19 Outside Video games for Adults You will Need to Play All Yr Spherical

The climate in Texas is lastly beginning to really feel like summer season and I’m right here for it. Whereas the climate may protest, I’m dying to get exterior amongst pals and play some outside video games designed for adults. Belief me— it’s about to get aggressive.

It’s loopy to suppose how far we’ve come for the reason that COVID-19 lockdowns. However if there’s one factor I’ve taken from that point (and belief me, I’ve realized so much), it’s to all the time take advantage of the time I’ve with family members. This summer season, meaning extra artwork tasks than I’ve achieved since center college and studying extra books than I’ve ever been assigned to learn. I solely want I had this listing of boredom-busters again in March 2020.  

My favourite half, although? Getting exterior for some contemporary air and enjoying video games like we have been youngsters once more. It really brings my household a lot pleasure to be exterior, getting some train, and having fun with one another’s firm.

Featured picture by Kristen Kilpatrick.

Image by Kristen Kilpatrick

Just in Time for Summer: 19 Outdoor Games for Adults

Let me tell you, our activities get heated in the best way possible. Now that the weather is starting to cooperate, I can’t wait to recreate these ‘field days’ with family and friends. If you are looking for fun ways to spend time with your loved ones, keep reading for our list of the best outdoor games for adults to spark ideas for your weekend plans.

Image by Kristen Kilpatrick

Bocce Ball

Bocce Ball is one of the easiest and yet most competitive games you could possibly play. I grew up having bocce tournaments in my grandparents’ backyard and those games are some of my fondest memories to this day. (Although I think we were more invested in what color ball we got to throw than the game itself).

The game is played with eight large balls and a pallina—a smaller ball. The goal is to have your ball land as close to the pallina as possible. While it takes little-to-no skill or effort, watching your ball land right next to the pallina and then roll 10 feet away can definitely get your blood boiling! This set even glows in the dark, so the fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down.


Paddleball is one of my favorite games and simultaneously the one that I am worst at. (But hey, that makes it all the more entertaining!) I have vivid memories of my parents having intense paddle ball competitions on the beach as a kid and they made it look so easy. I would always end up frustrated that I couldn’t hit the ball more than five times in a row. That’s why I stand by the fact that it is, indeed, one of the best outdoor games for adults.

While I’m still unsure if my family plays by the real rules, we love counting how many times we can hit the ball back and forth without it hitting the ground. This set by The Beach People is stunning and makes any player feel like a pro.


Is it just me or have you been hearing about and seeing pickleball everywhere these days? Whether it’s an outdoor double date or a neighborhood tournament, everyone is raving about this game. It’s similar to tennis but is played on a badminton-sized court with special paddles and a wiffle-esque ball. I have noticed more and more parks building pickleball courts and have even been to a few friends’ houses where they have their own in their backyards!

Four Square Volleyball

When researching the rules of four square for my family, I came across this four-square volleyball game set and have been dying to get it ever since. It’s the love child of classic four square and volleyball and seems to have “I’m addicting” written all over it.

The rules are the same as four-square, but instead of bouncing it into someone else’s square, you spike it! This game will be the main event of your next barbecue, guaranteed. But until I get a net and set of my own, I’ll still be playing traditional four square. You should, too.

Corn Hole

Corn hole is one of those classic outdoor games that never gets old. It’s also a very low-energy game, one that you can play with a drink in one hand and a conversation going all at once.

Each player must do their best to toss their bean bag into the hole in the board. Scoring is simple: one point for the bag landing anywhere on the board, two for it hanging off the rim, and three for making it in. While you can always find corn hole boards with more character, I suggest getting a simple wood set and getting creative. I have seen beautiful boards with the family’s name hand-painted across and have been to a few events where everyone gets to sign and date the board using colorful paint pens, add their handprints, and more.

Giant Jenga

You may be wondering if Jenga is truly an outdoor game, but make it giant and it is no longer safe for the kitchen table. (Just ask our executive producer Michelle about her broken water glass fiasco.) If you haven’t played, you basically arrange all of the blocks to build a tower and remove them one by one without letting it come collapsing down. Michelle’s advice? “Just avoid a windy area and definitely keep all drinks out of the crash radius.” This set by SunnyLife is gorgeous and would also make a great gift.


Spikeball is one of the ultimate outdoor games for adults, as it can be played in the grass, on the beach, and even in the pool. This one will definitely get your heart pumping as you have to be quick on your feet to slap the ball onto the trampoline in the middle of the players before it gets away from you. Our motherhood contributor, Brandy Joy Smith, and her family are huge fans of this one—adults and kids alike.


