Which outdoor game is most popular?

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  • Outdoor games are a great way to gather in your backyard for some fun.
  • We rounded up the best outdoor games for all ages to play.
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Although summer is officially over, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. Barbecues and family gatherings are great opportunities to bond over a variety of outdoor activities to play with each other.

Whether you're in your own backyard or on a day trip to the beach, we've rounded up 25 of the best outdoor games, from badminton and bocce to mini-golf and giant Jenga.

Here are the best outdoor games of 2021:


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When you tire of volleyball, give Spikeball a try, especially on beach trips. Instead of hitting a ball over a net, this game revolves around a miniature netted trampoline that you bounce a ball into.

Spikeball Combo Game$64.99 from Amazon$69.99 from Dick's Sporting Goods



Cornhole is a classic outdoor game that only requires a board and bean bags to toss as you test your aim and try to get them on the board. It makes for a perfect activity to bring to the beach or to a tailgate.

GoSports Bamboo Cornhole Toss Game Set$139.99 from Amazon

GoSports PVC Cornhole Board with Carrying Case$39.99 from Wayfair

Hey! Play! Cornhole Boards and Bags Set$105.99 from Target

Outdoor board games


These large-sized versions of popular board games bring the fun from the coffee table to the backyard. Some also make great conversation pieces during outdoor parties, too.

Yard Games Large Tumbling Timbers$49.99 from Amazon

SWOOC Games 2-in-1 Giant Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Game$39.99 from Amazon

Exploding Kittens Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition$29.99 from Amazon

Jenga Giant JS7$118.50 from Amazon

Tossing games


Tossing games seem basic, but they're fun and usually small and travel-friendly to store in a reusable bag or backpack.

Triumph Sports USA Quoit Set Washer and Ring Toss$25.98 from WayfairOriginally $29.99Save 13%

Ayeboovi Toss and Catch Game$14.86 from Amazon

Pressman Bean Bag Toss$10.89 from WalmartOriginally $14.99Save 27%

Mini golf

Yard Games

If you want the mini-golf experience in the comfort of your own home, PutterBall is the way to go. The felt-lined mat, along with two putters, four golf balls, and six turf hole covers, make it a game that's also portable to bring to a friend's backyard or a nearby park.

If you'd rather go to a driving range, check out our guides to the best golf clubs for all skill levels, golf balls, and golf gloves.

Hey! Play! 10 Pieces Toddler Toy Golf Set$24.93 from WayfairOriginally $69.99Save 64%

Putter Pong Putting Game with Putter and Golf Mat$129.99 from Yard Games



Croquet is one of the best ways to pass time at a barbecue. There are endless ways to arrange wickets and end posts to make a game easier or challenging.

Juegoal Six Player Deluxe Croquet Set$44.99 from Amazon

GoSports Six Player Croquet Set for Adults & Kids$51.44 from Amazon



A horseshoe set is always a fan-favorite game to play in a grassy area or on the beach. Plus, a set of horseshoes is easy to carry around in a case and portable for traveling.

L.L.Bean Horseshoes$99.00 from L.L. Bean

Franklin Sports Horseshoe Set$38.09 from Amazon


Bocce Ronnie Kaufman/Getty Images

Bocce is one of the more engaging and team-focused outdoor games. It's not as commonly played as some others in this guide, but once you get started, you'll want to play all day.

GAMELAND Bocce Ball Set$37.99 from Amazon

Net games, like volleyball and badminton

Grass volleyball at Golden Gate Park.Lily Li

When you have a wide grass field or yards of sand for an outdoor game, put up a portable net for an impromptu game of volleyball. If you don't like to bump and serve with your hands, badminton offers a similar experience with a lightweight racket and birdie.

Wilson Soft Play Outdoor Volleyball$8.97 from WalmartOriginally $12.99Save 31%

Boulder Sports Portable Net$59.99 from Amazon


Kan Jam

KanJam is a great game to bring to the beach and play on the sand. Simply gather a team outside and try to get the frisbee into the cans. You'll soon have many people wanting to join in on the fun.

Kan Jam Portable Disc Slam Outdoor Game$39.99 from Dick's Sporting Goods$39.98 from Amazon



This game immediately brings back memories of cruise ship days, except this one is played on a driveway. All you need are the two cue sticks, pucks, and sidewalk chalk. Think of it as outdoor hockey, but with a twist.

GoSports Driveway Shuffleboard Game Set$49.98 from Amazon

Capture the flag


Capture the flag is a game you probably haven't played since middle school, but it's a low-impact, football-like activity you can play with kids and adults.

Starlux Games Capture the Flag REDUX$49.90 from Amazon$49.90 from Walmart

PRIMED Flag Football Set$24.99 from Dick's Sporting Goods

Flying disc or frisbee

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Better known as a frisbee, this is a great toy for playing catch with your dog or tossing around with your friends. If throwing a disc around seems tame, challenge them to a competitive game of Ultimate.

Dynamic Discs Prime Frisbee Set (set of 5)$49.99 from Amazon

Jump rope


I used to jump for hours on my driveway when I was young, and it's a great way to double-dutch and hop along  all while getting some exercise in. I love beaded ones because they are typically longer and the beads make you know when to jump as they hit the pavement, but braided wired ones work just as well.

Fun-Here Jump Rope for Kids (4 Pack)$8.99 from Amazon

GoxRunx Skipping Rope$11.99 from AmazonOriginally $16.99Save 29%



Fun to play with kids, this hopscotch ring set lets you set up a game anywhere  no chalk needed.

GetMovin Sports Hopscotch Ring Set$29.99 from Amazon

Yard pong


Also known as bucket ball, the game comes with three balls of different weights for beginners and pros alike. It's like beer pong, except more family-appropriate. Plus: The buckets can also be used to build sandcastles.

EP Exercise N Play Yard Pong Bucket Set$30.99 from AmazonOriginally $33.99Save 9%


Bed Bath & Beyond

Strikes, spares, and turkeys aren't limited to bowling alleys. Outdoor bowling sets are available for your next backyard get-together and are typically built from weather-resistant materials, too, so they'll last for spring and summertime.

Trademark Games Wooden Lawn Bowling Set$79.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Mark & Graham Outdoor Bowling Set$199.00 from Mark & Graham

Potato sacks


Yes, you can order potato sacks for racing outdoors, just like back in summer camp. Expect endless laughs  and some stumbles  with this simple family activity.

Franklin Potato Sack & 3 Legged Racing Kit$24.99 from Dick's Sporting Goods

Afula Toys 4-Player Potato Sack Race Set$25.99 from Amazon

Water guns


On days where the sun is out and on full blast, water gun battles are a fun way to cool down. However, if there are kids around, be very mindful as some water guns can be strong enough to cause pain or injury.

Shimfun Water Gun - 2 Pack Super Water Soaker$15.89 from Amazon

Nerf Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker Water Blaster$19.99 from Target



Bubbles are less of a game and more of something to do outside but, nevertheless, they are great for all ages.

Sun Squad Bubble Solution (4-pack)$3.00 from Target

Gazillion Bubbles Incredibubble Wand$12.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

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