The 10 Best Lawn Games of 2021

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Our Top Picks
"This wooden stacking game is fun for the whole family and comes with a durable canvas carrying case and a small dry erase board."
"This disc-tossing game is easy to set up, fast-paced, affordable, and the rules are easy to explain to new players."
"With a handy carrying case, this high-quality croquet set is affordable, high-quality, and comes with six colorful mallets."
"Made of heirloom-quality wood, this game can be personalized with up to four lines, including names, dates, or messages."
"This family-friendly game is easy to store, set up, and play, and comes with a storage bag so you can take it with you."
"Also known as Viking Chess, this Nordic lawn game is made of durable hardwood and comes with easy to follow instructions."
"This bocce set comes with a durable carrying case that can be personalized with a monogram or a name up to 10 characters long."
"If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced activity you can play in the backyard or at the beach, this game will keep you moving."
"These stylish, oversized wooden dice are a fun way to play classic games outside, are durable, and come in a canvas carrying case."
Best for Families:
GoSports Cornhole Set at Amazon
"Easy to care for and take with you, this cornhole set is made of PVC and polyester fabric, and is fun for all ages."
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Once the weather begins to turn, you probably don’t need an excuse to get outside and play. Still, the right lawn games can make that time in the fresh air even more enjoyable, whether at the beach or in your own backyard. To have more fun in the sun, make sure you’re stocked up on the best lawn games, including our picks below.

Here, the best lawn games.

Best Overall: GoSports Giant Wooden Toppling Tower

GoSports Giant Wooden Toppling Tower
What We Like
  • Family-friendly

  • Premium materials

  • Included carrying case

What We Don't like
  • Blocks can be damaged when falling

The best lawn game should be one that the whole family can enjoy, which is why we love this wooden toppling tower. It’s a backyard version of the classic family favorite called Jenga. Play is simple: Stack the 7.75 x 1.5 x 2.5-inch blocks, then let each player take turns pulling a block from the tower and placing it back on top. If the tower knocks over during your turn, you lose the game. It’s a fun and exciting activity that’ll have everyone on the edge of their seats. 

The quality of this particular set is unmatched, too. Choose from five finishes of hand-selected knot-free pine blocks to best suit your outdoor space's aesthetic. They’ll come neatly packaged in a durable canvas carrying case for easy portability and convenient storage. And, as a bonus, you’ll also get a small dry erase board for creating your own silly set of rules.

Best Budget: Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game

Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game
What We Like
  • Family-friendly

  • Encourages movement

What We Don't Like
  • A little difficult to transport

Kan Jam is another very easy and family-friendly lawn game that’ll get participants moving a bit. Think of it as a more fast-paced version of horseshoes, but with frisbees and cans as opposed to horseshoes and targets. In two teams of two players, each participant takes a turn throwing the flying disc into the can and deflecting the disc. The first team to score 21 points wins. 

If there’s any downside, it’s that the cans are a bit bulky. That said, they’re very lightweight, so portability isn’t really an issue–as long as you have the hands to carry everything.

Best Classic: Hey! Play! Six-Player Croquet Set with Carrying Case

Wooden Croquet Set with Carrying Case
What We Like
  • High quality

  • Comes with carrying case

  • Six player game

What We Don't Like
  • Plastic mallet covers tend to fall off

This classic game is one that both kids and adults will love. And, like other great lawn games, it’s easy to set up and play. To do so, place the wickets into the ground to create your unique playing field. Once everything is set up, you use the mallets to knock the hard balls through the arches.

This colorful set comes with enough mallets for six people to play—perfect for a crowd—and has a convenient carrying case, so you can use the game outside of your backyard (like the park or a friend's house)

Despite the exceptional quality, this set is very affordable, so you’ll be able to enjoy this classic game for less.

Best Party: Uncommon Goods Personalized Four Across Lawn Game

Personalized Four Across Lawn Game
What We Like
  • Personalized

  • Family friendly

  • Handmade

What We Don't Like
  • Requires extra care

A fun and personalized twist on the classic Connect Four game is perfect for special events and parties—even weddings. And when the event is over? You’ll love having this lasting memory of it in your backyard.

The oversized game (it’s 39 x 24 x 48 inches) is handmade, making it extra special. It’s machine cut from attractive heirloom-quality maple wood. To make it your own, personalize up to four lines (seven characters each) with your names, anniversary date, or a sweet message for a loved one. 

If there’s any downside, it’s that this game needs to be disassembled and brought inside after every use. Because it’s made of such high quality wood, you don’t want to risk the wood warping due to moisture.

