Tailgating is a great way to enjoy the game day atmosphere, bond with fellow fans, and have some friendly competition. South Carolina, particularly Charleston, boasts a vibrant tailgating scene with games to match its diverse events and laid-back Southern charm.

Regardless of the team you are cheering for, you can find plenty of fun and exciting tailgating games to play in South Carolina. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Cornhole

Cornhole is a classic tailgating game that involves tossing bean bags at a wooden board with a hole in it. The goal is to get the bean bags into the hole or as close as possible.

Cornhole game being played by a group of tailgaters in Charleston SC.

You can play with two or four players, and each team gets four bean bags of the same color. You can score one point for landing on the board, and three points for getting in the hole. The first team to reach 21 points wins. You can find cornhole boards and bags at many tailgating spots, or bring your own. You can also customize your boards with your favorite team’s logo or colors.

Ladder Toss

Ladder toss is another popular tailgating game that involves throwing bolas, which are two balls connected by a string, at a ladder-shaped target. The target has three rungs, each with a different point value. The top rung is worth three points, the middle rung is worth two points, and the bottom rung is worth one point.

Ladder toss game being played at a tailgating event.

You can play with two or four players, and each team gets three bolas of the same color. You can score points by wrapping your bolas around the rungs, or knocking off your opponent’s bolas. The first team to reach 21 points wins. You can find ladder toss sets at many tailgating spots in Charleston, SC. You can also make your own bolas with golf balls and rope.

KanJam

KanJam is a fast-paced and fun tailgating game that involves throwing and deflecting a flying disc at a can-shaped target. The target has a slot in the front and an open top.

The Kanjam game being played by a group of kids.

You can play with two or four players, and each team gets one disc. You can score points by hitting the can, getting the disc in the slot, or getting the disc in the top. You can also score points by deflecting your teammate’s disc into the can. You can score one point for hitting the can, two points for getting the disc in the top, three points for getting the disc in the slot, and four points for an instant win. KanJam sets are available at many tailgating spots. You can also make your own cans with plastic buckets and duct tape.

Beer Pong

Beer pong is a classic drinking game that involves tossing ping pong balls at cups filled with beer. The goal is to get the balls into the cups, and make your opponent drink the beer. You can play with two or four players, and each team gets 10 cups arranged in a triangle shape.

The Beer Pong being played at a tailgate event.

You can fill the cups with as much or as little beer as you want, but make sure to have some water cups nearby for rinsing the balls. You can score points by getting the balls into the cups, and you can also use some special rules, such as bouncing the balls, calling your shots, or using trick shots. The first team to eliminate all of their opponent’s cups wins. You can find beer pong tables, balls, and cups at many tailgating spots, or you can come with yours. You can also play with other beverages, such as soda, juice, or water, if you prefer.

Flip Cup

Flip cup is another popular drinking game that involves flipping plastic cups after drinking from them. The goal is to flip your cup faster than your opponent, and advance to the next round. You can play with two or more players, and each team gets one cup per player.

The Flip Cup adult game getting played at a tailgate party.

You can fill the cups with as much or as little beer as you want. You can play by lining up the cups on opposite sides of a table, and having one player from each team face each other. The game starts with a countdown, and then both players drink from their cups, place them on the edge of the table, and try to flip them over with one finger. The first player to flip their cup successfully passes it to the next player on their team, and the game continues until one team finishes all of their cups. The losing team has to drink the remaining cups of the winning team. You can find flip cup tables, cups, and beer at many tailgating spots, or bring your own. You can also play with other beverages, such as soda, juice, or water, if you prefer.

Spikeball

The Spikeball game being played at a beach tailgate party.

Spikeball is a fast-paced, volleyball-like game that uses a small trampoline and a net. It is perfect for energetic groups. The game is easy to learn, quick to play, and provides plenty of laughs. The goal is to hit the ball onto the net so that the other team cannot return it. Each team has up to three touches to hit the ball back onto the net. There are no boundaries or sides, and the game is played in a 360-degree circle around the net. The first team to reach 21 points wins. Spikeball is similar to volleyball, but with a smaller net and more dynamic gameplay.

Bocce ball

Bocce ball is a game that involves rolling balls toward a smaller target ball called the pallino. The goal is to get your balls as close as possible to the pallino, and prevent the other team from doing the same.

Bocce Ball being played at the beach.

Each team has four balls of the same color, and takes turns throwing or rolling them. You can score points by having your balls closer to the pallino than the other team’s balls, or by knocking the other team’s balls away. The first team to reach 12 points wins. Bocce ball is an ancient game that originated in Italy, and is related to other ball games like bowls and pétanque.

Horseshoes

Horseshoes is a game that involves tossing metal horseshoes at metal stakes in the ground. The goal is to get the horseshoes as close as possible to the stakes, or to ring the stakes with the horseshoes.

A group of tailgaters playing the horseshoes game

Each player has two horseshoes, and takes turns throwing them at the stakes. You can score points by having your horseshoes closer to the stake than the other player’s horseshoes, or by ringing the stake with your horseshoes. The first player to reach 21 points wins.

These are some of the most popular and fun tailgating games you can play in South Carolina.

 

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