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If you like to be active while soaking in some sun on the beach, these games will get you moving. From classic games such as horseshoes and bocce to balancing ropes, ring-toss games and puzzles, having a portable and interactive game designed for the sand is a great way to spend time with friends and family. Just be sure to bring along some sunscreen, so you don't get burned.
Best Bocce: Luxury Beach Bocce Ball by SeaTurtle Sports
A perfect, durable set specifically designed for the beach, the Luxury Beach Bocce Ball by SeaTurtle Sports is meant to handle the wear and tear of the surf and sand. The set comes with eight colorful bocce balls (two in each color) and one purple pallino (for measuring), all made from rust, crack and shatter-proof synthetic polymers that won’t fade in the sun. The bocce balls measure three inches in diameter, so they are smaller and lighter than regulation size, making them a great introductory set for kids and adults that’s easy to tote around. The entire set weighs 13 pounds and comes with a sturdy canvas carry case.
Best Horseshoes: Viva Sol Premium Horseshoe Set
For a backyard classic that you can take to the sand, the Viva Sol Premium Horseshoe Set is a portable option that is ideal for two to four players. To help protect against the elements, the game includes two rust-proof stakes (that you try and hook the horseshoes on) and four, forged steel horseshoes that have protective blue and green coating. The set comes with a lovely all-wood case complete with a built-in bottle opener, sturdy hemp carry handles, and molded foam lining. The game weighs 21 pounds and measures 26 by 10 by 4 inches. Amazon buyers felt it was a well-made, fun game and that the stakes were easy to set up.
Best Budget: Washer Toss by Ropoda
For a game that’s easy to play and won’t cost a fortune, the Washer Toss by Ropoda is fun for the entire family at a rock-bottom price. The set includes small two square buckets with target holes, as well as six blue and red washer discs to throw. The target boxes are completely collapsible, making this easy to bring to the beach. The game is best played on a flat surface, so you’ll need to smooth away some of the sand before starting. You can set up the 12 by 12-inch targets as far apart as you’d like, so it can be customized for kids or adults.
Best Portable Badminton: HLC Outdoor Folding Adjustable Badminton
For a compact badminton set, the HLC Outdoor Folding Adjustable Badminton is a great choice and is especially popular with families. When assembled, the net measures 118 inches by 59 inches and comes with a sturdy, hard-shell carry case that doubles as a base for the net. Together, they weigh 6.1 pounds, so you can easily set up the game on any flat stretch of sand without any tools required. Although it is advertised as a 3-in-1 set of volleyball, tennis and badminton, it's best used for badminton and does not include tennis balls, racquets or volleyballs. However, it does include two badminton racquets and two shuttlecocks.
Best Puzzle: Giant Tumbling Timbers by Yard Games
For a beach game that doesn’t take much exertion, consider the Giant Tumbling Timbers by Yard Games (also known as giant “Jenga”). A twist on the classic board game, this jumbo-sized set of stackable blocks provides hours of laughs and fun as the pieces are slowly removed from the tower. The tower can grow to over five feet when playing, and when packed up into the carry case it measures 16 x 12 x 11 inches (small enough for a carry-on luggage) and weighs 26.3 pounds. When playing on the sand, it is recommended to smooth out an area and bring a foldable step or other flat surface to stack the wood pieces on.
Best Lightweight: Maggift Ladder Toss Game
For a different type of throwing game that’s easy to carry, the Maggift Ladder Toss Game is a challenging twist on horseshoes or ring toss. The set comes with two field-goal like “ladders” with color-coded rungs (representing different point brackets) that can be assembled in less than five minutes. The set includes three yellow and three blue bolas (balls attached to a rope) to toss at the rungs, as well as stakes and a carry case. The set weighs just 5.4 pounds and is a portable and affordable choice for fun on the beach. The PVC framework of the ladder measures 40 by 24 inches and includes built-in scoring.
Best Beach Volleyball: Baden Champions Series Volleyball Set
If your favorite beach lacks a volleyball court, just bring your own with the Baden Champions Series Volleyball Set. The durable set has powder-coated, heavy-duty steel poles and stakes, as well as a weatherproof, regulation-sized net and boundary lines. A volleyball, pump with needle and nylon carry case are also included. When setting up on the beach, you’ll want to dig for the harder, firm sand to drive the stakes into. When packed into the case, the set measures 34 x 8.5 x inches and weighs 17 pounds. The set takes about 10 to 15 minutes to assemble and take down and will stay strong against wind or the volleyball hitting the net.
Best for Balancing: Macaco Slackline
Be the talk of the beach with the Macaco Slackline, a unique balancing rope that will draw onlookers to “give it a try.” The Macaco is a flat, seat-belt-like rope that is attached to two trees using a ratchet to tighten. From there the object is to walk across the “tightrope” without falling. Slacklines are best used in the thick sand to soften the fall (or jump) and can provide a fun core workout. The set includes a 52-foot by 2-inch wide slackline webbing, tree bark protectors, instruction booklet, ratchet, as well as a drawstring bag to carry. It weighs around five pounds.