The beach is a little different then the backyard for outdoor games. Some of our favorite games like badminton can not be played if it is too windy, croquet balls not rolling in the sand, or not enough room to setup a volleyball court. Regardless, we got you covered and wanted showcase some of the portable, compact, and most awesome beach games for adults.
Just as fair warning you may just become the center of attention and gain spectators so stock up those coolers. Or read our beach games for kids list.
Best 20 Beach Games for Adults to bring to the Beach:
Tidalball combines the best of Cornhole, Bocce Ball and Horseshoes for a ridiculously fun beach game for adults. Bonus as you can also play this game with a drink in hand (we insist actually). Throw the Tidalball in the hole get 3 point or 1 for landing in the trench. This is a 4 player game where the team split in 2 and throw from opposing ends. Tidalball is super portable and only takes up a small space in your beach picnic bag.
Read our Backyard Games review of Tidalball with rules to play or get the price.
Speedminton is a wonderful alternative for Badminton. It is an outdoor game designed to be played at the beach without a net. The innovative design of the birdie will not get blown easily in the wind. The playing field is setup with two 18 X 18 Feet squares. Grab a stick at the beach to draw a line in the sand to establish the Speedminton playing field. Speedminton combines the best of many racket sports that can be played anywhere.
Find our full Backyard Games Speedminton review and full rules to play including rules for double or Buy Speedminton Online.
SandToss is a beach game that is like Cornhole but based on the rules of Shuffleboard. It rolls up for easy storage and is great for people of all ages and physical abilities to play. Throwing your bean bag on the target and get points for the sections you land on. First player to 21 wins.
The SandToss set includes 1 target, 8 bean bags, and an easy to carry pouch. Not only is Sandtoss made for the beach by it’s name, but being at the beach is an integral part of the SandToss setup.
Fill both ends of the SandToss board with sand for an anchor. Buy Sandtoss Online.
RingStix is played by 2 people throwing a ring back and forth sing 2 sticks each. The ring easily fly up to 50 yards and floats even in strong winds. To launch the ring place both sticks through the ring and quickly pull apart the sticks to send it flying. After the rings launches it begins to spin with an innovative design that stabilizes in flight allowing for a fun yet challenging target for your friend to catch.
RingStix can be played anywhere but it’s portability and ability to play anywhere makes it a great beach game for adults candidate. Here’s our review of Ringstix and How to Play or Buy Online.
Spikeball is our favorite beach game and is something that stays in the trunk of our car in case a game breaks out. Frankly, Spikeball is our favorite game all together. The best way to explain Spikeball is that it is similar to the same rules as volleyball, but instead of hitting a ball over a high net, you hit a small hand sized ball at a round net. Here we are playing at a friends cabin in the summer recorded from our drone and was just awesome.
Spikeball is a 4 player game is requires a lot of physical activity. This means it is harder to play with a drink in your hand unlike most drinking games. Playing Spikeball at the beach is the best because the soft sand helps cushion your fall when diving. We have created a full guide to Spikeball including setup instructions and rules to play. There are different options of competitors as well to look at.
RampShot is an outdoor 4 player toss game that has throwing, catching, jumping, and scoring. Standing 15 feet apart the goal is to score points by throwing your ball into the opposite goal. Your team mate stands on the opposite side you are throwing from and if your ball bounces of the they try to catch it. If you throw the ball too short then the other team has a chance to steal your points. The design of the RampShot Game creates unpredictable bounces and diving catches.
We have created a full Rampshot guide with instructions on how to play and Drinking Rules to add in. Get the price.
Hopefully the beach your playing at allows drinking as this game is one of the top rated drinking games for College students, worldwide. There are many different names and slight variations for the game but all are meant to get you drunk. Originally created as Polish Horseshoes, but now more commonly known as Bottle Bash, Beersbee, or Frisknock. Essentially you throw a Frisbee at a pole trying to knock a target (usually beer bottle) off the top. Your competitors try to preserve points by catching the Frisbee or the bottle if you knock their pole.
We have the beersbee full drinking game edition instructions or check out our other 8 Frisbee Drinking Game list. Get the price.
Sandhole bean bag toss game is very similar to Cornhole the game. The biggest difference is the rollup blanket versus classic wood or plastic board. This makes it much more portable and is fun for players of all age or fitness levels. Specially designed for the beach, it’s easy to dig a quick hole in the sand vs your backyard. Throw the Bean Bag in the cup and get 3 points, land anywhere on the target get 1 point. First team to 21 wins.
