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.
When in doubt, call on a classic — two stakes and four horseshoes are all you need.
Chess strategy meets tossing-ability. You'll get addicted.
Andiamo! It's time to play the game loved by Popes and nonnas everywhere.
Yes, cornhole still exists and is still very fun — even after graduation day.
More throwing, more strategizing, also addicting.
This may take a bit of frisbee skill, but it is one of the most fun games you can play.
This game, too, does exist outside college and is also very fun, even if you can't move like you used to.
Bottle Bash is most fun with a beer in hand, drinking rules applied. Don't drop the bottle.
Tumbling Timbers, aka Jenga, is an epic game at normal size and even more exciting when it is human-sized.
This classic game radiates summertime nostalgia.