Tech & Gear Accessories The 9 Best Beach Games for Adults of 2021 Easy ways to have fun in the sun By Ashley M. Biggers Ashley M. Biggers Instagram Twitter Ashley Biggers is a journalist specializing in travel, culture, and art. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/01/21 Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. The Rundown Best Overall: TidalBall Set at Amazon "It’s the Goldilocks of beach games because it excels in portability and fun." Best Budget: Win Sports Pickleball Paddle Set at Amazon "This affordable set of paddles only weighs 10 ounces, so it's easy to carry to the beach." Best Active: Spikeball Pro Kit at Amazon "The rules are similar to volleyball, but the twist in the game makes it more portable." Best for Pairs: Kan Jam Disc Game at Walmart "Teams of two work together to throw a flying disc and deflect it into their opponents' goal." Best Drinking Game: Bucket Ball Beach Edition at Amazon "Beer pong gets a beach-side upgrade with this full-sized kit." Best Board Game: Lulu Home Jumbo Checkers at Amazon "A soft, woven material replaces the standard hard playing board for a more portable version." Best Classic: Bocce Ball Set with Soft Carry Case at Amazon "Italian lawn bowling is a traditional outdoor game, and this set makes a perfect beach companion." Best Lightweight: GoSports Ladder Toss Game Set at Amazon "Although this set only weighs 10 pounds, it doesn’t sacrifice anything when it comes to sturdiness." Best International Feel: GoSports Kubb Viking Clash Toss Game Set at Wayfair "Reviewers noted that this Swedish lawn game is highly durable." Heading to the beach is fun and entertaining, but for an extra dose of entertainment, a great beach game can be just what you need. The options can range from games that require major skill to those that are just pure luck. And of course since you'll be carrying these along with you, an easily portable game with a carrying case is key. Also, if you have a range of ages in your group, finding a game that can accommodate all skill sets is important. Here are the best beach games. Best Overall: TidalBall Set Courtesy of Amazon Buy on Amazon What We Like Includes a mesh carrying bag Lightweight Easy for all ages What We Don't Like Slightly expensive In the contest for the best games to play at the beach, TidalBall often lands on top. It’s the Goldilocks of beach games. Created by a group of friends who tired of carrying cornhole boards and bocce sets to their favorite South Carolina shores, this game excels in portability and fun. All of the game components, a scoop, two sets of three playing balls, and drink koozies, fit in a single 10-ounce mesh bag. That the game materials include koozies to keep your drink cold tells you all you need to know about the game’s number one value: fun. The game can pop up anywhere since the playing field takes shape on the sand. Players scoop holes and a trench into the sand, with points awarded for tossing the balls into the holes and avoiding the trench. Both pairs and groups will enjoy this game. Best Budget: Win Sports Pickleball Paddle Set Buy on Amazon What We Like Easy to grip handles Great for beginners What We Don't Like The balls can be too light With a price-tag of just more than $20, this affordable set of pickleball paddles is perfect to throw into your favorite beach bag. Even without a net, players enjoy batting the wiffle-style balls back and forth with a pair of paddles. The team who gets to 11 points with at least a two-point lead first wins. Weighing only 10 ounces, the set is easy to carry to the beach. Plus, the balls’ lightweight construction means you won’t have to worry about taking out your neighbor while they're trying to have a beach-side nap. Best Active: Spikeball Pro Kit Buy on Amazon Buy on Walmart Buy on Olympiasports.net What We Like Extremely portable Durable materials What We Don't Like Can have a slight learning curve Expensive The game of Spikeball turned judges’ heads on the TV show “Sharktank,” in which entrepreneurs pitch investors to earn funding for their million-dollar ideas. It has captured players’ attention, too, with reviewers commenting the game is incredibly fun and addicting. Spikeball’s rules are similar to volleyball, a traditional beach game, but the twist in the game makes it more portable and travel friendly. Players compete to bounce a ball off a net and cause the opposing team to miss a return shot. The lightweight two-on-two game has a take-anywhere set up and is easily assembled on the beach. The pro kit has the benefit of being regulation tournament size and includes texturized balls for more controlled throws. The 10 Best Beach Tents of 2021 Best for Pairs: Kan Jam Disc Game Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods Buy on Walmart Buy on Dick's What We Like Easy to play Also available in a glow in the dark model What We Don't Like Only for a limited number of players Billed as the top outdoor party game in the United States, Kan Jam combines the best of Frisbee golf, cornhole, and basketball. Teams of two work together to throw a flying disc and deflect it into their opponents’ goal, aka the