Fun outdoor games to play with family and friends
Fun games for the outdoors
Enjoying the outdoors can mean many different things, from relaxation to exploration. There are also plenty of fun games that can be enjoyed when the air is fresh, and the weather is warm. Whether you’re playing with one other person or a group, and you're at the beach, in a park or on a trip, there are no shortage of games that can accommodate your desires and commitment.
We've rounded up the most fun outdoors games available, with some requiring physical dexterity, others calling for mental focus, and more than a few where players will be needing some good luck. Game on!
Best outdoor games of 2021
Triumph Sports Big Roller Dice: available at Kohl’s
We love this version of a popular tabletop dice game that’s been made bigger and more accessible for outdoor enjoyment. Roll the large, wooden dice to try to get matches, sequences and what this brand is calling "frenzy." The carrying case keeps items organized and easily portable — you just have to figure out how to roll all the dice at once.
Triumph Sports Backyard Darts Game: available at Kohl’s
This straightforward game can be a carefree leisure activity or something more competitive and creative, depending on how you’re feeling. The goal is simple: toss the giant foam darts into the ring. However, you get to decide where to place the ring, how far to throw the darts and what the stakes are.
Triumph Sports Bottle Battle: available at Kohl’s
The simplicity of this outdoor game belies the mental and physical focus it takes to win, especially against a formidable opponent. A bottle sits atop a pole and a competitor, armed with a disc, tries to knock it off. Stay sharp and be ready to dive and hold on in order to achieve victory.
KanJam Ultimate Game Set: available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
This popular game spawned countless copies, but we love the original, where one team tries to throw a disc into a slit of a can. While it can be pretty tricky, a teammate is allowed to help, which means timing, strategy and dexterity is needed. We especially love playing this at the beach where you’ll likely to get sandy and can cool off in the water.
Trademark Games Complete Croquet Set: available at Kohl’s
A relatively simple and classic outdoor game, croquet can have up to six players. Players hit a ball through a series of wire gates in the correct order, but depending on whose ball is where, there is plenty of creativity and alterations that can be made.
Spikeball Game: available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
This fun outdoor game requires quick reflexes, stamina and plenty of commitment — if you want to win, that is. Two teams of two players stand around the net trying to bounce the ball in a way that upsets their opponent. This model is light, durable and easily transported, so you can play wherever you are. Just know that you are likely to build up a sweat and may get dirty.
Monarch Pickleball Game Set: available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
A bit of tennis mixed with a touch of badminton, we’re fans of the active and often intense game of pickleball. This quality set features the net, paddles and ball — you’ll just need some friends and a hard surface to get going...and maybe some practice and patience, as well.
Wicked Big Sports Kickball: available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
For those with plenty of space and quite a few friends or family around, kickball can be one of the most fun outdoor games on this list. The accessible game is more or less like baseball, but instead of a small, hard ball and a bat, players use their feet to kick a large rubber ball. This inexpensive set includes the four bases to set up wherever you please, as well as the durable, bouncy ball.
GoSports Splash Hoop: available at Amazon
For those heading to a pool or lake, we love this inflatable hoop that allows for plenty of fun games in the water. Let it float or anchor it to keep in place and use the pair of water basketballs to play a competitive game, challenge someone to Horse or simply practice your throw. It also lends itself to some more courageous and adventurous throw and dunk attempts as you jump in the water.
Rec League traditional Cornhole Board Set: available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
A very popular outdoor game, particularly at tailgate parties, patios and big events, we recommend investing in a classic cornhole set. The simple premise — to throw the bean bag in the hole or as close as possible — allows for those of all ages and skill levels to compete. It can be highly intense, or just easygoing.
EastPoint Sports Badminton Set: available at Amazon
Another classic outdoor game, badminton can be played casually or competitively, and with two or four people. We love this value set that offers four paddles and a sturdy net that’s easy to transport and set up, whether you’re in a backyard or playing at the beach.
GoSports Kubb Game Set: available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
This game that's slowly growing in popularity is a Swedish export that purports to have been played during the age of the Vikings. A combination of bowling and horseshoes, players try to knock over the other team's wooden blocks, known as kubbs, before taking down a center king pin. Depending on how you set up the pins, this game can be fast and tense or lengthy and strategic.
Baden’s Champions Horseshoe Set: available at Amazon
No outdoor games list is complete with this classic standard. We love this set of horseshoes that provides durability and a sense of authenticity. While the goal is simple, the execution requires practice, focus and determination. The included carrying case is necessary to protect and hold the heavy-duty pieces.
Bucket Ball Starter Pack: available at Amazon
This popular game amongst youngsters lends itself to parties and competition quite well, as teams attempt to toss a ball into a cup. It can be played in a variety of locations, with any number of modifications. Some players may want to adjust the distance, allow the ball to bounce or add a drink to the cups. Cheers!
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