These are some of the best board games, from family classics to hilarious new options.

By Elizabeth Rhodes
May 07, 2020
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Since the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to trade our nights out at restaurants and bars for time spent at home, we’ve been looking for ways to spice up our evening routines. Board games are a perfect distraction right now, whether you’re at home with family or playing with friends via Zoom. They’ll take your mind off everything happening in the world for an hour or two.

From classic family board games like Monopoly to travel-themed options like Ticket to Ride, there’s a game for everyone. These are 14 of the best board games to keep you and your family entertained while social distancing.

Best Family Board Games

Monopoly

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One of the most iconic board games of all time, Monopoly has been played for decades. Adults will appreciate the nostalgia of the classic game, while kids will love versions based on beloved Disney film series like Frozen and The Lion King.

To buy: belk.com, $20

The Game of Life: TripAdvisor Edition

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This fresh take on the classic Game of Life includes new vacation cards inspired by TripAdvisor. Go through life and race to earn the most money before reaching the end.

To buy: kohls.com, $20

Pictionary

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Unleash your inner artist with this silly family game. You have one minute to draw what is on your card as your teammates guess — the worse you are at drawing, the funnier the game is.

To buy: target.com, $14

Best Board Games for Adults 

Cards Against Humanity

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Since it was created in 2011, Cards Against Humanity has become a party classic. It’s irreverent, funny, and sometimes inappropriate, making it an ideal choice for an adults-only game night.

To buy: target.com, $25

The Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis

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If you grew up playing The Game of Life, you’ll love The Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis. Players start out with $500k in debt and race to pay it off, encountering funny adult obstacles along the way.

To buy: target.com, $20

Best Board Games for Kids 

Mouse Trap

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Players work together to build an intricate mouse trap before trying to catch each other while collecting cheese. This 3-D game is great for kids who love to build things and learn how things work.

To buy: target.com, $19

Candy Land

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Simple enough for kids ages three and up, Candy Land is a favorite for families with young children. Take a trip through the Candy Cane Forest, Gumdrop Mountain, and more in this adorable game that requires no strategy or skills.

To buy: target.com, $6

Operation

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Carefully remove humorous ailments from a patient without making his nose light up. Operation can be challenging, even for adults, thanks to the tiny openings, so the whole family is sure to have a fun time curing “Cavity Sam.”

To buy: kohls.com, $18

Best Travel Board Games

Ticket to Ride

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Build train routes across the United States with this fun game from Days of Wonder. Travel to destinations across the country on your quest to earn the most points. This engaging strategy game is recommended for ages eight and up.

To buy: target.com, $45

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego

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In this game based on the TV series and computer game of the same name, you'll embark on a global secret mission to find Carmen Sandiego and recover the treasures she's stolen.

To buy: target.com, $10

7 Wonders

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In this strategy game, players become leaders of the seven great cities of antiquity, building the marvels that become the seven wonders of the ancient world. This card game is a bit more complicated than others on this list, so it’s best for ages 10 and up.

To buy: target.com, $45

Best Two-player Board Games

Battleship

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Sink your opponent’s ships in this classic naval game that you'll want to play over and over again. Opt for the 1967 retro edition of this two-player game for a nostalgic twist.

To buy: target.com, $20

Guess Who?

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Ask yes or no questions to determine the mystery person on your opponent’s card — the first person to correctly guess their opponent’s character wins.

To buy: kohls.com, $20

Scrabble

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While you can play this word game with up to four players, it works just as well with two. The Tile Lock Scrabble is perfect for at-home or on-the-go use, making it an ideal choice to bring with you once we can travel again.

To buy: belk.com, $28