Having a backyard is an excellent opportunity for the whole family enjoying the outdoors together. Whether you own your home or rent it, it’s still possible to deck it out with all sorts of fun activities that make having a backyard great.

Although the summer months are the best to enjoy time in your backyard, it’s still possible to make it enjoyable in the winter as well.  All it takes is knowing which items will give it a year-round summer feel.

Here are some of the best upgrades to your backyard that you can make which will provide fun for the whole family. 

A Pool

Having a pool in the backyard doesn’t just encourage water play and fun pool parties, it’s a great form of exercise!  Even if it’s not in your budget to be able to pay for an in-ground swimming pool, you can find fantastic above ground pools for reasonable prices.

Just make sure that you’re up for taking care of the pool since it will require some maintenance.  You could integrate the pool care into your family’s rotating chore list so that everyone plays a role in keeping it clean.

A Hammock

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a hammock in your backyard.  You can take taps, read a book, or even just stare at the sky.  Hammocks make great conversation pieces since it encourages lounging together and hanging out.

For extra fun, you can get an oversized hammock which fits multiple people in it.  Just make sure that you have something secure to tie both ends to.  Otherwise, you may be in for a painful fall!

A Fire Pit

A fire pit makes a great backyard addition since it can be used as a barbecue and fire pit.  It’s a great way to enjoy winter nights with a warm place to gather around, and in summer you can roast marshmallows and hot dogs.

Just make sure to keep an eye on the little ones around the fire pit and that an adult is always present while it’s ignited.

A Playset

Why should you have to go all the way to the park to be able to play on the slide and swings?  Investing in a playset for your backyard can instantly transform your yard into a child’s dreamland.

As a parent, you can get some work done while they run around in the backyard and burn off steam. Everyone wins!

A Basketball Hoop

If you have a large open space without grass, it makes a fantastic spot for a basketball court.  It’s not only fun for the kids, but you can relive your childhood shooting some hoops yourself!

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