19 best outdoor games in 2022: Camping, backyard, parties, and more

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19 best adult-friendly outdoor games in 2022 under $50, $75, $100 and $250 (Photos via Amazon & Wayfair)

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I'll let you in on a little secret: outdoor games are not just for kids. While the importance of play for children is well documented, researchers have found that adults who make play a regular part of their lives report lower levels of perceived stress, strengthen community ties, and even make themselves more attractive.

Outdoor play is often linked to heart-healthy physical activity (and is a lot more fun than labouring away on a treadmill) and is positively associated with overall health and cognitive development for people starting from childhood.

However, if team sports were never really your thing, there are dozens of games you can take up this summer to get outside and get playing.

From childhood classics to reviewer favourites, these are the 19 best adult and kid-friendly outdoor games you can play this summer for barbeques, camping, parties, family reunions, weddings, backyard fun and beyond.

Best outdoor games under $50

The Ultimate Skip Ball Set

The Ultimate Skip Ball Set with blue and red balls and black pad, blue frisbee (Photo via Amazon)
The Ultimate Skip Ball Set (Photo via Amazon)

Introducing this summer's must-have beach toy: Skip Ball. This durable, water-resistant ball skips across the water for the ultimate game of catch. Amazon shoppers call the top-rated toy "perfect" and say it makes for "fabulous play in the water."

$20 $23 at Amazon

EastPoint 4 Player Sports Croquet Set

EastPoint 4 Player Sports Croquet Set with four paddles, four balls, and lawn sticks (Photo via Walmart)
EastPoint 4 Player Sports Croquet Set (Photo via Walmart)

Great for camping, the backyard and family get-togethers, this four-person croquet set comes with four wood mallets, two wood stakes, four balls and nine dipped wire wickets. Plus, the budget-friendly set includes a convenient carry bag for easy storage and portability.

$30 at Walmart Canada

Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens: Extreme Outdoor Edition

Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens: Extreme Outdoor Edition - A Dodgeball Card Game (Photo via Amazon)
Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens: Extreme Outdoor Edition - A Dodgeball Card Game (Photo via Amazon)

From the makers of Exploding Kittens comes Throw Throw Burrito, a dodgeball card game. To play, users must collect matching sets of cards faster than their opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging and throwing squishy airborne burritos. This outdoor-friendly game has earned a whopping 25,000 reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4.7 stars. According to one shopper, it's "easy to learn" and you "end up working up a sweat" by the end of the game.

$38 $40 at Amazon

Activ Life Kid's Flying Rings

Activ Life Kid's Flying Rings with two blue rings and activ flyer books (Photo via Amazon)
Activ Life Kid's Flying Rings (Photo via Amazon)

These fan-favourite flying rings are 80 per cent lighter than standard frisbees, making them safe for little fingers and toes. With a whopping 14,000 ratings on Amazon, shoppers say the toy is "good for kids" and "lightweight."

$17 at Amazon

GoSports Giant Wooden Playing Dice Set

GoSports Giant Wooden Playing Dice Set with canvas bag and rollzee score card (Photo via Amazon)
GoSports Giant Wooden Playing Dice Set (Photo via Amazon)

Measuring 3.5 by 3.5 by 3.5 inches, this set of six dice is perfect for camping, backyard tournaments and more. The dice set comes with a bonus Rollzee and Farkle scoreboard and a canvas carrying bag. With 4,600 reviews and an average rating of 4.6 stars, Amazon Canada shoppers call the dice a "nice addition" to the "family game cupboard."

$50 at Amazon

Best outdoor games under $75

EastPoint Sports Go! Cornhole Game

EastPoint Sports Go! Gater Corn Hole Outdoor Game with two grey and green boards and red and yellow bean bags (Photo via Amazon)
EastPoint Sports Go! Gater Corn Hole Outdoor Game (Photo via Amazon)

Perfect for a pick-up game at the park or to stow in the back of the car for weekend trips, this waterproof corn hole set comes with two boards and eight bean bags in two team colours. The set has earned over 2,100 reviews from Amazon shoppers and an average rating of 4.3 stars. It's a "sturdy little set," according to one reviewer. It's "perfect" for the "park or [the] beach."

$53 at Amazon

Kan Jam Frisbee Set

Kan Jam Frisbee Set with yellow disc and black can and kan jam box (Photo via Wayfair)
Kan Jam Frisbee Set (Photo via Wayfair)

Dubbed "America's No.1 Party Sport," Kan Jam is a fun and straightforward game for all ages and skill levels. In teams, players throw the disc at and into the target to get points. The frisbee set has become a favourite among Wayfair shoppers, earning an average rating of 4.7 stars. According to one reviewer, it's a "fun game" and provides "hours of entertainment."

$63 at Wayfair

10-Piece Washer Toss Set

10 Piece Washer Toss Set in two wooden boxes with white cups, red and blue pieces (Photo via Wayfair)
10 Piece Washer Toss Set (Photo via Wayfair)

This UV and weather-resistant washer toss game is made from high-quality wood and plastic. The set includes a rulebook, a carrying case and eight washers and rings. With an average rating of 4.5 stars on Wayfair, shoppers say the Bolaball set is "good quality" and provides "endless family fun."

