17 Best Outdoor Games 2021
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Since the weather is just about nice enough to socialize outside, it might be nice to mix up your next outdoor gather with an outdoor-appropriate game (instead of a walk for the umpteenth time). And while weâve written about a lot of games you can play â including the best two-player board games and the best board games for families â here, weâve rounded up the best outdoor games, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
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âSpikeball is one of the greatest lawn games ever invented,â asserts one reviewer, listing the reasons. âIt is easy to carry with you, easy to setup, and is an easy game for anyone to pick up on quickly.â âFunâ is a word used in hundreds of reviews, and the general consensus is that this is a game for all ages. âWeâve played with 5 years old to 65 years oldâ¦even a pregnant mom,â one reviewer writes. As one reviewer describes it, âItâs essentially volleyball, but instead of the ball going over the net, once it HITS the net the other team takes service.â Thatâs why several reviewers say itâs a great form of cardio. Many also love how easy it is to take this game wherever the party is going. âWe really enjoy playing this game in the grass, on the beach, while camping, and more,â one reviewer says, adding âyou do need a pretty large, open area in order to play, but everything assembles and disassembles easily and quickly so itâs easy to transport!â
Whether youâve spent the last several months in self-isolation mastering checkers or youâre teaching it to someone for the first time, you can take it outside with this giant kit. One reviewer says that the larger-than-usual ârug size checkerboardâ is ideal for âteaching young children the game indoors or on the beach.â Another appreciates that they can take the machine-washable rug and plastic pieces âto the river, no worry about it getting wet.â A handful even mention that itâs made outdoor, socially distanced gatherings more enjoyable. One reviewer bought this to play outdoors with her sister and says the large rug helps them ânot be close to each otherâ while still spending time together. Another says this was a âbig hitâ at an outdoor party: âPeople lined up to play the winner of the last game and what I really like about this game is that you can also turn it over and play tic tac toe. Well worth the money spent,â they write, echoing the sentiment of others who appreciate this gameâs under-$20 price tag.
âThis Cornhole PRO bean bag toss game set is what Iâd classify as the Cadillac of corn hole boards,â writes one reviewer. Quality is a word that comes up in dozens of reviews, and many also like that these foldable boards are easy to transport, especially compared to the classic wooden kind. âIâve played on a lot of different sets in my day and I have to say, this one is up there,â one reviewer writes. âThe portability is great, it isnât too light (you donât want the boards shifting all around) but they also arenât too heavy to lug around long distances.â While many reviews mention the ease of taking this game to the beach or on a camping trip, this set of corn hole is also light enough to make the trip to âAruba and Mexicoâ according to one reviewer. Wherever you finally set up, according to one reviewer, youâll be able to play for a long time. âThe boards and bags stood up well through intense play,â they write. âThe bean bags have not split apart, despite their use on a paved parking lot!â
As one reviewer puts it, âThis isnât competition ready, but itâs great for recreational fun,â and according to reviewers fun can happen anywhere since this set is so portable. With this you will be âbeach, backyard and tailgate ready,â according to one reviewer. Another mentions how âsimpleâ it is to âtake along and easy to storeâ because it breaks down into a bag. âWe have taken this to family bbqâs and camping,â one reviewer writes adding that it is âeasy to assemble, and a compact carrying case make this super convenient.â Other reviewers raved about the price. âThere are lots of more expensive options out there, but Iâll tell ya, this gets the job done at a much more affordable price point.â
Reviewers have decided that this upgraded version of capture the flag is great for kids. âWe ordered this for my sonâs 14th birthday,â one reviewer writes. â All of the kids loved it! We had children from 6 to 14, plus adults, and everyone played.â âThis is a great way to get kids moving!â another reviewer writes. âThe kids enjoyed this way more than the usual flashlight tag.â Another parent raved about how great this set is for birthdays. âWhen my son got it for his birthday, we took it to a party with a bunch of kids,â they explain. âThey played this as soon as it got dark and couldnât stop playing.â While you might think outdoor games and summer go hand in hand, this game is so fun kids love playing it year round, according to one reviewer. âWe play at a big open field behind the kids school even during the cold months,â they write. âThe kids just dress warm and wear mittens, and all the running around keeps them plenty warm.â If the price is a deterrent, this reviewer will tell you it is worth every penny. âI was hesitant to order this game because of the price, but it is worth every penny, and then some,â the write. âMy son got this for his birthday and every time he brings it out, it is a HIT. The kids (and adults!) all come in exhausted, laughing and claiming how much they love the game.â
