These 12 Yard Games Are So Stylish You May Never Want to Come Indoors

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You don't have to be covered in dirt in order to enjoy exhilarating outdoor recreation. Classic yard games can stimulate your mind and body, as well as liven up your barbecue — and, if you play your cards right, they will even look stunning against your freshly manicured lawn. So gather up your friends for an afternoon spent throwing horseshoes, stacking giant dice, or knocking down colorful bowling pins. Just be sure to provide plenty of water: you might be tempted to never go inside again.

1. Hey! Play! Giant Wooden Stacking Game, $79.99

Commonly known as Jenga, this giant wooden game stacks up to its smaller competition. Enjoy the exciting suspense as you teeter your way to the top in search of a victory.

2. Country Kubb Premium Kubb Set, starting at $119.99

Add some history to your yard games: Kubb was the Viking's favorite outdoor activity (besides pillaging, of course). This gorgeous wooden set comes complete with a dark stain that's sure to look striking against your lush, verdant lawn.

3. Yard Games Giant Wooden Yard Dice, $39.97

Play the world's largest game of Yahtzee with this supersize set of dice. Made from kiln-dried pine, these 3.5-inch wooden cubes are pretty enough to serve as a picnic table centerpiece.

4. Pier 1 Imports Lawn Bowling Game, $49.95

Practice your perfect 300-point game while digging your feet into the grass and enjoying the warmth of the sun with this multicolor bowling set.

5. Best Made Co. The Belgian Dart Set, $148

If you've always dreamt of combining your backyard with your favorite dive bar, then this Belgian dart set from Best Made Co. is the perfect start. Made from end-grain basswood and painted with bold colors, this refined board hits the bull's-eye.

6. Crate & Barrel Badminton Set, $149

Live out your prep school fantasies with this classy badminton set. The shuttlecocks are made with real goose feathers, and the kit contains everything you need for a riveting afternoon game.

7. Jeremy Exley Backyard Tic Tac Toe, $50

Let your brain do all the heavy lifting while you relax with this outdoor-friendly edition of the childhood classic: tic-tac-toe.

8. Restoration Hardware MVP Leather Bocce Ball Set, $319

Fancy bocce is a prerequisite for all summer parties. Get your glam garden game on with this luxurious set from Restoration Hardware. It even comes with a custom-made cowhide carrying case.

9. Skagerak Denmark Akiko Petanque Set, $249

"But I already have a fancy bocce ball set," you say. Except petanque and bocce ball are not the same thing — despite having a similar looking setup. Bocce ball is like bowling, and petanque is more like horseshoes.

10. L.L. Bean Horseshoes, $99

You trust L.L. Bean to create amazing, rugged clothing — now, trust them to craft horseshoes that will stand up to years of wear and tear. At more than two pounds each, these forged-steel horseshoes are satisfying to toss and they will give you a bit of an arm workout, too.

11. Crate & Barrel Croquet Set, $149.95

Whether you're hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed soiree, or a casual poolside barbecue, we highly doubt your guests will be able to resist playing a game of croquet once they see this colorful set. Complete with four mallets, it includes everything you'll need for a rousing match of wits and athleticism.

12. Hathaway Ring Toss Game Set, $17.59

This patriotic set is perfect for a Fourth of July cookout — or just a lazy day spent basking in the sun. And for an extra challenge? Try landing the braided rope rings on the ring toss poles.


Jamie is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado, who writes about real estate and interior design.

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