Here's our list of the greatest tailgating games. They include the standard tailgate party games like cornhole and ladder golf, as well as new and original tailgater games we see as they become available, like rollers and ramp shot. We update the list when ever we see new games come to market that are perfect for tailgating. Feel free to email us with new ideas as well. We opted not to list them in any particular order as they are all great games, some are better for family tailgating with the kids, others are better for hard core tailgate drinking games, both have their own time and place, so they are all listed.
The RampShot Tailgating, Beach and Backyard Gameis a great new four player outdoor game that utilizes two high quality plastic ramps and four racquetball style balls. Teammates stand on opposite sides of the playing area and work together to score points by tossing and/or catching the balls. Three points for a shot directly in the net. One point if your teammate catches the ball on a fly after bouncing off the top of the ramp. If the shooter's toss comes up short and hits the front of the ramp, the ball will bounce back in the shooter's direction. The opposing team member can now come in and catch the ball to gain an extra shot for their team. The first team to 15 wins! Three out of four players are involved in every play keeping everyone on their toes and ready to make the big play. The grooves on the top of the ramp make for unpredictable bounces and highlight reel catches. The Ramp Shot ultra-competitive game is completely unique and is great for tailgate parties, the backyard or the beach, and it's made with pride in the USA!We are working to get this great new game listed on our site, but for now you can still go to Amazon and pick it up following our link below:
While the tumble tower is not new and can be played about anywhere, the new trend in the Jenga style game is to go bigger and taller. The Giant Tumble Tower games are a lot of fun to see how high the tower will get, and can be played while tailgating in any flat parking lot area. The best Tumble Tower set we've seen and now carry is from Victory Tailgate, and the best part is you can now get the wooden blocks laser engraved with select team licenses.
Other versions that we don't carry can be found on Amazon, and while they may not be made in the USA with the same pride and quality, they are a bit cheaper:
Giant Tumbling Timbers
Giant Toppling Tower
Giant Pine Tumble Tower
Kan Jam ® is a game using a flying disc designed for 4 players, similar to a bag toss game but played with a KanJam flying disc instead of bean bags, and ups the excitement using teamwork to score. Kan Jam has been on the market for awhile now and is quickly becoming a tailgating favorite. One team member attempts to fly the Kan Jam's disc into the kan, and the teammate can also deflect the disc, jamming into the Kan. Instead of just tossing the disc in the backyard, Kan Jam provides tons of excitement and is great for backyard competitions and tailgate tournaments. KanJam is light weight and portable making it also perfect for the beach and camping. We have the Kan Jam Flying disc game available at Backyard TailGator.
To be fair, GoSports makes a copy cat version available at Amazon here, it's cheaper but so is the quality:
Spikeball is an intense game that is played 2 on 2. It's sort of a funky mesh of four square and volleyball. A Hula Hoop-sized trampoline like net is pulled tight and placed at ankle level between a pair of two-player teams. You smack the palm-sized ball down on the net so it ricochets up at your opponents. They have up to three hits between them, like volleyball, to control the ball and spike it back to you. If they miss, you score. First team to 21 wins. Spike Ball is an action packed fast game that doesn't take a ton of space so is great for tailgating. Spikeball is also great outdoors, in the backyard, camping, at the beach, and is a suitable game for adults and kids alike. Spikeball is seen as one of the major success stories from Shark Tank, and while we don't currently carry the game it is available below. Also listed are a few copy cat versions that are cheaper, but the quality is definitely in the original Spikeball Combo Meal - 3 Ball Set, Drawstring Bag, And Rule Book
Polish Horseshoes / Beersbee / Frisbeer
Polish Horseshoes is know by several other names, commonly as Beersbee and Frisbeer. Polish Horseshoes is a great tailgating game as long as you have the room to throw a frisbee or flying disc and the ability to do so without hitting people and cars. Beersby combines elements of many outdoor games and lawn sports including throwing, catching, strategy, teamwork, offense, and defense. Frisbeer can be played 1 on 1 or with 2 teams of 2 players. The object of the game is to toss the flying disc at your opponent's pole which has a bottle set on top as the primary target, although some newer variations of the game such as flimsee have a cup placed upside down on the pole, and knock the bottle or cup off the pole. The other player or team must play defense to catch both the disc and bottle to keep the other from scoring. All players remain active every throw of the game keeping the game exciting. We won't go into rules and details here. The leader by far in quality is the Yardies Polish Horseshoes set. It is a bit pricey so we listed other options that we don't carry below, but if your looking for the best, check out Yardies Polish Horseshoes on our site!