âBasically, itâs giant beer pong,â explains one reviewer, though many others note that alcohol isnât required to enjoy this game. âThis game was simple and quick to learn and it seemed that people of all ages enjoyed playing it throughout the night,â one reviewer writes. However, another reviewer notes that itâs âSuper fun to drink outside playing, way more fun and interesting than Cornhole. Players also appreciate that it comes with different sets of balls so they can play anywhere. âThe bouncy balls work great on concrete for bounce shots,â one explains, adding, âThe bean bag balls are great for underhand throws and the oversized ping pong balls are good for a beer pong style throw.â One reviewer points out that with these extra sets, âItâs almost like three different games in one.â
One reviewer saw this set of giant dice âat a graduation party this summer and literally ordered it from the party.â In addition to graduation parties reviewers love these for family vacations and barbecues, too. âWe are huge Yahtzee fans and bought this game for a family BBQ,â one reviewer writes. âEveryone loved it and had a great time sitting outside playing. The dice are the perfect size, great quality and really loved the dry eraser scoreboard and travel bag.â Another notes this set is âbetter than I expected.â âThey are large and well made but not too heavy to carry or use,â one user writes. âThey are real wood and smell nice. They corners are all rounded and the sides are smooth.â Many players tack on a bucket to their order when buying this game to âget the Yahtzee feelâ as one user put it and âshake up and throw the dice.â
Reviewers rave about how nice this Connect 4 set looks, which is probably why many users deem it good enough to use during special occasions. âThis is everything!â one reviewer writes. âThe pellets are smooth and the wood is beautiful.â Another says that itâs âalmost too nice to have outside.â Pun probably intended, this newlywed says, âIt was also a BIG hit as one of the games at our wedding.â A soon-to-be wed reviewer says they âwill be using at our outdoor wedding reception, along with some other âgiantâ games.â Another happy player writes, âGood quality workmanship, fits together nice. The plastic coating on the wood pucks is durable and havenât had any issues. Only bad thing I have is the noise of the falling pucks as that means we cannot play after the little one is in bed as we would likely wake her up, but that is minor, to say the least.â
Reviewers are really impressed with how durable this Jenga set is. âI own a party rental company and my âGiant Jengaâ games go out almost every weekend,â one reviewer writes. âI have four sets from another company, and the blocks are hollow so when they fall they sometimes break or split open. The Giant Toppling Towers I received from Go Sport is exactly what I have been looking for (solid wood blocks). We love them and Iâm sure my customers will too.â Another reviewer mentioned that the blocks âhold up to the punishment of young kids.â On the flip side a reviewer warns that because the blocks themselves are so strong it puts everything else at risk. This user recommends putting them on a surface that can âwithstand the dings and dents,â that come with this game toppling over. However, one reviewer, who calls this game a âgo-toâ for their family, says, âWe have had groups of family and friends as large as ten playing. To a person, everyone has had a lot of fun and gets very wrapped up in the game. â¦ If youâre thinking about buying this set, definitely go ahead and make the purchase youâll be happy with your decision!â
âIf youâre not playing Kan Jam, your life is a meaningless waste,â states one reviewer, which might sound harsh but sums up how much fun reviewers think this game is. âThis is a ridiculously fun and easy lawn game,â another reviewer writes. âItâs got the strategy of horseshoes with the fun of a team activity. The rules are simple, the equipment is made to last â if you are looking for a semi-active game to bring to the beach, family barbecue, or even company picnic, this is it!â Many reviewers mention how this game has gotten their whole family involved and even inspired annual tournaments. âItâs a team game so fun to get the whole family involved,â one reviewer writes. Another says it, âreally helps create community and friendly competition.â
One reviewer whoâs new to bocce ball says, âThis set has absolutely turned me into a fanatic,â and he now plays nightly in his backyard. âGood quality product with instructions and a nice carrying case,â he adds. Another newbie says he is âsmitten with this setâ and especially enjoys that âthe balls feel heavy, solid, and durable. Thereâs not a ton to do in southeastern Iowa in the best of times, and these ainât them, but this bocce set has been a tremendous addition and itâs my new favorite activity.â But even veteran bocce players vouch for this setâs clear instructions and ease of use, including one customer who has been playing for over 50 years and calls this set âthe real deal. One of them took a roll off the picnic bench onto concrete, only took a small scuff.â He describes the entire set as structurally sound.
