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15 fun lawn games to stay entertained in your backyard

From the classics to Kan Jam these are some of the most popular games.

1) a person plays Kan Jam outside. 2) Close up of a croquet mallet and ball. Credit: Kan Jam / Juegoal

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There’s plenty of fun to be had in the summer by hanging out in your backyard, cooking up barbecue and chatting with friends, but if you want your house to be the hottest spot on the block, you need to invest in a few lawn games.

There are all sorts of outdoor games that will keep your guests entertained for hours, including classics like horseshoes to fun modern games like Spikeball. Many are appropriate for players of all ages, and they’re ideal for either competitive or casual gameplay.

Whether you’re planning a party or just looking for ways to have fun with the family, these are 15 of our favorite lawn games that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

1. GoSports Pro Grade Ladder Toss

People play a ladder toss game outside.
Credit: GoSports

This tossing game is harder than it looks.

Don’t be fooled by its simple gameplay—ladder toss can get surprisingly competitive! The premise of the game is to throw rubber bolos, which are pieces of rope with a ball on each end, at your opponent’s ladder, wrapping it around the spokes. You get points for each bolo that you successfully land, with various spokes earning different amounts of points, and there’s a built-in scorekeeper on the PVC frame. The game is fun for all ages, and up to four people can play at a time. Get the GoSports Pro Grade Ladder Toss at Amazon for $31

2. Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit

People play frisbee outside.
Credit: Spikeball

This bouncing game will get everyone involved.

If you’ve never heard of Spikeball, you’re missing out. This unique game has similar rules to volleyball, but it’s played on a compact circular net. Playing in teams of two, the goal is to bounce the ball off the net and past your opponents and it can be as competitive or laid-back as you want. This kit comes with a collapsible net, three balls, and a carrying case, so it can be set up in your backyard or brought along on day trips to the beach. Get the Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit at Amazon for $60

3. Amazon Basics Wooden Cornhole Set

Close up of a cornhole game outside.
Credit: Amazon Basics

This cornhole set is one of the best.

Who doesn’t love a game of cornhole? This cult classic involves tossing bean bags at your opponent’s board, trying to get them into the hole. It can be played one-on-one or in teams, and this cornhole set includes two sturdy wooden boards as well as eight bean bags. The red, white and blue design is ideal for holidays like the Fourth of July, and the kit comes with a carrying bag for storage in the off-season. Get the Amazon Basics Wooden Cornhole Set at Amazon for $64

4. Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition

Illustration of people in a throwing game.
Credit: Exploding Kittens

These cards are jumbo sized.

Throw Throw Burrito is described as a “dodgeball card game,” and it’s sure to become a family favorite. It can be played by two to six people and the game comes with 120 water-resistant cards and two massive 3-foot-tall inflatable burritos. The object is to collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents, but you have to successfully dodge burritos that are thrown at you to keep your points. It’s fun for kids and adults alike, and you’re sure to get requests to play at future parties. Get the Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition at Amazon for $30

5. Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game

People play Kan Jam outside.
Credit: Kan Jam

How good are you at frisbee? Really?

Take disc tossing to the next level with Kan Jam, a super popular party game. The game comes with two can-shaped “goals,” and the objective is to work with your partner to get the disc into the can. There are several ways to earn points, including hitting the edge of the can or dunking it in, but if you manage to get the disc perfectly into the can’s side slot, you automatically win the game. Kan Jam is played with two teams of two, and the first team to score 21 points wins. Get the Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game at Amazon for $37

6. Champion Sports Horseshoe Set

People play horseshoes outsides.
Credit: Champion Sports

It's not vital to create a horseshoe pit to enjoy this game.

This traditional horseshoe set will be a backyard staple for years to come. It includes four regulation-weighted metal horseshoes, as well as two durable 24-inch metal stakes. All you have to do is pound the stakes into the ground, and you’re ready to play. (Of course, you could always create a designated horseshoe pit, if you’re fancy.) The game set also comes with a carrying case for storage or to take your game on the road, if desired. Get the Champion Sports Horseshoe Set at Amazon for $52

7. GoSports Backyard Bocce Set

Close up of colorful boccee balls on a lawn.
Credit: GoSports

Is a lawn game really a lawn game if tossing isn't involved?

Whether you’re at the beach or in your yard, you’ll have a blast playing bocce with your friends and family. The point of the game is simple—throw your resin ball the closest to the white pallino target ball. But beware, your opponents will try to knock your ball away with their own! This set comes with eight high-gloss balls, as well as a pallino ball and measuring tool and it all fits nicely into the canvas storage case when you’re not playing. Get the GoSports Backyard Bocce Set at Amazon for $40

8. Mölkky Wooden Pin & Skittles Game

Close up of a wooden lawn game.
Credit: Mölkky

Add something different to your lawn activities.

