The 7 best garden games to buy in 2022

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Of course, August is winding down and we’re probably just a few weeks away from seeing Black Friday ads for holiday shopping. But that doesn’t mean the summer party season has to end. In fact, we’d say that from now until fall is the best time of year for backyard barbecues. That means there’s still plenty of time for barbecues, cold beers and, of course, yard games.

No properly organized party is complete without at least a handful of outdoor social lawn games. We’re talking everything from traditional games like lawn darts and bocce to new favorites like ladder ball and cornhole. Whatever you, your friends, your family, and your uninvited neighbors are, we’ve got our picks for the best backyard games of 2022.

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Best playground game overall

Cornhole PRO regulation size

Best bocce court game

Bocce ball set with travel case

Best bowling inspired yard game

Scatter Lawn game

Best playground game for parties

Spikeball Pro Kit (Tournament Edition)

Best garden game for families

Game of the giant tower recovered

Best backyard game after dark

Light up the set of multi-colored LED discs

Best ladder toss game

Gigantoss Giant Size Ladder Throw Set

What to consider when buying garden games

Most modern garden games, including those above, are suitable for a wide range of ages and activity levels. The best ones have universal appeal, meaning they can be learned, played and enjoyed by almost anyone, including younger children to teenagers and adults (with or without a drink in hand). If you’re shopping for new yard games for your next backyard barbecue, the most important thing to consider is the age of your guests. Young players might gravitate more towards simpler games like cornhole and ladder ball. Older guests may prefer those with a little more strategy like bocce, Spikeball and KanJam.

Ease of transport and setup can also be factors. If the games you’re buying rarely leave your backyard, this won’t be a problem. In fact, many are weatherproof (or at least weatherproof), so they can be set up and left outdoors semi-permanently. However, if you plan on camping with them or taking them to your friends and neighbors’ houses, you may want to consider sets that are light, compact, and easy to set up and take down. An included carrying case also makes them easy to carry.

How we selected

There are thousands of playground games available, with new games and updated versions of old games released every year. We’ve researched dozens of the most popular and best-reviewed games to find the best of the best. We compared everything from ease of learning to build quality to fun factor and price. The list above represents our honest picks for the seven best garden games to buy for your next outdoor gathering in 2022.

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