't leave all the fun games for the grass. Float this game board and your Xs and Os to score three in a row. The set is made of heavy-duty vinyl, so that it can be played in the pool, on the beach or on the lawn.

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Best Table-to-Yard Outdoor Game

Whether you love a game of Chickenfoot, Mexican Train, Spinner or traditional Dominoes, this large-scale set brings the tabletop game outdoors. The solid wood dominoes have a rich natural finish and allow you to play out in the sunshine rather than cooped up inside.

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Best Outdoor Game for a Challenge


Designed to be safe and durable, this ladder ball set is made from reinforced high-impact plastic so that it can handle hours of outdoor play. Additionally, the rubber bolas have the look of golf balls but are softer so that no one gets hurt.

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