If you’re looking for something different to play with your guests, Mölkky is a fun outdoor throwing game from Finland. The set comes with 12 numbered Mölkky “skittles” and a throwing pin. To play, you take turns throwing the pin at the standing skittles, and there are two ways to accumulate points: Add the numbers on the pins you knock down or add the total number of fallen pins. After each turn, the pins are stood up where they fell, spreading out the playing area. To win, you have to accumulate exactly 50 points—if you go over, your score drops back down to 25. Get the Molkky Wooden Pin & Skittles Game at Amazon for $40

9. Baden Champions Volleyball Badminton Combo Set

People play badminton outside.
Credit: Baden Champions

Satiate your badminton fix with this set.

While this game set is slightly pricey, it offers two fun games in one! The 3-by-32-foot net is supported by heavy-duty steel poles, and it can be used for both volleyball and badminton. The kit also includes a volleyball, four badminton racquets, three shuttlecocks and boundary lines to set up your very own backyard court. The poles are adjustable so you can switch between games easily, and overall, it’s a great setup for gatherings, as large groups of people can get in on the action. Get the Baden Champions Volleyball Badminton Combo Set at Amazon for $106

10. Juegoal Six Player Croquet Set

Close up of a croquet mallet and ball.
Credit: Juegoal

Channel the Bridgerton family with this croquet set.

If you just finished the second season of Bridgerton, you might be inspired to set up a croquet course in your yard. This six-player set comes with six hardwood mallets, six weather-resistant balls, nine metal wickets and two end stakes. The game is suitable for ages six and up, and it would be the perfect activity for any summer party. Get the Juegoal Six Player Croquet Set at Amazon for $45

11. Bottle Bash Outdoor Flying Disc Game

People play a game on a beach.
Credit: Poleish Sports

Try another unique spin on frisbee.

Here’s another unique spin on classic Frisbee! In Bottle Bash, teams of two take turns trying to knock a bottle off the opposing team’s pole using a throwing disc. The defending team is tasked with catching both the bottle and the disc—failure to do so will earn the other team points. The game is easy to set up and even easier to play, but don’t be surprised when it brings out the competitive side of people.
Get the Bottle Bash Outdoor Flying Disc Game at Amazon for $40

12. Champion Sports Lawn Darts

Close up of red and blue lawn darts on grass.
Credit: Champion Sports

The goal? Just toss your darts into a circle.

This lawn darts set is designed for kids, but that doesn’t mean adults won’t have fun playing, too! The inexpensive game comes with four weighted, mushroom-shaped darts and two target rings, and the goal is simply to toss your darts into the circles. It’s safe for kids to play (and won’t damage your lawn), and it can even be used indoors to keep children busy on rainy days. Get the Champion Sports Lawn Darts at Amazon for $16

13. Ring Toss Deluxe

People play ringtoss on a beach.
Credit: Funsparks

Go with something simple like a ring toss.

You can bring the fun of the carnival to your backyard with this classic ring toss game. The wooden base has five different pegs that earn you varying points, and it comes with four sets of rings—two plastic and two rope. It’s ideal for anywhere from one to four players, and you can make it more challenging for advanced players by throwing the rings from further away. Get the Ring Toss Deluxe at Amazon for $25

14. Sport Squad Endzone Challenge

A person throws a sandbag into a goal.
Credit: Joola

Imagine you're a star quarterback.

Your friends will have a blast trying to one-up each other’s scores with the “Endzone Challenge.” The freestanding game has a variety of targets, each of which earn you a certain number of points. It comes with four foam footballs, as well as four throwing discs, which can be thrown into the slots at the top and bottom of the game unit. There’s a sliding scorer on the frame to help you keep track of points, and the versatile setup allows you to create your own games for hours of competitive fun. Get the Sport Squad Endzone Challenge at Amazon for $43

15. Tiki Toss Hook and Ring Toss Game

Close up of a hook with a ring on a rope.
Credit: Tiki Toss

Who knew so much fun could be had with a hook and a ring?

Don’t underestimate how much fun this simple game can be! It comes with a tiki-style hook that you mount on a wall, as well as a simple ring, and the object is to swing the ring on a string and land it perfectly on the hook. It’s an easy yet entertaining activity for guests of all ages and it’s also a great method of settling debates, such as who has to go inside to get more drinks. Get the Tiki Toss Hook and Ring Toss Game at Amazon for $20

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