can. The teams compete to be the first to claim 21 points or gain an instant victory by slinging the disk into the Pac Man–like slot. Reviewers appreciate the competitive nature of this game and commented they were still able to maintain distance from eachother. They also commented that this game takes up less space than other similar games, like cornhole, and it collapses easily for transporting. Best Drinking Game: Bucket Ball Beach Edition Buy on Amazon Buy on Walmart What We Like Portable tote bag Weighs less than seven pounds Great for all ages What We Don't Like Expensive Beer pong gets a beach-side upgrade with this full-sized kit. The game comes with tennis-ball sized balls for pitching into a pyramid of large buckets. This set includes six buckets for each team. It also comes with two hybrid balls that are durable enough to stand up to windy conditions. A handy carrying bag makes this a breeze to bring to the beach. The games’ rules don’t require drinking, but, if you bring your own beer, it can easily become a friendly drinking game. Best Board Game: Lulu Home Jumbo Checkers Buy on Amazon Buy on Bonanza.com What We Like Reversible design Easy to clean What We Don't Like Doesn't come with a carrying case If you’re ready to graduate from beach toys this travel-ready checkerboard is right for you. A soft, woven material replaces the standard hard playing board for a more portable version. It’s easy to fold up and tote along the beach, the lake, or on a picnic. The 28 x 28-inch reversible rug has a checkerboard on one side and a Tic Tac Toe board on the other, which means even more opportunities for gameplay. Best Classic: Bocce Ball Set with Soft Carry Case Buy on Amazon What We Like Convenient carrying case Includes a measuring tape What We Don't Like Balls can crack or chip Italian lawn bowling is a traditional outdoor game, and this bocce set makes a perfect beach companion. Up to four players compete to toss their bocce balls closest to the small, white pallina, and strategy comes into play as they knock other players’ balls away from the goal. The game is ideal on any surface; hard- and soft-packed beaches each introducing different challenges for players. Keep in mind this game might not be a top choice for crowded beaches, however. The bocce balls are quite heavy and may not always land where you intend them to! Best Lightweight: GoSports Ladder Toss Game Set Buy on Amazon What We Like Easy to carry and store Built-in score keeper Kid friendly What We Don't Like The PVC tubes can get hot In ladder toss, players swing bolas (a pair of balls connected with a rope) and try to wrap it around the rung of an upright, ladder-shaped target. Each rung merits different points, as players strategize to be the first to arrive at 21 points. The lawn-game favorite is perfect for the beach thanks to this easy-to-carry set. Made of PVC pipes, this game weighs in at only 10 pounds. Although it’s lightweight, it doesn’t sacrifice anything when it comes to sturdiness. It’s also easy to assemble and disassemble and carry anywhere thanks to an included carrying case. The 13 Best Beach Games of 2021 Best International Feel: GoSports Kubb Viking Clash Toss Game Set Courtesy of eBay Buy on Wayfair What We Like Travel case Great quality What We Don't Like Expensive Weighs 20 pounds In the Swedish lawn game Kubb, teams compete to knock over their opponents’ wooden blocks with wooden batons. The game is bowling meets horseshoes and features Viking-inspired graphics on the pieces. Reviewers noted that this set is highly durable, with little wood breaking off even after the most powerful throws. Buyers should take note if portability is a factor, the playing sets come in two different sizes: regulation and backyard sizes. Final Verdict A top pick for beach games is the TidalBall Set (view at Amazon). Besides being easy to play and having a minimal learning curve, the set comes with a carrying case made of mesh. So simply shake off any sand or debris and pack the game away. What to Look for in Beach Games Portability First and foremost, a compact, portable beach game should be taken into consideration. Of course this can mean finding a game that has a convenient carrying case, especially one with a strap you can throw over your shoulder. But also be mindful of the weight of the actual objects. Wooden blocks will surely carry more weight than softer plastic balls or objects. Versatility Though these are beach games, many also work well in the backyard or for a picnic. Finding a game that's truly versatile will really help stretch your dollar. This can mean a game board that's reversible or a base that works just as well on sand as it does grass or even concrete. Why Trust TripSavvy? Ashley M. Biggers has been playing beach games since she was in kindergarten. Over the years, she’s developed strong opinions about what works for a day on the coast. She and her husband also built their own sets of Kubb, Jenga, Ladder Toss, and Connect 4 for their lawn-game-themed wedding reception. The 13 Best Beach Bags of 2021 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 9 below. Continue to 9 of 9 below.