Let’s be real: What do you really need for outdoor summer fun? Not much—a lawn and some sun, and you’re nearly there. But in case you’re in the mood to class it up, here are ten good-looking summertime diversions.
Above: This playful Bocce set by Brooklyn-based Fredericks & Mae is made of wood, cotton, paper, and silver and is painted by hand; $320.
Above: Don’t lose these. The Leblon Beach Bat Set by Frescobol Carioca is made in Brazil of up to 13 mixed woods per paddle, finished with surfboard resin and a choice of six neoprene grip colors; £190 ($250).
Above: This Backyard Croquet Set is made in the US and comes with mallets, balls, and wickets for four; $248 at Terrain.
Above: This Beach Tennis game from Fredericks & Mae includes a small cork ball, two festive baltic birch paddles, and a drawstring carrying bag; $140.
Above: A Belgian Dart Set from Best Made Company is handmade in the US; $128.
Above: Try your hand at Swedish lawn game Kubb, also known as “Viking chess.” This solid pine Kubb Yard Game is handmade in Minnesota and comes with a jute carrying tote; $100 at Uncommon Goods.
Above: Currently on sale for $49.95 (down from $198) at Terrain, these J. Franklin Field Day Horseshoes arrive in a flat wooden carrying case with leather handle for easy (and attractive) storage.
Above: The Official-Size Cornhole Game is made of plywood with collapsible legs for easy transport; $90.99 on Amazon.
Above: These 3.5-inch solid pine Giant Yard Dice come with instructions for several lawn games; $43.74 at The Home Depot.
Above L: This Tan Leather Lemon Ball Baseball is handmade in New Jersey with black waxed linen laces, based on original baseball designs from the 1800s; $38. R: The Handsome Dan Leather Football is made with brown rawhide leather, natural rawhide laces, and red nylon string; $130, both from The Lodge.
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