I know this isn’t your typical outdoor game, but when our contributing editor, Anne Campbell sent me these gorgeous Backgammon sets, I couldn’t help but add them to the mix. She recommends setting the game out on a picnic table and it doubles as pretty décor, too! This is definitely a scene I can get behind—sitting in the backyard, Flatland Calvary playing in the background, a glass of rosé, and some friendly competition.

The sets come in green, red, and blue and I shall be spending means an excessive amount of time deciding which coloration so as to add to my sport assortment.


No listing of out of doors video games for adults can be full with out horseshoes. My dad made a do-it-yourself horseshoe pit in our yard once I was little, and though it has since been lined in grass and overtaken by weeds, I’m now dying to repair it up.

All you want is 2 stakes, two horseshoes, and plenty of endurance to hook the horseshoe across the stake. This conventional Texas sport is a favourite of our editor, Lauren Zielinski. She notes that “It’s really not as straightforward because it seems in the event you’ve by no means performed, and nostalgically takes me again to little honky-tonk bars with free jukeboxes, open doorways, and loads of ice-cold Lonestar beer in deep South Texas.”


Whereas some folks may wish to depart beer pong of their faculty days, I like to recommend giving the sport an improve and making an attempt out BucketBall. It’s principally the identical as conventional beer pong, however with larger buckets and a tennis-sized ball. You may play with or with out the alcohol, however the alcohol positively makes it tougher, funnier, and, properly… an out of doors sport for adults. It takes all of the enjoyable and competitiveness from the unique sport however leaves out the lukewarm beer and germ-covered ping pong balls. If you happen to occur to have 20 trash bins mendacity round, be at liberty to make it jumbo and play with a basketball.

Ping Pong

Although this may be performed inside nearly all of the time, ping pong can actually be thought-about an out of doors sport. There are many tables which might be constructed to face up to climate situations, so why wouldn’t you play the sport exterior? Riley, our contributing editor, acknowledges that ping pong requires some talent and coordination however is liked and appreciated by all.

Ladder Toss

Play it on the seashore or take pleasure in it within the yard, ladder toss is a sport that all the time will get folks on their ft. If you happen to’ve all the time postpone collaborating on this sport (like me), now could be your time. It’s a type of video games that doesn’t take a excessive degree of talent and could be loved by all ages. The sport itself is on the less-expensive aspect, making it an reasonably priced addition to your outside sport repertoire.


Dartboards are all the time a load of enjoyable, however generally they will get harmful. With youngsters and canines operating round, it’s not all the time possible to have steel darts flying throughout the yard. That’s why this magnetic dart board set is the right answer that can hold everybody entertained. The boards could be hung from virtually any object that can enable it, making it straightforward to move this sport to any get-together.


As an avid golfer with three daughters who weren’t too into the game rising up, croquet was one thing that my dad liked to arrange within the yard and play with my sisters and me. He liked to show us methods to maintain the membership and take intention as we hacked away making an attempt to get the ball via the small hoops. Once more, we by no means paid an excessive amount of consideration to the foundations, nevertheless it was all the time so enjoyable to see who might make it via the course first.

Contributing editor, Anne Campbell describes the sport greatest: “It’s enjoyable for all ages and it seems good on the garden, whether or not it’s getting used, or not. (Much more good when paired with mint juleps and sundresses…)” We couldn’t agree extra.

Ring Toss

Ring toss video games have all the time been a private favourite. Convey it exterior, hold it on the patio, or take pleasure in it on the kitchen counter. The probabilities are limitless with this moveable and extremely entertaining ring toss sport. It’s light-weight, reasonably priced, and extremely addicting.


Tornado is the epitome of a nostalgic childhood sport. It will get everybody transferring and laughing— particularly once you’re pressured to stretch muscle tissue that haven’t been activated for the reason that years of highschool sports activities. This explicit model is ideal for any pool-party or outside gathering the place getting moist is a assure.


4-In-A-Row isn’t sometimes performed on such a big scale, however placing this sport on the outside patio surrounded by scrumptious appetizers will certainly hold your crowd engaged. It’s like tic-tac-toe—completely easy but extremely thought-provoking. You’ll positively get into heated competitors in the case of this sport!

Garden Bowling

This outside sport is nice for when your group is feeling motivated for some pleasant competitors. In case you have a reliable scorekeeper or board, yard bowling can flip your yard into the high-energy bowling alleys you liked visiting as a child.

This put up was initially revealed on February 14th, 2021, and has since been up to date.