Best for Kids: Elite Sportz Ring Toss Game

Elite Sportz Ring Toss Games for Kids
What We Like
  • Family-friendly

  • Easy to assemble

  • Comes with carry case

What We Don't Like
  • A bit small for older kids

Keeping the kids entertained requires a delicate balance of simplicity and intrigue. This ring toss game toes the line perfectly. Though easy to set up and play, the game (a classic!) teaches kids hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and simple math. To play, kids take turns tossing the colored rings onto the target. Each peg denotes a different amount of points, and the first player to reach the agreed upon amount of points wins.

The family-friendly game is highly portable, too. The kit, which includes three sets of rings, a wooden peg base, and a carry bag, is lightweight and comes with a travel bag, so you can easily bring it to the park or the beach. It also makes storage a breeze.

Best for Adults: Yard Games Kubb Regulation Size Outdoor Tossing Game with Carrying Case

Yard Games Kubb Regulation Size Outdoor Tossing Game with Carrying Case
What We Like
  • Easy to play

  • Family-friendly

  • High quality

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

This Nordic lawn game, sometimes called Viking Chess, is quickly gaining popularity in the United States. It makes for a great BBQ game, because the game has a very low learning curve. To play, participants divide up into two teams. During game play, each player attempts to knock down the other team’s kubbs, or wooden stakes. When all the kubbs are knocked down, you must knock the king kubb down to win the game. 

It’s a relatively attractive game that looks sophisticated whether set up on the beach or in the backyard. Game pieces are beautifully crafted of durable natural hardwood, though due to the nature of the game, you should expect them to get a bit dented over time.

The pieces are a big heavy, but portability isn’t an issue thanks to the convenient carry case.

Best Portable: L.L.Bean Bocce

L.L.Bean Bocce
What We Like
  • Easy to play

  • Highly portable

  • Personalized

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

Bocce ball is undoubtedly one of the most popular portable lawn games available. The set of nine balls (eight larger ones and one smaller one) comes nestled inside an attractive zippered carry case made from rugged canvas that can be personalized with a monogram or name up to 10 characters long.

The game is simple to play, making it extremely family friendly. You simply divide your group into two teams. Then, one player throws the small target ball. Each additional player then takes turns rolling the larger balls as close to the target ball as possible. Whichever team has a ball closest to the target wins that round. The game ends when one team scores the predetermined number of points, typically 12.

Best Active: Spikeball Combo Game

Spikeball Combo Game
What We Like
  • Portable

  • Family-friendly

  • Encourages movement

What We Don't Like
  • Flimsy material

This fun, fast-paced game is a combination of four square and volleyball. To play, you slam one of the balls down onto the net, sending it soaring back up to your opponents. If the other team misses the ball, your team scores a point. The first team to 21 points wins the game. 

To love this beach- or backyard-friendly game, you’ll have to be okay with getting a little bit of exercise. You’ll be bouncing all over the place in effort to smack the ball back down onto the net. This set, which comes with three balls, a net, and a rule book all nestled into a carrying bag, is highly portable, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty you can take advantage of in case any of the parts break.

Best Oversized: GoSports Giant Wooden Playing Dice Set

GoSports Giant Wooden
What We Like
  • Comes with carrying case

  • Includes scoring board

  • High quality wood

What We Don't Like
  • Requires extra care

The whole family will have so much fun playing with an oversized set of dice. And we love the fact that the possibilities are really endless. You can use the 3.5-inch dice to play a classic game like Yahtzee (the set comes with dry erase boards for scoring this engaging, family-friendly game) or try your hand at another fun dice game. 

The wooden dice in this set are not only functional, but also stylish. They are hand-sanded with numbers burned into the wood for an elegant and durable design. Despite their fun and giant size, they’re easy to take to the beach, camping, or anywhere else, thanks to a sturdy canvas carrying case.

Best for Families: GoSports Cornhole Set

GoSports Portable PVC Framed Cornhole Toss Game
What We Like
  •  Family friendly

  • Easy to care for

  • Easy to learn

What We Don't Like
  •  A little flimsy

This family favorite is a barbecue staple for a reason. The game, which includes two cornhole boards, eight bean bags, and a convenient carrying case, is easy for players of all ages to figure out. You simply try to toss the bags into the hole on the board. The team with the most points wins.

If you have kids, you’ll love that this set is made of PVC and polyester fabric as opposed to wood, since it makes it easier to care for and easier to travel with.

Final Verdict

The best overall lawn game is the GoSports Giant Wooden Toppling Tower (view on Amazon), because it’s appropriate for all ages and provides hours of fun. The game, which is modeled after a classic, also comes with a carrying case that makes it easy to tote the set wherever your heart desires, be it the beach or the park.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has spent the last 10-plus years researching the best home goods for various digital publications, including The Spruce and Good Housekeeping. Throughout the years, Brigitt has also had the opportunity to try just about every lawn game on this list, with some of her favorites being bocce, toppling tower, and cornhole.

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