The Best Outdoor Yard Games to Play This Summer

David Prahl/Getty Images

Let the games begin!

Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

Warmer weather inevitably pulls us out of our houses and into our backyards with a chilled drink in hand to soak up the sun. But sometimes, it is just as inevitable that boredom settles in and you are in the mood to do something fun, especially if you have friends visiting or children asking for something to do.

Related: Outdoor Furniture to Remake Your Summer Patio

And this is what games are for—to keep you occupied and entertained, no phone screens included.

You really can’t go wrong with all-time favorites such as 4-in-a-Row and Jenga, but this time they come in a more outdoor-friendly size. For the more competitive types who appreciate active games, consider Spikeball. It is a volleyball-inspired game played around a hula-hoop net by two teams of four people that can be pretty physically demanding.

Related: Start Planning Your Summer Outdoor Oasis With These High-Tech Appliances

And of course, there are the Old World favorites such as the Italian bocce ball and the British croquet.

Now take a look at all of our favorite yard games that will guarantee some good time for the whole family this summer.

Bocce Ball Set


Courtesy Crate & Barrel

Bocce is one of the oldest and most popular yard bowling games in Europe, and certainly in Italy that is played by two people or teams.

This beautiful set has everything you need to enjoy the game whether you are a pro or are just discovering it. The eight balls plus the jack are made from solid resin with etched details and the set comes with a score pad, pencils, and instructions, all stored in a canvas tote.

To buy: $150, crateandbarrel.com

Mark & Graham Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Set


Courtesy L.L. Bean 

Keep your friends and family entertained with one of the most fun and easy games to play—cornhole. This set includes two portable boards designed with handles and foldable legs and painted in bold navy and red, and eight bean bags that come in a canvas travel tote. For a personal touch, customize the set with your monograms.

To buy: $199, markandgraham.com

Maine Coast Croquet Set with Stand


Courtesy L.L. Bean 

Croquet has been a popular outdoor game in the UK for well over a hundred years. It is played by two teams and the goal is to score a point by passing the ball through one of many hoops arranged in a sequence.  

This hardwood set includes handles, mallets, even a convenient stand all finished with a weather-resistant lacquer, nine wickets, six balls, and the official game rules.

To buy: $359, llbean.com

Giant Stacking Games Set


Courtesy Wayfair

This giant Jenga set will be a hit with both adults and kids at your next backyard party.

It includes 54 pinewood blocks that, when stacked, measure 2.5 feet and can reach over five feet during games. The set comes with a sturdy canvas bag and a dry erase board for keeping track of custom rules.

To buy: $78, wayfair.com

Mölkky Outdoor Throwing Game


Courtesy The Grommet

This outdoor Finnish game has been a hit in Europe for over 20 years. The goal is to knock down pins and score exactly 50 points. It can be played by two players or two groups of up to 26 so it can keep quite a lot of people entertained.

This Mölkky set is crafted in Finland from sustainably sourced solid birch wood and includes 12 pins, one throwing pin, a carrying case, a scorebook, and instructions.

To buy: $40, thegrommet.com

Viva Sol Forged Horseshoes Set


Courtesy Dick's Sporting Goods

This horseshoe set will give you a pretty good reason to spend some quality time outside. It is an easy game that even kids and teenagers will enjoy playing.

This set includes four forged steel horseshoes and two stainless steel stakes that all come in a wooden storage case with locking latches.

To buy: $125, dickssportinggoods.com

4FUN Cosmic Mini Golf Set


Courtesy Dick's Sporting Goods

There is a reason why mini golf is so popular—it’s just as much fun for kids as it is for adults so having this set at home will keep everyone entertained.

It has everything you need to play a 5-hole game including green printed felt with course border, obstacles, and tee stakes. And since it is a glow-in-the-dark set, you don’t need to stop your game after sundown.

To buy: $120, dickssportinggoods.com

Yard Dice


Courtesy Uncommon Goods

There are a variety of dice games (Yahtzee, anyone?) that you can play outside for which this jumbo set of six dice will come in handy, and a lot of them are kid-friendly, too.

The dice are handmade in Minneapolis from solid pinewood and then hot iron branded on all six sides. The set also includes a storage drawstring bag and the rules to four dice games—Snake Eyes, 10,000 (Greedy), Whamee, and Mia.

To buy: $50, uncommongoods.com

Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit


Courtesy Amazon

This game will get you moving (so feel free to skip your daily workout session)! And you can play it pretty much everywhere— in the backyard, on the beach, indoors—as long as you have four players (divided into two teams) who are willing to break a sweat.

The kit includes an adjustable net with foldable legs for easy storage and three balls that come in a convenient backpack.

To buy: $60, spikeball.com

4-in-a-Row Giant Board Game


Courtesy Wayfair

This is basically the jumbo version of the classic board game that you can play while soaking up some Vitamin D outside.

You can assemble and disassemble the kit in minutes (it measures about 29 inches in height in 33 in width) and it features 42 red and blue discs.

To buy: $92, wayfair.com