20 Backyard Games That Will Provide Hours of Outdoor Fun This Summer

Cornhole Game

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One of the great joys of summer is spending time in the backyard (or a park), enjoying the warm weather and the company of others. Adding to this cherished time of year are the games that can be played outside. These types of activities are geared toward groups and simple enough for everyone to learn—but generally impossible to master, making it anyone’s game to win.

Some of the most popular backyard games are supersized versions of things you’d play indoors. Jenga, the anxiety-inducing stacking game, has been reimagined as a large tower of blocks perfect for a patio. And for fans of the classic Yahtzee, there’s now Yardzee, a dice game for the lawn. There’s even a giant Connect-Four-style game that can be set up outside (and played standing up) for hours of fun.

Other games test your hand-eye coordination, whether it's throwing bean bags in a classic game of cornhole or landing a ball on a ladder toss game. For those who enjoy classic lawn games, bocce, frisbee, badminton, and croquet all make excellent choices. And with advances like light-up frisbees and shuttlecocks, you can keep playing your favorite outdoor game well after the sun goes down.

So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see some of our favorite backyard games.

Make your outdoor parties fun with these backyard games.

Toppling Timbers Game

Toppling Timbers

TailgatingPros | $91.32+


Hook and Ring Game

Hook and String Game

Tap Crafters | $24.39+


Bocce Ball Set

Bocce Set

GoSports | $39.96


Yardzee Dice Lawn Game

Yardzee Lawn Dice Game

Ropoda Store | $39.99


Four in a Row Game (With Carrying Case)

Outdoor Four in a Row Game

Swooc Games | $146.39


Giant Tic-Tac-Toe


Reusable Water Balloons (Set of 12)


Lawn Bowling Game


Cornhole Set (With Carrying Case)

Cornhole Game

Tailgating Pros | $159.85+


Leaning Axe and Knife Throwing Target


Rustic Ring Toss Game

Ring Toss

JnJ Handmade | $68.31+


Wooden Ladder Toss Game

Wooden Ladder Toss Game

Swooc Games | $109.79


Scavenger Hunt Tokens


Light Up Frisbee

Light Up Frisbee

TOSY | $39.99


Giant Garden Chess


Giant Wooden Yard Dominoes


Ball Catch Set

Ball Catch Set

Jalunth | $19.99


Giant Kick Darts

Giant Kick Darts

Swooc Games | $182.99


Glow in the Dark Badminton Birdies


Giant Kick Croquet

Giant Kick Croquet

Kovot | $35.99


This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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