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    39 Things To Help Make Your Backyard A More Exciting Place To Be

    Beware: there is a s'mores kit in here that's likely going to make you very hungry.

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    1. Solar-powered LED garden lights that'll change colors and create the illusion of rising bubbles to make your yard feel like an escape to Alice's Wonderland.

    Solar powered lights in different colors lighting up a pathway
    YoungBlossomPlace / Etsy

    YoungBlossomPlace is a small business based in Irvine, California that sells an array of lights and home goods.

    Promising review: "I actually got these for my visually-impaired daughter, and they work wonderfully! Beautiful, bright, and entertaining! Best part is that they are solar-powered, so there's no need to buy a ton of batteries!" —Michelle MacIntosh

    Get it from YoungBlossomPlace on Etsy for $21.82.

    2. A gazebo with curtains to provide shade for you and your friends while you ~throw shade~ about the other people in your lives.

    a gazebo with curtains tied back

    Promising review: "This gazebo went together beautifully. My husband was VERY impressed with the quality and ease of assembly. He likes things that go together smoothly! Yes, there are many pieces but just follow the directions and you shouldn't have any trouble. Two of us put it together in a leisurely and relaxed six hours. All the bits and pieces lined up perfectly making the assembly a fun experience. The color is lovely and the roof is opaque so lighting gets through and the roof also has UV protection." —MW

    Get it from Amazon for $999+ (available in four sizes).

    3. A row of colorful flower pots with draining holes and hooks that'll brighten up your deck with very minimal effort.

    a row of colorful buckets with plants in them

    Get 10 from Amazon for $25.99.

    4. An easy-to-assemble outdoor loveseat and coffee table, because the warm weather is right around the corner and you deserve somewhere comfortable to soak up the sun.

    patio with wooden coffee table and cushioned love seat
    Heather Braga/ BuzzFeed

    I got this exact set for my new home and my sister and I were shocked at how simple it was to put everything together. I swear, it literally only took us 10 minutes for both pieces. Both the loveseat and the table come with covers to ensure they're protected from the elements when not in use. The cushions are plush and comfortable and I love the wooden accents. Since taking this photo I also added the full sofa and an accent chair to the set!

    Get them from Amazon: the loveseat for $431.11, table for $140 or from Zinus; the love seat for $549, the table for $249.

    5. A heart-shaped pool that is durable enough for both adults and kids, so you can pretend you're on vacation in the Hamptons instead of your apartment's tiny patio.


    My cousin and I put one of these in the tiny patio of her NYC apartment last year during peak pandemic summer. We used it for months and thoroughly enjoyed closing our eyes and pretending we're at a 5-star tropical resort. I recently snagged a similar one that's Malibu Barbie–themed (eeeep!) for my new home's backyard since I don't have the means to invest in a full-out pool just yet — can't wait to use it!

    Get it from Amazon or Funboy for $99.

    6. A supersized version of Connect Four that'll provide your squad with hours upon hours of simple fun in the sun. The only downfall is you might never want to play the regular version again!


    Promising review: "Best purchase! We bought it for the kids but my husband and I stayed up until 1 a.m. playing!! It was a hit at our party! Great quality. Yes, you can hit the bar and release the discs, but it hasn't happened to us and wouldn't be a big deal if it did! Totally worth it! So glad we got it!!" —Rechel B

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    7. Or Kan Jam, an outdoor frisbee toss game that'll start as a casual game of catch and most likely evolve into a SUPER competitive battle for greatness.


    This is another game my friends have been playing at the beach since we were in high school — it's always been a big hit. The rules are quite simple: break into two pairs but position yourselves across from one another. Then all you have to do is aim your frisbee toss at the "kan." If your teammate deflects the frisbee to hit the kan, you get one point. If the disc hits the kan on its own, that is two points. If your teammate taps the frisbee into the kan that's three points. If by some lucky chance you throw the disc RIGHT INTO THE SLOT, you win!

    Promising review: "This is a ridiculously fun and easy lawn game. It's got the strategy of horseshoes with the fun of a team activity. The rules are simple, the equipment is made to last — if you are looking for a semi-active game to bring to the beach, family barbecue, or even company picnic, this is it!" —J. Caldwell

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three styles).

    8. Or really create an outdoor room within your backyard thanks to a dome trellis you can put plants onto for a straight-up magical effect.

    Sunrise Domes / Etsy

    Sunrise Domes is small business based out of South Killingly, Connecticut, that specializes in geodesic domes. Reviewers also use these structures from this Etsy shop as sculptures or even to contain their yard turkeys!

    Get it from Sunrise Domes on Etsy for $1,050.

    9. Light-up flowers to make your boring old yard feel like Alice's Wonderland once nightfalls.

    an array of light up flowers glowing at night

    Promising review: "The pictures don't do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don't look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I've had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!" —Zavanna

    Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two color combos).

    10. A portable grill you'll use to grill up a delicious feast, even if you don't have an abundance of outdoor space.

    a red portable grill with two small platforms on each side, one has a pair of tongs on it while they other has bottles of ketchup and mustard
    colemanusa / Via

    Promising review: "This grill is great! It has three burners so the things that you are grilling does not cook unevenly. I purchased a 20 lb-to-1lb propane adapter and hooked up my 20lb propane to it. It is easy to assemble. I usually prefer a charcoal grill over propane, but this grill came close to giving me the charcoal grill taste, it did not disappoint me. Awesome product!" —Michael S

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99 (available in four colors).

    11. A classic bocce ball set like the one your grandparents had growing up that'll bring back fond memories for them and help you all create new ones together.

    a person bending down in grass to pick up red, green, yellow, and blue bocce balls next to a white zippered square case to hold the balls in

    Promising review: "New game for the family! I was not familiar with bocce, but saw this pop up on Amazon and thought it looked like fun to try. Came in a nice little case, and I found as long as I left the cardboard in the case it kept it sturdy. Balls are nice-looking, and have held up after many games. This game reminds me a lot of bowling-miniature bowling. Fun family game!" —D.D.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available with resin balls or soft rubber ones).

    12. A rustic tic-tac-toe board that'll pair nicely with your yard's aesthetic and give you a chance to roast your nieces and nephews in a classic game they're unfamiliar with since it's not on a screen.

    tree stump with painted rocks as a tic tac toe board
    Milia Dunes / Etsy

    Milia Dunes is a small business based out of Downers Grove, Illinois.

    Get it from Milia Dunes on Etsy for $49.

    13. A bird feeder specifically designed to keep squirrels from encroaching on your feathered friends' lunchtime — it has a motorized bar that automatically starts spinning when a squirrel climbs onto it so they can't gobble up all the seed.

    a tube-like bird feeder with a round perch around it

    Promising review: "I have several bird feeders hanging from a tree, which obviously attracts squirrels. This feeder, the tipper version, does what I need it to — the ring at the base of the feeder is sufficient support for birds to access the feeder ports, but it wobbles when squirrels try to balance on it. Job done! Even better is the FLIPPER bird feeder. This is more complicated, with a motor that makes the base rotate when sufficient weight is on it. Birds are just fine, but squirrels are flung off. The effect is that this TRAINS the squirrels to avoid this feeder entirely. They give up! I should have to recharge the motor every so often, but I don't have to, since the squirrels keep their distance. Bravo, FLIPPER! I also like the fact that you can put several pounds of birdseed in it at a time. Great for winter, where I don't want to be filling it all the time. So very happy with this purchase." —C. McCloskey

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in four styles).

    14. And a picnic table that'll easily attach onto your fence or a tree to give your bushy-tailed buddies a comfortable place to dine (that ISN'T your bird feeder).

    a squirrel nibbling on corn on the cob while standing on a small picnic table that is screwed into a fence
    DelgadoHCTreasures / Etsy

    DelgadoHCTreasures is a small business based out of Akron, Ohio that sells an array of handmade woodcrafts and yard art.

    Promising review: "I love my new squirrel picnic table!! Just put it out last evening and they already enjoyed the corn :) It was also shipped fast and free; overall great shopping experience." —Cristina Ungureanu

    Get it from DelgadoHCTreasures on Etsy for $24.30.

    15. A playhouse for your kids (or friends' kids) that looks like an actual lil' seaside shack and'll make your backyard the go-to destination of the summer.

    a cute child-sized play house with a light blue tiled roof, white windows, a darker wooden door with windows, and tan wooden like walls

    Promising review: "Purchased for my granddaughter. It was surprisingly easy to build. I was able to do everything aside from the roof by myself. She’s happily playing away" —ABW

    Get it from Target for $299.99.

    16. Flamingo lawn ornaments you'll love so much you'll want to name them and make them part of the family.

    a close up of a pink flamingo lawn ornament

    Promising review: "I recently bought a house, and decided to place these in the yard before my girlfriend (who also owns the house) came over after closing. These were awaiting her arrival and she got a laugh out of it. I'm sure the neighbors love us too — now they know exactly the classy type of individuals we are! They have been surviving the Colorado winter pretty well too." —George

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. Globe string lights that'll transform your backyard into the hipster haven you've always imagined it could be.,

    Promising review: "This is a really nice set of lights. I used them to run along the inside of the fence around my backyard. Very well packaged, with all the bulbs individually protected with bubble-wrap sleeves in sectioned boxes. As others have noted, the easiest way was to run the cord, and then add the bulbs. All of them worked perfectly. It's the perfect kind of light for this use — a bit of a fairyland feel — not too bright, yet turns a dark yard into something special." —Peter Guither

    Get an 100-foot strand from Amazon for $51.98 (available in three colors).

    18. Waterproof playing cards, so you can get a fierce game of Go Fish going without fear of the moment your kids inevitably spill their drink all over the table.

    transparent playing cards made of a plastic material so they won't get ruined if they get wet

    Promising review: "These playing cards are a HIT. I take them out with me for social events and when visiting people, even to the beach. We just play and play. So you can get them wet and they won't soggy up and tear it just become a little hard to shuffle. It is so cool that they look like you can see right straight through them but you can't." —Tabitha

    Get them from Amazon for $5.97.

    19. A portable karaoke microphone that'll transform your outdoor patio into a karaoke bar from the moment you connect it to the app of your choosing. Ahem, that's just me clearing my throat to treat you all to my rendition of Aladdin's "A Whole New World.",

    Promising review: "We need something to let the kids sing without having to turn on the whole karaoke system. This works like a charm. The Bluetooth connection helps as well. You can just turn on YouTube and look for any song and they probably have a karaoke version or a song-a-long they can sing to. The range is also great. We were outside and the volume can be heard nicely." —Phong Bui

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in 11 colors).

    20. A tabletop fireplace with removable glass so you can enjoy a freshly made s'more any time of year — yum.

    The small tabletop fireplace with rocks and a small flame
    1Man1Garage / Etsy

    You can order this with or without the sand and rocks. The only thing that you will need to purchase separately is the 2.6-oz. gel fuel cans, which you can get from Amazon. 1Man1Garage is a small business based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

    Promising review: "Soooo cute and easy to put together. We bought a clear spray to put on to protect it and because we actually really liked the look of the burned side. Boyfriend and I bought it to make s'mores for Valentine's. It was a perfect night in." —Bethany Schneider

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $18+ (available in three styles).

    21. An oversized blanket you can spread out on your lawn to catch some rays, read a book, or have a spontaneous picnic with your S.O.

    a striped red, blue, pink, and white blanket

    Promising review: "Purchased this blanket to keep in my car for the impromptu picnic or beach visit. I love the colors and that it has a handmade look to it. It’s lightweight and is softer than other blankets this style. All and all very happy with my purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in eight styles).

    22. A tiki torch with an adjustable flame that'll bring chill *island vibes* to your home while also maintaining the farmhouse style you've carefully crafted.

    a model adjusting the flame on the tiki torch which has a white design on it

    Promising review: "Love these tiki torches! They are a little pricier than the average torch, but they look so nice in our backyard! They keep the mosquitoes away and we've gotten so many compliments on how they look." —cbr87

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    23. A jumbo set of tower blocks that, just like the ones you played with as a kid, will probs stress you out as you strategize and keep you entertained for an entire afternoon — only this time you'll get some fresh air while you're at it.


    Promising review: "Purchased these for 'game nights' on the terrace during the summer and they were much more popular than I expected. These are solid and seem like they will last quite a while. Solid set and bag makes storing a breeze!" —Josh

    Get them from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in two sizes)

    24. A mini projector you can set up in your yard for the ultimate movie night your kids will never forget — good luck convincing them to watch anything other than Frozen.


    This projector is a 10/10 because it can be hooked up to anything — a TV Box, an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a ChromeBook, tablets, Blu-ray DVD players, SD Card, USB flash drives, and smartphones. It even comes with all the cables necessary to connect!

    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to get a projector for some time now, but was having a hard time deciding on one. I’m glad that I decided on this one! The price point is great, the unit comes with cables, an adjustable stand, and a remote, and the setup is easy. I hooked it up to my phone and was able to view live sporting events that I was watching on my phone! After the game was over, I hooked it up to a DVD player and my kids watched Frozen and were able to operate the machine themselves. They went crazy when we aimed it at the ceiling while laying on the floor to watch!" —Liz Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $59.67.

    25. And a projection screen that'll take your outdoor entertaining to the next level. Imagine what the Big Game will look like on this baby?!

    a screen with a football game projected onto it

    The screen is 120-inches and made of an anti-crease material. It also comes with brackets and ropes for mounting purposes.

    Promising review: "This screen is perfect for our use. We bought it for outdoor movie nights whether being on the garage door, in the backyard, camping, or inside the garage. It’s very easy to install with no wrinkles and shows a great picture. I’ve attached pictures that show how well I can still see the picture despite being surrounded by 7,000 Christmas lights in close vicinity." —Hallie H.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    26. A classic rope hammock, in case you have ~someone special~ in your life you'd like to snuggle up with while you gaze into the night sky.

    a strung together hammock with a wooden bar holding all the strings together and a green embroidered pillow sitting on top of it
    LL Bean

    Promising review: "Last weekend I visited some old friends who, 29 years ago, I gave this hammock as a wedding present. Am happy to report the hammock is alive and very well after all these years! Not many products you can say that about after 29 years! Bravo!!" —Pilling

    Get it from L.L. Bean for $119.

    27. A waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, so you'll never have to fumble with headphone wires at the beach or pool again.

    a tube-like speaker at the beach

    I used the Flip 4 years now and recently upgraded to the Pulse 4 and neither have failed me yet! The music is clear and crisp even when I'm using it outside at the windy beach. Definitely a fan — it does exactly what it should!

    Promising review: "I’ve had this almost three years now. Couldn’t be happier with this speaker. It has accompanied me on many beach trips and float trips. It’s gotten covered in sand, dunked in water, and just keeps on playing. Music quality is solid with plenty of volume. I've owned quite a few Bluetooth speakers and this has been my fav. You won’t be disappointed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95 (available in 14 colors).

    28. A watermelon-shaped pool float that'll look absolutely spectacular in the Instagram pics you'll definitely be taking at home in your pool this summer. Don't forget to tag @HarryStyles.

    two models on a watermelon pool float

    Promising review: "Love this float; it's huge! Plus it has a way to blow it up 90% of the way with a hair dryer. The last little bit, to make sure it was good and firm, I had to blow in it but it definitely wasn't a lot of work compared to other large floats. This easily fits two people so you don't have to worry about a Titanic scenario of leaving Jack in the water. It also comes with a nice black rope that goes all the way around it, so if you wanted to take this thing down a river and tie it to other people's floats you can easily do that!" —Bloveshia

    Get it from Amazon for $32.49.

    29. A gas grill, complete with four main burners, a stainless steel side burner, a ceramic sear side burner, and a glass window so you can peek on your burgers to see if they're ready to be flipped without letting all the heat escape by opening the lid.


    I have this grill and it's *chef's kiss* fantastic. So far we've only made basic hamburgers and hot dogs on it, but will be really putting it to work now that the nice weather has arrived. What I was most impressed with though is how Lowe's delivered it COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED right off the truck! Worth every penny.

    Promising review: "I cook every evening on my grill, either direct or using cast iron pot and pans. Most grills have flaws, but this grill has none that I can find! Very even heat across the entire grill, wheels are open and easy to lock and unlock. Incredibly easy to clean drip pan! Case Iron grates. The list goes on!" —BearHusker

    Get it from Lowe's for $399.

    30. A set of massive bubble wands so enchanting that even the angstiest of teens won't be able to resist giving them a go., Amazon

    The set also comes with instructions on how to make the BIGGEST bubbles possible!

    Promising review: "The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference." —Lauri

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    31. A firepit that'll also double as a wood fire grill and help transform your not-so-manicured yard into one anyone would mistaken as an up-and-coming outdoor eatery.

    Breeo, breeoco / Via

    My dad got one of these to test out and has been so excited to take his grilling *and* backyard game to the next level. Not only does this fire pit look awesome and provide a cozy place for your family to hang out, but because it's made with a specific COR-TEN material you'll be able to cook all kinds of things right along the edges. Pretty freakin' cool. If you'd rather *not* place your steak directly on the pit, you can go for their grill grate and cook it above the flames.

    Get it from Breeo for $349+ (available in three styles).

    And! If you really want to take things to the next level, try out this firewood from Cutting Edge Firewood that's specifically been made for cooking outdoors. My family and I tried out their Hickory wood in our fireplace and it was incredible.

    32. And a Hershey's s'mores kit that'll go nicely with your firepit *and* make sure you and your family always have a sweet treat waiting to be made.

    an open hershey's chocolate bar next to a plate of s'mores nearby a fire

    The kit comes with 9 full-size Hershey bars, 1 bag of marshmallows, and 2 packs of graham crackers. If you're not great at math (ahem, me) that makes 18 s'mores! You might also want to grab these reusable roasting skewers for the full experience.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.89.

    33. Spikeball, an easy-to-transport game that is kinda like volleyball and will have your friends asking you to bring it on every beach trip., Amazon

    My friends are OBSESSED with Spikeball. While I'm not super coordinated and prefer to be a cheerleader (I'm accident-prone, OK!), this game is one of the most fun beach activities I've seen in a minute. It has been described as "if volleyball and foursquare had a baby" and can be played in a variety of ways.

    Promising review: "This is a great beach game. Its simplicity as a spin on volleyball will have you and your friends be the envy of the beach. On multiple occasions I was asked where I bought this game. Great fun, and a great product. Assembly was simple enough. It's just plastic clips and then finding a way to get the net tight enough onto the hoop. You might think it isn't springy enough but it will be. Remember... This isn't a trampoline!" —Btschultz

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    34. A pop-up tunnel play set that'll keep little ones busy so you can kick back and enjoy an ice cold beverage.

    an outdoor tunnel system for kids featuring a bunch of primary colors

    Promising review: "Easy to set up and tear down, and I like that it comes with a storage bag. I also love that it can be configured different ways and you can just use pieces and not the whole thing if you want. The addition of stakes for using outside is also handy. Overall a great product and my kids love it. They got it for Christmas and two months later it is still holding up well after regular use. Even the cat loves it!" —Azure

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99.

    35. A six-person tent to pop-up in your backyard for the ultimate staycation — you and your family are going to have the *best* time stargazing and roasting marshmallows without leaving the comfort of your property.

    a gray and green pop up tent

    Promising review: "I have had this tent since 2009. I have been using this for hunting in frozen eastern Washington. Plus I camp every weekend (almost 40 to 50 times a year this tent gets set up). It has never leaked or blown away with the wind. There are lot of fancy, expensive tents out there but this is a very sturdy and well built all-season tent." —Gill Laddie

    Get it from Cabela's for $449.99.

    36. Festive summer-themed melamine plates you can break out during your next BBQ to embrace the season.

    a set of colorful dishes with a medallion print on them

    Promising review: "This set of melamine dinnerware is truly stunning! It arrived well-packed with no damage. The pieces are beautifully made and larger than I expected. The 'Medallion Warm pattern' is vibrant and colorful and just puts a smile on my face. The pieces are lightweight yet strong and dishwasher safe. (Note these are not microwave safe.) These will be perfect for al fresco dining and camping this summer. Five stars!" —AJ

    Get service for four from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in six styles).

    37. An outdoor bistro set to add a pop of color to your yard while also motivating you and your partner to eat more meals outside.

    two teal dining chairs and a matching circle table

    The set comes with two chairs and a table.

    Get it from Novogratz for $249 (available in four colors).

    38. A dog ball launcher that'll encourage your pup to get a lil' extra exercise in their day *and* give you another excuse to breathe in some fresh air in your yard.,

    Promising review: "I have a young golden retriever who would retrieve balls and Frisbees all day long if my arm could take it. Bought this and love it! I can throw the ball a lot farther and for more throws, so he gets more exercise. Love that I no longer need to bend over to pick up the ball or have to touch a slimy, sandy, filthy ball! It's quite intuitive to use and within about three throws you'll have it down perfectly. You can also use regular tennis balls with it." —J.Essie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.07.

    39. And a snow cone cart, so on super hot summer days you can retreat to the privacy of your own yard and eat as many as your heart desires., nostalgiaelectrics / Via

    Not to mention it'll look so *cool* on your back patio.

    Promising review: "I love this snow cone maker. Very easy to make a lot of snow cones in a short time. The kids at my daughters birthday party loved this. Well worth the money. Am now going to put this on my deck for days I'm out swimming and playing with my 3-year-old. " —elizabeth givens

    Get it from Amazon for $221.74.

    Actual footage of me and my pals just chillin' in my backyard:

    The Walt Disney Company

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