Click here to read the Sand Hole Rules or Buy Online.
There are far too many games to play with a frisbee. There are so many Frisbee games that include Tic Tac Throw, Frisbee Bocce, 500 up, or even just playing catch. Let’s start with the basics outdoor game that can still keep you entertained for hours. With a Soaker Frisbee you can play any fun Frisbee game and turn it into refreshing fun at the same time.
Also known as Viking chess and one of the oldest backyard games. Each team takes turns throwing up to 6 wooden Batons at the competitors 5 wooden blocks while standing 24 feet apart. You can play with any number of players from 2 – 12 people making it a great beach game no one will get left out playing. Kubb has more complicated rules then other games and takes longer to play but is worth it.
We have created the full rules to play Kubb here and drinking game rules. Buy online.
We really like Molkky and you will too. Similar concept as bowling but instead of balls you throw wooden skillets at a target trying to knock over the 12 pins.
To win the beach game you must get exactly 50 points without going over. If you do go over 50 points then you are panelized and must go back to 25 points. Each pin is labeled with a number so knock over that pin and get that much. If you knock down only 1 pin you get the same number as it. Knock over 2 or more pins and get the 1 point for each pin knocked over. It why it gets challenging when your in your 40’s (points not age) and can only hit selected pins or you would go over. Best played with 2 or 4 people.
Click here for the Backyard Games instructions on how to play Molkky. Get the price.
Both Bean Bag Toss (Cornhole) and Ladderball on their own are great games. And combined into a multi-combo game of 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 outdoor combo sets is even better. There are even 4-in-1 combo game sets. The combo sets are simple quality games that give you the option to keep playing a different game ensuring you will not be bored.
We put together the 4 most popular combo game sets here.
While we are discussing the classic games like ladderball and bean bag toss, let us introduce a new cornhole hybrid game call BulziBucket.
This game is MUCH more portable to bring to the beach, even though on first glance it doesn’t look like it. The bins are collapsible and easily fold into a lightweight backpack to bring to the beach. Not only can you play this game on the sand at the beach, but it also floats so feel play to play in the lake or ocean.
Played with 2 to 4 players, throw it, hacky sack it, or assist it to get the bean bags into the 3-tiered buckets. Read our Backyard Games BulziBucket review and rules to play or get the latest price online.
Nothing beats a good card game when you not looking to jump and up dive all around the beach. The hard thing about playing at the beach is how many decks I have had ruin by sand, water, beer, or salsa. Perhaps you have had a deck ruined by everything above all at once.
Adding a waterproof deck of cards in the beach bag is a great investment with great return of fun. Buy Waterproof Cards Online.
With Bocce, if you are in an open space like the beach, you can cover a lot of ground and move around a lot. Walking from the throwing line to after the 18 rounds you play can be the perfect amount of exercise for a game. Not too strenuous so everyone can play but also get you up and walking around.
This game is very portable which is why we chose it for our beach games. Read the Backyard Game complete guide to Bocce Ball. or get the price.
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Ring Toss is another classic backyard game that can be played on sand, grass, or even in a pool with the floating version. Simple enough you toss the rings (usually made of rope) around a wooden score board landing on a peg. You can play ring toss with two to four players.
You can play with the traditional version of Ring Toss or bring along Tiki Toss.
The original Disc Slam Frisbee throwing game! Played with 4 people and was one of the games that we loved so much inspiring us to create backyard games. KanJam involves two trash can like bins that are placed 40 feet away.
Each bin has a slot in the middle and is open on the top on both sides. Teams of two, with a member standing behind each bin, seek to defeat their opponents. A volley starts by a team member tossing a frisbee towards the opposing Kan. There are several ways to score. Hitting the bin outright scores 2. Having your teammate deflect the frisbee against the outside of the bin scores 1. Having your teammate Jam the frisbee into the top of the bin scores 3. If you throw the frisbee right through the slot (aka you “slot it”) or if you land the Frisbee directly down the chimney without anyone touching it….then it’s game over. Frisbee then moves to the next thrower, and so on and so on. Game goes to 21.
Read our complete guide to KanJam or the Backyard Games KanJam Drinking Game Rules.