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9 Camping Games for Endless Fun in the Great Outdoors

With these camping games for kids and adults, you'll never run out of stuff to do at the campsite

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Camping games and activities are not necessarily one size fits all, once the campsite is set up. Some people prefer parking in their portable camping chair under a shady tree with a good book and their favorite snacks within reach. Others hardly stop moving until it’s dark—and even then, they have plans for s’mores, campfire stories or even an adventurous night hike.

But if the ultimate goal of your camping trip is togetherness, you’ll need to bring along some activities everyone will enjoy. These camping games for kids and adults will get everyone laughing and playing along. Pick up one for your crew or as a cool camping gift for your favorite lover of the great outdoors.

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Caliber Games TowerBall Bundle

Made to last, this heavy-duty hybrid of cornhole and darts is the ultimate of camping games for family and friends. With four different panels for varying levels of difficulty (and points earned), the toss game suits ages as young as toddlers. The weather-proof, collapsible tower and eight soft, bean-filled balls fit into a backpack carry case to stash in the car next to the rest of your camping gear.

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Fireside Story Dice Kit

This inexpensive camping dice game helps your crew come up with their own campfire stories to enjoy a few laughs and maybe foster a deeper connection. Each of the 12 dice are color-coded by theme—blue is places, for example—and emblazoned with various symbols that fit the theme. Roll the dice together and combine their meanings as fodder to spark a tale. The handy storage tin keeps dice from going missing in action between plays.

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Classic Hoopla Beach Toy

A throwback to the game of horseshoes, this ring-toss game comes with two plastic stakes and four plastic rings. The bright yellow color makes the pieces easy to find when it comes to cleaning up, and the durable build makes it safe for all ages. Play it in an open field on on the sandy beach at the lake or ocean.

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PaddleSmash Outdoor Game

For two to four players, this outdoor paddle game is a great camping game to play in a field or clearing. It requires a 15-foot diameter of open space to give players room to move around freely. Gameplay combines the rules of Pickleball and Roundnet. Each match lasts for about 15 minutes—great for kids with a shorter attention spans. Just don’t be surprised if they ask for a rematch.

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Jenga Giant JS7 Game

Already love playing Jenga with family and friends? Take your camping trip to the next level with this giant Jenga game. The tower of 54 blocks, each one about 15 times larger than the originals, stacks to over five feet tall. Due to the (obvious) risk of falling blocks, this is one of those camping games best suited for kids ages 11 and up with adult supervision. The game comes with a bright orange zip-up duffle bag for easy storage.

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7-In-1 Wooden Board Game Combo Set

Fantastic for playing inside an RV or tent, this board game combo set is just as welcome on a rainy day as it is on a picnic table in the shade. With the option to play chess, checkers, dominoes, cards, poker and cribbage, players won’t get bored. And because the games are all classics, they offer the chance for parents and grandparents to share quality time with teens. The sturdy wooden box includes dividers to keep all the pieces organized.

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L.L. Bean Resin Bocce Ball Set

With this unbreakable resin bocce ball set from L.L. Bean, you get a crowd-pleaser built to last. Play with as few as two players or with two teams of up to four players each. The convenient canvas carrying case keeps the pieces organized and can be monogrammed with your family name or initials up to 10 characters. This is another one of those camping games where you’ll need a big open space.

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Table Topics Couples Question Game

This adult card game designed for couples makes for fun lightweight entertainment on adults-only camping trips. Set it out on a picnic table for playing during meals or bring it to the campfire in the evening for s’mores and hot cocoa. Though designed for two players, many more can get in on the fun of these quirky conversation-starting cards—just note the game is rated for ages 21 and up.

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Spikeball Game

Though it’s pricier than many on this list, we’re confident you’ll get your money’s worth with the fast-paced Spikeball. The game requires four players, two against two. The action combines the best of volleyball and four square, with points earned any time a team successfully spikes the ball into the central net within three hits—and the first team to 21 wins! The net and three balls come in a drawstring carrying bag for portability. It’s one of those camping games you’ll never get sick of!

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Dianne Bright
Dianne Bright is a California-based writer covering the environment, nutrition, finance, pets and books. She contributes to multiple parenting and lifestyle publications and has also published a book on parenting reflections.