This past week, while visiting a little Caribbean island, I was determined to research good games that could hold up to wind, sand, water, and booze. But I got distracted by the sand, water, and booze. We ended up playing a few games, and I saw multiple groups playing games on the beach. As I watched people struggle to hold cards down, I thought to myself “what games would play well outside?” So on the flight back, I had more time to think about it and I’ve come up with a few short lists that should help anyone who wants to plan for some down time while vacationing or just a nice day at the park.
Great Games/Great for Outdoors. List of great games that need little to no special accommodations to play outside.
Telestrations (12 Players, 6+)
Qwirkel (4 Player, Ages 8+, needs a flat surface)
Gobblet (2 Player, Ages 7+)
Pentago (2 Player, Ages 6+)
Hive (2 Player, Ages 8+)
Blokus (4 Player, Ages 6+)
Cant Stop (4 Players, need flat surface)
Hedbanz (Heads Up, Taboo, Charades, or any of these word guessing games)
Zombie/Martian dice (99 Players, Ages 6+, needs a flat surface)
Good Games/Great for Outdoors. These are good games that need little to no special accommodations to play outside.
Backgammon (2 Players, self contained, and no cards to fly off)
Checkers (2 Players, on a table or a blanket)
Chess (2 Players, best on a table)
Dominoes (2 Players, best on a table)
Rummikub (4 Players, needs a table)
Jenga (8 Players, needs a flat stable surface -giant Jenga is always a hit)
Great Games/Good for Outdoors. These are great games that may take a little work to play them outside.
Labyrinth (4 Players, needs a flat surface and little wind)
Roll America (99 Players, needs a flat surface)
Qwixx (5 Players, needs a flat surface)
Doodle Quest (4 Players, needs a solid flat surface)
Spot It water proof edition (8 Players, great for the pool, needs low wind)
Click Clack Lumberjack (7 Players, needs a flat surface, 7 Players, Ages 6+)
Ingenious (4 Players, needs a flat surface)
Hey that’s My Fish (4 Players, needs a flat surface and low wind)
Honorable Mention. These are games that belong on the list for games to play outside, but aren’t at the top of my list.
Please comment with other suggestions for outdoor games.