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These Are Some of Our Favorite Outdoor Games for Summer

Get your croquet sweaters out and your bocce toss dialed, it's lawn game season.

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If you've ever wanted to find out which of your most well-behaved, unassuming friends is actually a competitive monster, break out the outdoor games as soon as the weather turns up. Ok, so maybe you haven't wanted to find that out, but one errant toss of the bag or mishit on the croquet pitch might tip you off. You've seen cornhole on countless college campuses and probably think croquet is reserved for the Royal Family, but they, and all their yard game brethren, are good for the everyman (30-rack of Natty Light not required).

Lawn games are a must-have for summer hangs. So we compiled this list with some of the most essential ones around. They range in skill level and space required to play, but we are confident that you will find the right game for your next outdoor event, whether you've got an acre or just a few square feet.

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Horseshoes
L.L. Bean
L.L.Bean llbean.com
$99.00

When in doubt, call on a classic — two stakes and four horseshoes are all you need. 

Kubb
Amazon
Amazon Basics amazon.com
$32.00

Chess strategy meets tossing-ability.  You'll get addicted.

Bocce Ball
L.L. Bean
L.L.Bean llbean.com
$109.00

Andiamo! It's time to play the game loved by Popes and nonnas everywhere.  

Wooden Cornhole Set
Overstock
GoSports
$130.00

Yes, cornhole still exists and is still very fun — even after graduation day. 

Maine Coast Croquet Set
L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean llbean.com
$249.00

It's like golf, but easier.

Number Kubb
Amazon
Amazon Basics amazon.com
$28.00

More throwing, more strategizing, also addicting.

Original Disc Toss Game
Amazon
KanJam amazon.com
$36.00

This may take a bit of frisbee skill, but it is one of the most fun games you can play. 

Spikeball Game Set
Amazon
Spikeball amazon.com
$59.95

This game, too, does exist outside college and is also very fun, even if you can't move like you used to. 

Bottle Bash
Amazon
Poleish Sports amazon.com
$40.00

Bottle Bash is most fun with a beer in hand, drinking rules applied. Don't drop the bottle.  

Yard Games Tumbling Timbers
L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean llbean.com
$60.00

Tumbling Timbers, aka Jenga, is an epic game at normal size and even more exciting when it is human-sized. 

Wooden Ladder Toss
L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean llbean.com
$79.00

This classic game radiates summertime nostalgia.

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