Let’s be real: What do you really need for outdoor summer fun? Not much—a lawn and some sun. But in case you’re in the mood to get active after your nap, here are ten of our favorite summertime lawn games:
Above: An Akiko Petanque Set from Skagerak comes with six steel balls and two teak target balls in a wood and steel box with handles; currently on sale for $75 at goop. 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 13 neoprene grip colors; $310.
Above: Handcrafted in Poland, the Wooden Bowling Set is made with Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and finished with beeswax and botanical oils; $64.99 at Schoolhouse. Above: This Backyard Bocce Set includes eight resin balls, one resin jack ball, a rule book, and a pine carrying case; $198 at Terrain. Above: With two beechwood rackets and a tethered rubber ball, a Cable Tennis game is €29.50 from Manufactum. Above: A portable Horseshoes Sets with four forged-steel horseshoes, two steel stakes, and a wooden carrying case is $99 from L.L. Bean.
Above: The Maine Coast Croquet Set is $249 at L.L.Bean. Above: The Official-Size Cornhole Game is made of plywood with collapsible legs for easy transport; $127.77 on Amazon. Above: Jeremy Exley’s Yard Dice are handmade from solid pine wood. Each is a 3.5-inch cube; $50 for 6 at Uncommon Goods. Above: A Corknet turns any outdoor table or flat surface into a table tennis table. Made of natural cork, the freestanding ping pong net comes in two parts, making storage easy; $60 at MoMA Design Store (includes two paddles).
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