What makes Cornhole so beloved? Why are beer gardens, backyards and beaches littered with bags and boards? What is the best throwing grip? Are there any little known game specific terms I should be using to impress my friends and/or make me look like a nerd? Does Cornhole offer any alternate scoring or games?
Ladder Ball is a recently popular game in backyard, beach, and tailgate entertainment. The sport combines underhand throws, three tier vertical targets and bolas in which to toss. Ladder ball can be played one on one or with teams of two. Point are scored by landing your colored bolas onto the rungs of the ladder target.
Horseshoes is known to be fiercely competitive and takes a strong arm to reach the stakes with the heavy steel shoes. For these and several other reasons, Horseshoes is one our most favorite yard and beach sports. The steel on steel "CLANK!" of horseshoe and stake is just magnificent to hear whether you're watching or playing.
Croquet (Kro-kay) is for everyone young and old; fancy and plain. One may think a perfectly manicured lawn and a precise wicket arrangement are necessary to play the game. Wrong. In fact, any front or back yard will suffice, and the wicket placement is completely up to the players. In further fact, much of the fun is plotting a new, never played before wicket course.Continue reading
Backyard games are the highlight of Spring, Summer, and Fall get togethers. We’ve played all the games in all the seasons. Some games rise above the rest as you’ll see below. Enjoy this hand crafted list.
Each game featured here includes links to what we've deemed the best sets and/or equipment for each game. Also, you can visit links to posts that go more in depth about the game, it's rules, game variations and a little terminology. Click on the image of each game or the link at the bottom to view/purchase the best set available on Amazon. It pleases us to share with you the TOP 20 Yard Games to enjoy with your friends and family.
*Editor's note: These are also great tailgating games.
Cornhole ranks atop our list for fun, simplicity and replay-ability. We list the best boards and bags for you in the Best Cornhole Boards & Bags post. It's a hall of fame game played in backyards, beaches, pubs, and tailgate parties with 2-4 players of all ages. Set up is simple, and can be played for hours. Games are played to 21 points with points that cancel each other out. Have a look at some rules, terminology, and game variations in the Cornhole Rules and Play post. Cornhole is the gold standard of yard games.
Bigger is better. Giant Jenga is no exception to this mantra. Whether played on the lawn or on that rickety table in the garage, this ingenious yard and pub game will become a friends and family favorite. Were it not for the merits of the first eight best yard games on out list, Giant Jenga could make a run at the top three.
Cornhole had a meteoric rise to yard game fame. It currently ranks #1 on our Best Yard Games list. The game is simple, throw the bags in the hole and on the board. The execution and competition however, is what makes the game complex. Having the right boards and bags makes a world of difference. We’ve compiled a best of list for boards, bags and accessories.