Best 2020 Board Games to Play During Your Houseboat Vacation

Date: May 15, 2020
Category: Houseboat Vacations

As you drift and float along the stunning beauty that is Lake Mead, you probably aren’t planning to do too much. A bit of sunbathing, perhaps some fishing, and good laughs with friends may be on the itinerary. On the quiet afternoons or early evenings, why not have some fun with a few board games? Gather friends or family around the table to take on a bit of a challenge, build a strategy, or laugh the night away with some of the best 2020 board games to play during your next houseboat vacation.

Board Games Are Good for You

Board games offer a wide range of benefits to users. They encourage memory formation and cognitive skills. Depending on the game, they can even help lower blood pressure (some of those Monopoly rounds can get pretty intense!) even says they are an excellent way to teach and learn critical thinking skills. They also help you have a good time.

When you are vacationing with us at Callville Bay, you plan to have fun. For some, that may mean belly-laughing through Cards Against Humanity with a group of friends to an intense strategy development plan for Catan, here are a few games you’ll want to bring along with you on your houseboat vacation.

Classics: The Best of All Time

There are some games everyone should play from time to time. These classics are perhaps the must-haves generation-after-generation. They are the type to play with the whole family.


With numerous versions and themes available, Monopoly continues to be the go-to game for hours of playing fun. It has long been considered one of the best board games of all time. With a roll of the dice, players move around a board buying up property, increasing the value of the property, and collecting fees from those who land on it. If you’ve ever wanted to own a real estate empire, this is the classic game to do it.


Another classic, Clue is the type of game that all Agatha Christie novel-readers love. It’s the true mystery that needs to be solved game. You’ll work through the game, trying to determine a theory of who did it and how they did it. From uncovering clues to challenging other players, it’s a fun, lighthearted game.


For those who love strategy, Risk is the must-play game of the year. Risk requires some skill (making it a good option for adults or older teens willing to learn). Most people hate the first time they play this game because there’s a good amount to learn. On a houseboat, where you have plenty of time to relax, grab the dice, and start building an army. With up to six people playing, you can overturn each player’s strategies and conquer the world as you go.


Another game for those with some time on their hands, Catan is an excellent choice for strategy lovers as well as those who love a bit of history. Developing the town with every roll of the dice, you get to control the development of a new nation, or just have some fun building skills. For those with kids along on their vacation, this is an excellent choice for is educational benefits.


You may have fond memories of playing this game with your sibling on a Saturday night in the 1980s, and now it is time to pull back out the classic version (or one of the new electronic models) and challenge someone. The game requires each player to guess the location of ships on a grid, one play at a time until all of the battleships are sunk.

New Games and Adult Games: Taking It to the Next Level

You may be looking for something new to learn and play. You may be enjoying your vacation at Callville Bay with another couple or two. Why not have some fun with what you’re playing? These games are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Cosmic Encounter

Though there is a bit of strategy in this game, there is also a lot of humor in it. Every time you open it up, it is significantly different than the last time. There is an element of competition, but lighthearted fun is the route to take. What’s more, it’s rather easy to learn if you are new to it. Players are matched with others every round, requiring them to either fight using a numbered card they have or they need to negotiate the terms.


This game is a bit more difficult to learn, but it is an excellent choice for those who are competitive and want a fast-paced game they can get into right away. You can include as many as 20 players if you wanted to – though you only need two to play. It is a team-based trivia game with questions ranging from pop culture to nature.


For those who love a good drawing game, Scrawl will not let you down. It does not take long to learn and is very easy to play. It’s also a great way to get people to open up and relax with each other because of how funny it can be. It’s an adult game, and some of the topics may not appeal to everyone. Yet, for those who do not mind a bit of adult humor, this can be a good way to spend some time.

Isle of Skye

For adults who want a serious strategy competition, Isle of Skye offers it. The objectives change, giving you a fresh, new perspective after each gameplay. The concept is rather basic, following a Scottish kingdom in which each player gets to claim new territory, it can be quite a bit of fun to play when you want a good hour or more of game time.

Player Ten The Voting Game

This game is interesting, especially if you are bringing together a group of people that may not know each other well on this houseboat vacation. The Voting Game, as it is often referred to, is all about determining which person would achieve different goals and strategies. Determine who would be the most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, for example. It is fun and lighthearted, but a good way to break the ice.

Which of these board games are new to you? Which will you bring with you when you visit us at Callville Bay? Take a closer look at what a houseboat vacation rental here could mean for a long week on the lake. Bring along someone close to you or a group of people who love to have some fun. With a good board game or two, you are sure to love the experience.