$70 at Wayfair

Giggle N Go Knock Off Toss Game

Giggle N Go Knock Off Toss Game with two water bottles on blue stands and red frisbee (Photo via Amazon)
Giggle N Go Knock Off Toss Game (Photo via Amazon)

This knock-off toss game supports a wide variety of targets, including water bottles, beer cans and small toys. The goal of the game is simple: Players toss the frisbee disk through the air in hopes of knocking off the target. However straightforward, it has earned more than 1,600 five-star reviews on Amazon. It's "oh so addictive," according to one shopper, and whether you're "five or 65," it's such a "great and easy game."

$69 $83 at Amazon

Best outdoor games under $100

GoSports Backyard Bocce Set

GoSports Backyard Bocce Set with red, green, blue and yellow balls and canvas carrying bag (Photo via Amazon)
GoSports Backyard Bocce Set (Photo via Amazon)

A lawn game classic: this Bocce Ball set includes eight high-gloss playing balls, a canvas carrying bag and a measuring device for when the competition gets stiff. The set is "excellent," says one shopper. The heavier weighted balls are "more true to the pro game."

$89 at Amazon

Big Game Hunters Snakes & Ladders Outdoor Board Game

two girls playing on giant Big Game Hunters Snakes & Ladders Outdoor Board Game outside with giant dice (Photo via Walmart)
Big Game Hunters Snakes & Ladders Outdoor Board Game (Photo via Walmart)

Bring your favourite board game to the backyard with this life-sized Snakes and Ladders set. Measuring 10-feet by 10-feet, the set comes with eight ground stakes to keep the mat in place and one giant inflatable die.

$86 at Walmart Canada

Spikeball Game Set

Spikeball Game Set with trampoline, yellow balls, and black bag (Photo via Amazon)
Spikeball Game Set (Photo via Amazon)

You've seen it on the beach, you've passed it in the park, and now, it's time to play it for yourself: that's right, we're talking about Spikeball. This "insanely fun" backyard game has earned close to 12,000 reviews from Amazon shoppers and an average customer rating of 4.7 stars.

$90 at Amazon

Black Series LED Game Bean Bag Toss Game

Black Series LED Game Bean Bag Toss Game with black panels and red and blue bean bags (Photo via Bed Bath & Beyond)
Black Series LED Game Bean Bag Toss Game (Photo via Bed Bath & Beyond)

Perfect for when the sun goes down on those warm summer nights, this light-up bean bag toss game includes four battery-powered light-up bean bags and two glow targets so you can keep the fun going. With an average rating of 4.8 stars, 96 per cent of Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers would recommend the game to a friend.

$72 $90 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Pickleball Paddle Set of 2

Pickleball Paddle Set of 2 paddles with four yellow balls and a black carrying case (Photo via Amazon)
Pickleball Paddle Set of 2 (Photo via Amazon)

Pickleball is a family-friendly sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong in one easy-to-learn game. It can be played anywhere and requires only a badminton-sized court, two paddles and a plastic ball to get started. This top-rated Pickleball set from Amazon comes backed by more than 1,300 reviews and an average rating of 4.7 stars.

$97 at Amazon

Best outdoor games under $250

Ladder Ball Set

Ladder Ball Set with two wooden ladders and red and blue balls (Photo via Wayfair)
Ladder Ball Set (Photo via Wayfair)

These high-quality ladders are constructed from solid hardwood with weighted bases for more stability and longevity. The bolas are made from real golf balls for that same authentic experience you remember from childhood.

$148 $220 at Wayfair

Disc Golf Set

Disc Golf Set  on white background with chains and metal pole (Photo via Wayfair)
Disc Golf Set (Photo via Wayfair)

If you've never played disc golf before, you're in for a treat. This challenging game involves concentration and strategy, yet fun and engaging competition for players of all ages. The Hathaway Games set includes one steel target, six weighted discs, 12 deflecting chains, four ground anchors, one flag, one nylon carrying bag and a rulebook.

$180 $284 at Wayfair

Jenga Giant Hardwood Game

a man and a woman playing Jenga Giant Hardwood Game on a rocky beach (Photo via Wayfair)
Jenga Giant Hardwood Game (Photo via Wayfair)

It's everything you love about Jenga but in jumbo form. This Jenga hardwood game starts at 26 inches and can stack to over five-feet high during play. With an average rating of 4.9 stars, Wayfair shoppers call the set "very entertaining" and say it's a "popular" choice for games night.

$182 $200 at Wayfair

Golf Cornhole Game Set

man in red shirt playing gold on green grass Golf Cornhole Game Set (Photo via Wayfair)
Golf Cornhole Game Set (Photo via Wayfair)

Great for golf fans or as an early Father's Day gift, these golf ramps are covered with artificial turf and feature a foldable steel leg. With an average rating of 4.6 stars, Wayfair shoppers say the game is a "lot of fun for both golfers and non-golfers" alike.

$200 $244 at Wayfair

4-In-A-Row Giant Board Game

three friends playing red and blue 4-In-A-Row Giant Board Game outside in green park (Photo via Wayfair)
4-In-A-Row Giant Board Game (Photo via Wayfair)

This oversized version of the classic four-in-a-row game can be enjoyed indoors or outside and has everything you need for old-fashioned, low-maintenance fun. The set includes a sturdy pine wood game board and 42 playing discs in two colours for easy two-player games.

$215 $310 at Wayfair

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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