The sprawling lawn surrounded by the lush Grand Hotel Tea Garden is a spectacular setting for croquet and bocce ball. Both sports were popular in America when Grand Hotel opened in 1887 and today they remain so at family gatherings, garden parties and other social events.
We invite you to enjoy these quintessential summer pastimes with family and friends. All equipment is provided free of charge throughout the day and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Tea Garden, next to the swimming pool.
Bocce is played with two teams of one, two or four players. The object of the game is to roll the bocce ball closer to the smaller target ball (pallino) than the opponent. See basic rules.
Croquet can be played with two to six people. While there are many versions of the game, Backyard Croquet is the most popular variation in America. Click here to learn how to play.
The lawn is also a great place for children and adults to stretch their legs. Spectators can sit on nearby benches to watch the friendly competition. Don’t forget to take photos next to the Tea Garden’s stone fountain and topiaries.
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