As promised, here's links to a few other less expensive versions:
Rollors is a fairly new American classic outdoor lawn game, and combines the fun of bowling, horseshoes, and bocce ball. Rollers requires both skill and a bit of luck. The thick wooden pieces are durable and made with American pride. Rollors has quickly become an instant classic, an you will spend hours having fun with family and friends playing Rollors. Great for tailgating, barbeques, family reunions, graduations, vacations, out in the backyard or on the beach. The Rollors Outdoor Game is available here on Backyard Tailgator today!
Washers is a great game, somewhat similar to horseshoes or cornhole, but much more portable and light weight. There are several versions, the one hole version being the most popular as well as smallest. We currently carry a great washers set at Backyard Tailgator built in the USA by Victory Tailgate. These washers sets are built with quality, the washer boxes feature high grade 1x4 wooden frames, 1/2 inch cabinet grade birch bottoms, 4 inch PVC center holes, premium outdoor carpeting, and high quality latches and carrying handles. The standard washers sets are not stained, shown is an onyx team set available with select team logos laser engraved for long lasting durability and an awesome look. Each washer toss game comes with 8 premium powder coated washers. The internal dimensions are 12 inches by 12 inches. Set comes finished and ready to play. You can check out all of our Washers Games here.
Here are a few other versions we don't carry that are available on Amazon, they are a bit less expensive but don't have the made in the USA quality either:
Ladderball is a fantastic game designed for two to four players, and is great whether you're tailgating, at the beach or in the backyard with friends and family. Ladderball is a lawn game played by throwing bolas (two balls connected by a string) onto a ladder-shaped upright target. Each target has 3 rungs each worth different points, and the bolas are usually golf balls but some have softer plastic balls for young children. Ladderball is one game where the quality can greatly effect the game, as the cheaper sets fall apart quickly while playing and can be quite frusterating. Here are some of the better quality games available on Amazon as we don't carry Ladder Ball at this time.
Cornhole is probably the best known and widely played tailgating game these days. There are hundreds of board makers out there and just as many types of bag toss type games. The original competition boards are 2' x 4' boards with a 6" hole centered at one end, and you throw a duck cloth bag filled with corn through the hole, simple enough right? OK, there's alot more to it and scoring takes a fair amount of skill, we're not getting into rules and tactics here. We carry boards from Victory Tailgate that are awesome quality boards made here in the USA, with just about every design you can imagine, so if you don't see it just ask us. We also carry boards from AJJ Cornhole that are the best quality import boards we have seen. There are many others out there making boards, these two manufacturers are the best we found in overall quality and value. Here's a link to our Best Selling Victory Tailgate Cornhole Boards. Here's a link to of of our favorite AJJ Cornhole boards. There are many others and team, greek, Patriotic and military, NASCAR and others available in the appropriate sections. You can also check out the Cornhole Accessories page for scoreboards, cornhole lights, carry bags to protect your boards, replacement corn filled bags and more.
While we currently on carry top of the line boards, many people are looking for a smaller, more inexpensive set just for fun. If that's you try these out, they are our favorite cheaper and smaller sets from Amazon:
Beer Pong is a close second in tailgating to cornhole, and that's arguable. It's a great game that requires a bit of skill, as well as the ability to hold your beer if your playing as a drinking game. The standard beer pong game consists of a beer pong table, red solo cups, and ping pong balls. Oh, and of course beer. There are also many other sets out now that are off shoots of the original, such as the Megapongo set that replaces the table with smaller stands to make the game a bit more portable, and even floating beer pong such as The 6 Foot Pool Party Barge Floating Beer Pong Table with Cooler and the Pool Lounge Beer Pong Inflatable. Here's a quick list of our favorite Beer Pong Tables.
Also, Don't forget to pick up the Beer Pong Cups and the Ping Pong Balls. There's lots of ping pong balls out there that are great for crafts but terrible for beer pong. These should be good, and you can always check out the Wind Ball if you are looking for something even heavier than a regulation pong ball. The Frozen Cup Tray will keep your cups spaced properly and your beer cold as well: