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    26 Things That'll Help You Appreciate The Great Outdoors From The Comfort Of Your Backyard

    Go enjoy the outdoors from just out back.

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    1. A full-size inflatable lounge pool for cooling off on hot days when going tubing sounds like too much work. Go plop down in this, enjoy a spiked seltzer, and kiddie pool the day away! 

    Promising review: "LOVE this pool! It's the best purchase I’ve made this year! It's easy to blow up (we used a pump from our blow-up mattress) and easy to deflate and clean (we clean it weekly). The material is thick and sturdy, and doesn’t feel “cheap” or thin. So far we have had six adults in it comfortably. BEST decision I made to help get us through the California heat waves we’ve been having." —hotrodrachel

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99 (available in two styles). 

    2. An outdoor cat tent designed with enclosed mesh, so your indoor critter can enjoy basking (safely) in the sun with you when you feel like catching some rays in the yard. 

    Promising review: "This is a great little tent for cats. I am super pleased with it; would definitely buy and recommend. It's easy to assemble, lightweight, and it comes with everything you need to set it up. And there's virtually no spot that a cat can't see from because it's netting all the way around." —Shann/Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    3. A boho hammock chair — this outdoor seating is gonna make your backyard look lovely and become your favorite reading "nook" in no time. 

    This comfortably holds up to 320 lbs. BTW, If you don't have a tree or structure to hang this on, you can pick up a stand separately.

    Promising review: "No assembly required; super easy to put up and adds so much character to our backyard. It's also very comfortable to sit in. I'm only 5 feet tall, so I'm able to sit cross-legged with extra room." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    4. An outdoor fan to place on your patio and circulate the air around you, helping keep away bugs without the strong smell of bug spray ruining the crisp night air.

    Promising review: "Great fan at a good price! I bought this fan for my backyard to help circulate the air in hot days and to help deter mosquitoes at night around the fire pit. This fan worked perfectly. It has three speeds, the highest of which is super strong. The fan at high speed is a bit noisy, but nothing unexpected of a powerful fan. It is also 100% waterproof, which is a must. My only minor issues would be 1) it would be nice if the fan came with a cover for when it’s not used (I bought 20-inch tire storage covers to do the job), and 2) the fan is only adjustable up and down not side to side — if they could make it oscillate that would be great. Having said that, I would recommend this fan for sure and would not hesitate to buy it again" —Bigdad

    Get it from Amazon for $97.07+ (available in three sizes).

    5. A table-cooler combo so you can optimize your outdoor furniture with weatherproof products that are as useful as they are good lookin'. With a table full of cold drinks by my side, I could spend the whole day in the backyard. I'm staying for keeps. 

    The high top table extending out of the cooler base, with food on the table and drinks and ice in the cooler base
    the table lowered so the cooler part isn't showing next to a fire pit

    Promising review: "Have gotten so many compliments on this already. Great even when not using as a cooler for just a functional end table near our furniture around the fire pit. Can put drinks on there, s'mores stuff, etc. It's nice because it functions as a table without being big and bulky. It can easily be moved around to where it is needed. and the cooler function of course is what sets it apart from all other tables and makes it awesome!" —Amy M. 

    Get it from Amazon for $62+ (available in two colors).

    6. A glow-in-the-dark Capture the Flag set that'll encourage your family to hang out outside, even when it gets dark. Don't waste these warm nights...just play a game that includes some lights! 

    several kids playing the game in the dark while wearing glowing wrist bands
    reviewer image of the glowing products

    Promising review: "The game comes with very easy, animated directions and we were surprised at the high quality of the components. We first tried playing on a camping trip with three families and it only took a couple minutes to learn the game and set it up before we were giggling like crazy people. It was really dark and the blinking lights and glowing orbs added a lot to the excitement. We played with adults, teens, and young children and everyone really got into it because this is something that everyone can do. My children have been asking to play it every night since." —Roy Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $48.49.

    7. Or a jumbo 4-to-score game — this thing proves everything (even basic board games) can be bigger and better when you're outside.  

    Promising review: "This is equally loved by kids and adults. Playing the table top version is boring (to me) but I love this oversized version! If you have the space for it buy it! When computer time is over this is the first thing my kids want to play. I was a reluctant buyer because I wasn't sure it would keep their interest and was afraid it would take up too much space. But we are still playing it over a month later and it easily slides out of the way. Looking forward to when we can again use it during back yard barbecues with friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99 (available in six color combos).

    8. A gazebo with curtains for creating a private oasis even if your yard is exposed to the neighbors. This heavy-duty gazebo is solid and substantial, for folks who want a real gazebo without the real estate commitment. 

    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 $899.99+ (available in four sizes).

    9. A pair of light-up flower bundles to turn your backyard into a mystical spot that gives nature a little extra oomph. 

    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 $19.99 (available in two color combos).

    10. A portable 120-inch screen that'll turn your family's regular movie night into a fun night out (at least, out to the backyard). This is lightweight, sturdy, and reviewers say it's a cinch to set up.

    Reviewer's large screen hung in the backyard during the day
    Review image of an outdoor movie party with the screen in use and half a dozen people watching it

    Promising review: "This projector screen is easy to set up and for the money, it is a great value. It is a stretchy material. The stakes are definitely needed if you set up outside as it is basically a big sail. When you have it strapped down, it does make it feel sturdy. So far we have used several times outside with no issues. It comes in a simple bag, which is nice to pack in the closet as well. This projector is worth the investment." —Kelly Wooten

    Get it from Amazon for $105.99.

    11. A wood fire grill fire pit — your kitchen is about to start sweating, because once this is in your yard that ol' oven of yours is going to be obsolete. Your backyard? It's the best restaurant in town. 

    a repeating video gid showing various meats on top of the fire pit edges
    a copper colored circulate fire pit surrounded by stones with a grill piece attached to the side with meat on top of it
    Breeo, breeoco / Via www.instagram.com

    "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." —Heather Braga, BuzzFeed

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

    12. Weather-resistant Adirondack chairs made of a plastic material that looks like real wood but is resistant to rot — these surprisingly soothing seats are perfect for lounging around outside all season (excuse me; all the seasons) long. 

    a brown adirondack chair by a fire pit
    several light blue adirondack chairs outside

    Promising review: "It took me about 25 minutes to assemble, I will admit I was a little overwhelmed at first, but luckily the instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The finished product was well worth it. The wood look finish is even prettier in person. It has somewhat of a gloss to it but not too much; it looks gorgeous when the sun is beaming on it. Totally surpassed my expectations! The color is also just what I was expecting from the pictures, so it matches the rest of my decor perfectly. The chair is quite heavy; it is totally designed to last! I am sure I will get many years of use out of this. A gorgeous new addition to my backyard." —Barby4321

    Get them from Amazon for $159.98+ each (available in eight colors).

    13. Or a four-piece furniture set that just might make your backyard better furnished than your living room.

    The chairs and table in brown
    chairs in black

    This set includes a loveseat, two chairs, and a table. 

    Promising review: "Wow! Such a great set! It comes in a surprisingly small box — these people must be great at Tetris! It was easy to put together and they even made all the screws the same size! Super comfy and looks great on my new deck!" —Jennifer Cupkey

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99+ (available in four styles).

    14. A high-voltage bug zapper — this is gonna zap insects within a 1,500-square-foot area. All those creepy crawlies who try and ~bug~ you during the summer are doomed! This works so well you're not gonna believe how fast your yard turns into a horsefly cemetery.

    reviewer holding the bug zapper from its handle
    reviewer photo of the bug zapper tray full of dead bugs

    Promising review: "You will not be disappointed. I just moved out to the country and have been working out in the garage late at night. With the weather getting warmer, I've had the garage doors opened and mosquitoes, gnats, and everything else have been finding their way into my garage, so I had to do something about it. I bought this and hung it next to my garage door opener because there's an outlet there and it is way better than expected. I have dead bees, stink bugs, gnats, mosquitoes, and other bugs that I do not know what they are. My 8-year-old son keeps asking me to remove the bottom tray so he can see all of the dead bugs that got zapped. Again, you will not be disappointed, I'm extremely happy I bought this!" —Chris & Jenny

    Get it from Amazon for $29.59.

    15. A SunPrint paper kit sure to spark the interest of artistic souls and clever kiddos. Gather leaves, flowers, and the like in your yard and set them up on this kit while it sits in the sun. Then watch your natural craft come to life!

    Several papers with different leaves and sticks and flowers in the sun
    Finished product, with print of flowers on paper

    Promising review: "This works like magic! It's easy to use and makes a beautiful gift from the kids!" —Sj773

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    16. A canopy so you can create some shade in your sunny yard without taking away from the open fresh-airy-ness that brought you outside in the first place.

    Canopy in corner of backyard between the house
    Reviewer's backyard at night, with the canopy above a wooden frame that is covered in twinkle lights

    Don't forget to purchase the hardware set to attach this canopy to your home.

    Promising review: "Have had it up for over a month and it is holding up very well to sun, wind, rain, and storms. I take it down when I get enough forewarning of strong storms, but sometimes we've been out of town and it has held up quite well. We roll it up and to the side using the installation kit anchors when we get warning for strong winds. But, like I've said, we've come home after storms to small branches down in the yard, but the sail was good. It does a great job of blocking the sun and cools the house and patio quite nicely from the summer sun." —Ms. Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98+ (available in seven sizes and colors).

    17. A set of outdoor string lights — these'll be a particularly *bright* idea if your goal is dazzling everyone who steps into your yard at night.

    A patio at dusk with round string lights on a black wire
    Reviewer image of one level house with edge of roof covered with the lights

    Promising review: "These are so cute and perfect! I have a decent-sized balcony and have been looking to turn it into a relaxing area. I got my lights within a few days and I immediately opened up my package — everything was there, no broken bulbs and a spare bulb. I then tested out the power and these lights are perfectly bright and still set a very calming and intimate scene." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in four lengths and six colors).

    18. A two-person hammock for days when you'd love to ~hang out~ outside but don't have time for a full-fledged hike. A spot between your sycamores is just the thing! 

    reviewer in the hammock with their husky
    person hanging from stand at a beach

    Promising review: "This is absolutely perfect!! I hung it between my jeep and a tree and it was PERFECT!!! If I had the need for more I would buy more. I'm 5'2" and can lay out fully from side to side with a few inches to spare. It held the weight of my daughters and myself." —Kayla Hillard

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and 12 colors).

    19. A bubble machine your family is gonna love so much they are sure to *burst* into smiles every time you turn it on. 

    reviewer's photo of their child enjoying the bubbles
    reviewer's photo of the bubble machine pumping out bubbles on their deck

    Promising review: "This is so much easier than giving your kids bubbles only to have them spill all over their clothes and the ground. It is truly a 'set it and forget it' item that provides hours of entertainment, even for a little ones! Such a great investment." —Allison A.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    20. A flexible adjustable mister that'll help you keep your cool when some sun would do you good but the heat makes you hide inside. 

    reviewer photo of a green mister outside by someone sunbathing
    reviewer photo of a blue mister attachment wrapped around a pole

    The mister will cool the surrounding area by 20 degrees, and it comes with an interchangeable flower-shaped misting head for a fun, whimsy detail.

    Promising review: "Works exactly how I want it to. Provides a fine, cool mist on the patio, allowing us to enjoy the backyard until sunset without breaking a sweat. Easy to set up. It was out of the box and cooling us off within minutes." —Debra L. Kusek

    Get it from Amazon for $30.11.

    21. A multi-functional fire pit can keep your toes cozy when there's a chill in the air. When it's hot outside? Fill the pit with ice, snacks, and drinks!

    Promising review: "I love the functionality of this fire pit so much! To just sit by the fire or to decide we want to do a quick barbecue on it is just so wonderful! I appreciate the cover that comes with it to protect it from the elements. Assembly was quite easy. I look forward to having this for many years to come. I highly recommend this product." —Kimi

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors). 

    22. A retro beach umbrella sure to add some charm to your backyard *and* protect your skin from cooking under the summer sun.

    reviewer's umbrella by pool
    spotted umbrella attached to backyard table setting

    Promising review: "SO cute!! I half expected it to be a junk but it’s so darn cute and pretty sturdy for the price!! Definitely exceeded my expectations. I will probably buy another!!!" —Meghan Small 

    Get it from Amazon for $94.55+ (available in seven colors).