Dozens of reviewers say this game is great to play in the water. âThink CornHole in the pool,â as one user describes it. âThe buckets float nicely in the pool and the balls did not sink,â another reviewer explains. âIt is easy to put together and take apart. It is larger than I envisioned, but very lightweight and carries nicely in the bag that comes with the game.â Other reviewers say they like the game because of its versatility. âBest part about this game is that you can play on land or in the water,â one writes, which means this game does not actually require a pool. No matter where you play, one reviewer writes this game is âmore fun than 3 stackable buckets should be.â
If youâd rather play on the grass then in the water, consider this European lawn game, which requires throwing a wooden peg at numbered pins until you accumulate a total of exactly 50 points. Itâs a favorite of our deputy editor Maxine Builder, who learned about it on a trip to Paris a couple years ago, as well as lots of reviewers on Amazon. âItâs a fun, mildly competitive yard game, combining the best elements of horseshoes, bocce, with the hand eye coordination of corn hole. And yes, some elements of bowling,â writes one reviewer, who played it with a group of 15 adults and teenagers for âfive hours in a rowâ without getting bored. And even though it combines elements of those games, many reviewers appreciate that MÃ¶lkky is âfun for any number of players unlike bocce or corn-hole, where you are limited to two or four.âÂ One reviewer does warn, however, that it requires âa flat yard with shorter grass to get the pegs to stand up.â
Dozens of reviewers specifically used these potato sacks for outdoor parties and describe them as great fun. One reviewer bought these for their kids who missed their school field day due to COVID and used them to recreate an âoutdoor field day at our houseâ and says that the sacks âwere super fun.â Another reviewer bought them for an end-of-year school party and says, âIt was a lot of fun and worth the money. I hope to use these products for years to come.â Although several reviewers do attest to theÂ durability of the burlap sacks â one says their kids are âvery rough with all their toys and games,â but these sacks have âlasted now for several weeksâ â some say that the other accessories in this kit, like the straps used for the three-legged race, break easily. But theÂ wooden spoons and faux eggs make for a nice Easter activity that can also be used year-round, according to one grandparent: âThe grandkids have to have sack races every time they are over!â
Reviewers appreciate that this ring toss comes with a mix of rope and plastic rings, along with movable pegs, making it an adjustable activity for players of various ages and abilities. One customer, who gifted this game to a family with young children, says âthere are many ways to make it âfairâ for a variety of ages to play at the same time,â noting that rings can be tossed from âvarious distancesâ and that the game itself holds up well to use. Another agrees that she, her husband, and her children all enjoy the game by changing âdistance to change level of challenge. Sturdy as a wood product can be expected. Should survive my rambunctious children and outdoors well.â Dozens of other customers vouch for the durability of this ring toss, including one whose brother has kept it in his backyard for a full year and says the color hasnât faded and âthe wood has stayed in good condition. [The rings] are perfect size. Not too tiny where youâre like, âWtf, I feel like I got misled and ripped off!â And they arenât oversized where youâre like, âOkay, this is embarrassing and making my yard look small,ââ she adds.
âThis game is much safer than the original, which comes with iron shoes and an iron base,â writes one reviewer, and that element of safety is why so many parents purchased this rubber horseshoe set for kids. One reviewer, who likes to play horseshoes with their family, says the traditional adult set is âjust too heavyâ for the kids, so they âbought this set so that my children could play. They love it! These rubber horseshoes have a good weight to them, not super-light like the other cheap plastic ones.â Many other reviewers note that this set is a good alternative to plastic horseshoes, because these rubber shoes âare heavy enough to not get carried away by the wind, but are not too heavy for young children.â If kids arenât a concern, another reviewer points out that the material protects dogs and possessions as well. Among the dozens of customers who vouch for the quality of this set, many reviewers also point out the reasonable price. One reviewer uses them outside during family gatherings, and says they are a âgood and stable product. Totally worth the price, and quality is great.â
âAs usual, AmazonBasics has created a great value ladder ball set,â writes one satisfied reviewer, who explains, âI got a cheap set and it broke almost immediately with the first play. This set while not expensive has thicker PVC tubes and will last longer.â And other reviewers agree that this set is easy to assemble, yet sturdy. âSo easy to put together â we didnât even use the directions,â one reviewer writes. Others have also found that this is a game suitable for players for all ages. One reports it being a hit in a âsenior independent retirement community,â and another says âwe bought for the after school program and the kids love it!â Another writes, âI bought this for a family BBQ and was not disappointed. The set was easy to put together, and once assembled, was very sturdy. I was surprised, the bolas were actual golf balls.â
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