The 8 Best Outdoor Games of 2019

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First Look

Best Overall: Jenga GIANT Genuine Hardwood Game at Amazon

“It can be stacked up to 4 feet high.”

Best Budget: Jarts Game at Amazon

“A safer version of lawn darts.”

Best for Children: Haywire Group Flickin' Chicken at Amazon

“It can be played by anyone who can send a chicken soaring.”

Best for Families: GoSports Giant Wooden 4 in a Row Game at Amazon

“Comes with a zippered case for storage or taking the game on the go.“

Best for Toddlers: T-Ball Set For Toddlers at Amazon

“The tee is adjustable, so it can grow with your child.“

Best for Groups: AmazonBasics Ladder Toss Set at Amazon

“For big groups, you can organize a tournament and play all day.”

Best Portable: GoSports Portable PVC Framed Cornhole Toss at Amazon

“Easy to take on the go to the beach, tailgate parties, and the park.”

Best Active: Spikeball 3 Ball Kit at Amazon

“Has a cult-like following by those who can't get enough.”

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Jenga GIANT Genuine Hardwood Game


This Giant Jenga game tops our list for one major reason—it’s a ton of fun, and a great choice for an outdoor family game night. The anticipation, the crashes, and the screeches are all part of the game, and it keeps players coming back for more. With 54 wooden pieces that are eight times the size of regular Jenga pieces, it can be stacked up to 4 feet high. Add the Jenga Booster pack (sold separately), and you can build it even higher.

Players take turns removing pieces of the tower. As more pieces are removed, the more harrowing the job becomes. Whoever sends it crashing loses. It’s great to play with multiple players, as teams or tournament style. Your kids can even practice their skills and play by themselves.

Best Budget: Jarts Game

For a solid, go-to game of fun for everyone at a great price, there’s Jarts. Like the lawn darts you may remember from childhood, but without the dangerous metal tips, Jarts are a safer version of the same game (the tips are rounded and rubber). Players take turns throwing the Jarts through the air, trying to land them in the target rings. The first to 21 wins. The set comes with two rings and four Jarts, and it’s recommended for ages 8 and up.

While some customers note that the Jarts can bounce out at times, others say that’s part of the fun. They also note that not worrying about getting stabbed by a dart makes it more relaxing.

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Best for Children: Haywire Group Flickin' Chicken

What kid wouldn’t want to toss a rubber chicken around? The game is designed for two to four players, and while the recommended age is 6 and up, it can be played by anyone who can send a chicken soaring. The set comes with four rubber chickens, a target disc, and a score pad.

Players take turns flicking the chicken at the target, trying to hit it in the least amount of tries possible. But it’s not as easy as it may seem, as the chickens bounce and roll about when they land. After nine rounds, the player who racked up the least number of tries, wins. Players are also encouraged to make up their own rules, because, well…we’re talking rubber chickens here!

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Best for Families: GoSports Giant Wooden 4 in a Row Game

For some friendly family competition that never gets old, there’s this giant four-in-a-row game. Players take turns inserting the coins into the slots, attempting to get four in a row. It’s simple yet few games are ever the same. The set includes 42 durable, plastic coins (21 red, 21 blue) and the wooden game frame, which is 3 feet high and 32 inches wide. It also comes with a zippered case for storage or taking the game on the go.

Best for Toddlers: T-Ball Set For Toddlers

Batter up! This adorable t-ball set will be a hit with little sluggers who may want to play softball or baseball when they get older. It comes with everything they need to play ball, including a tee, bat, and six balls. While it’s recommended for kids ages 3 and up, you can get the whole family involved, pitching to older kids and adults when it’s their turn. The tee is also adjustable, so it can grow with your child and accommodate batters of differing heights.

Best for Groups: AmazonBasics Ladder Toss Set


Who doesn’t like a good game of Ladder Toss? It's an game that's as fun to watch as it is to play. For big groups, you can organize a tournament and play all day for bragging rights. Easy to assemble and lightweight, it also comes with a carrying case, so you can take it on the go to play at the beach, park, or wherever else you want to bring the fun.

It comes with two ladders and six bolas (three red and three blue), which you throw at the ladders, trying to loop them around. It’s recommended for ages 14 and up, as the balls on the bolas are like golf balls and can do some damage if someone’s aim is off.

Best Portable: GoSports Portable PVC Framed Cornhole Toss

You can’t go wrong with Cornhole, and this set from GoSports lets you go anywhere you want with it. This classic outdoor game comes with everything you need for the corniest fun around, including two cornhole boards, eight beanbags, a carrying case, and a copy of the rules. The boards each measure 3 x 2 feet and are lightweight and collapsible.

Most online customers say it’s a great value for the price. While some note that the boards can be a bit bouncy unlike wooden sets, others say that just adds to the fun. Most say it’s nicely made and easy to take on the go to the beach, tailgate parties, and the park.

Best Active: Spikeball 3 Ball Kit

This is no passive game, rather it’s a slamming, smashing good time. Spikeball has a cult-like following from those who can't get enough of the action it provides. The set includes a target, three balls, a carrying case, and a copy of the rules. Teams of two players each take turns hitting the ball, with three tries to slam it into the net. The first team to 21 wins.

Online customers say the game is addicting and a great outdoor workout for players of all ages. They note that it’s easy to learn, but warn that you will break a sweat. Many say they keep it in the trunk of their car, so they’re always ready for a game. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the best outdoor games on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered over 30 different toys to buy overall, screened options from over 20 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 4 of the toys themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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