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20+ Sizzling Summer Party Themes


The dog days of summer are creeping up on us. It won’t be long before the days are sweltering and pool parties and ice cream will be our only solace from the heat. If you’re a summer bunny who thrives in the sunshine, then take a good long look at this list of fun and fabulous summer party themes for a little inspiration! We’ve gathered some classic themes, some super unique ideas, and all the little details you need to throw an epic summer bash!

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20 Sizzling Summer Party Themes

In this article, we are going to focus on summer party themes for adult friend groups. However, any of these themes can be easily adjusted for a children’s birthday party, a corporate team-building event, a quirky bridal shower, or a fun family reunion. Just make a few tweaks and get creative!

1. English Afternoon Tea Party

There’s nothing more classic than a posh English garden party. This is the perfect summer party theme idea for a bridal bash, a teenage birthday party, or a group of ladies who need an excuse to dress up and wear fancy hats!

You’ll need lots of greenery, and a few fresh flowers for centerpieces. Go for a boho, vintage look by using collected small glass jars with a single large flower in each. Fingerfood is best for this kind of brunch soiree. A few mini sandwiches, yogurt-covered pretzels, some fancy cupcakes, and a charcuterie board will do. For drinks, mimosas are a necessity. Fresh lemonade or ice cream punch is also a great idea. While the Brits would serve traditional Earl Grey, if summer in your region is really hot, you might consider a fruit-flavored iced tea instead. Make sure to set up a little photo booth, as you’re going to want to document your extravagant fascinators!

2. 70s Disco Days

The iconic nightlife of the Disco Era produced a playlist and a dress code that will live on in infamy. Bring back the good old days of sparkle, roller skates, and platforms will a modern-day disco. Whether you turn your living room into a nightclub or rent a larger space, music is key here! Load up your Spotify with Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Gloria Gayner, and The Village People. Crank up the speakers, and keep the Galliano-infused drinks flowing. Cocktails in the 70s were as fancy as the outfits, so make sure you have plenty of fruit, little umbrellas, and flair! Disco balls, confetti, and a strobe light round out the necessaries for this incredibly fun summer party idea!

3. Inflatable Festival

Want to throw a pool party? An easy and hilarious theme is to have your adult pals purchase their own gigantic inflatable and create a costume that matches. When your boss shows up in a tutu with a unicorn floatie, you know you’ve hit the nail on the head! Costumes and floatation devices are likely to be vibrant and fun, so keep the rest of the party theme light as well.

Fill your playlist with the Beach Boys, Abba, and Smashmouth. Set up some outdoor games. Fill metal bins with ice, beer, and fruity alcoholic beverages. Grill up some hot dogs or hamburgers, snag a few bags of chips, and so easy desserts like cookies. If you don’t want to mess with cooking, hire a fun food truck to park in the backyard for the day! Whether you’re throwing a work party, birthday bash, or just some Friday night fun, this is one of our favorite pool party ideas!

4. Southern Ice Cream Social

Nothing screams summer like an ice cream sundae. This is an easy party to set up, and one that most people will love. All you need is a long table with a plastic tablecloth (ice cream is messy), some vibrantly colored dishes for toppings, and several flavors of ice cream. Then, pile the table high with sprinkles, marshmallows, fruit, whip cream, caramel, chocolate, nuts, and candies. This works great for a quick, casual family get-together or as an assist to a pool day!

5. Superhero Dreams

Who says capes are for kids? Capes are for everyone! Having your friends show up dressed as their favorite superheroes lets you in a whole new side of their personality. It’s fun to guess and then be surprised at who shows up as what character. You will definitely need a photo booth for this one, and a few props is not a bad idea either. To make your party next level, focus your games on strength, agility, and power. Which superhero can lift the heaviest stone? Which superhero can run the fastest sprint? Who can “leap tall buildings with a single bound?” Also, a costume competition is pretty much a given here.

This theme goes along well with a summer bbq or a 4th of July gathering. Party favor ideas include comic books, epic stickers, or medals for winning the superhero events. Superheros consume a lot of food, so you might consider making it a potluck!

6. Water Balloon Extravaganza

It’s likely that some of your fondest childhood memories involve some sort of water fight! A water-themed summer party is the perfect remedy for the scorching summer temperatures. This one works best if you have a nice-sized field or lawn to play on. Even better, if you have hay bales or trees to hide behind. Divide your guests into teams. Supply each team with their color of water balloons, and let the battle begin. If you get hit, you’re out. The last team standing wins a prize!

To add to your water theme, set up a few kiddie-pool conversation areas, where you and your childish friends can gather with beers or adult kool-aid. If you really want to have a good time (and bruised hip bones), head to your home goods store for a roll Visqueen. Grab some dish detergent, and create your own giant waterslide!

7. Treasure Hunt

For an easy and exciting summer party idea, utilize the Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt App to explore your own city! Choose a sightseeing tour, an urban art walk, a spooky ghost tour, or a fun-filled bar crawl, and gather your crew. Our hunts are epic fun! We include destination-specific trivia challenges, photo and video prompts, and a designated route that takes you to all the top spots. We can even customize a hunt for your special occasion. Also, we do birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette bashes, custom team-building events, and any other major milestone you feel like celebrating! Check out all your options, and book your summer party today!

8. Wild Wild West

What is it about Cowboys and Native Americans that fascinates us? The images of an untamed frontier, shootouts, cattle rustling, and saloons just captivate the imagination somehow. For a fun outdoor party, have your crew come as their best Wild West character. Rustle up some grub over the bbq, and compete in outdoor games like fake calf roping, hay bale toss, horseshoes, and cap-pistol target shooting. End your evening with cowboy tales and s’mores around the bonfire. If you want to do party decorations, hay bales make great seating arrangements. Old boots are good facades for wildflower vases, and upside-down cowboy hats make great bowls for beef jerky and potato chips.

9. Brazilian Carnival

There’s no summer party like Carnival! It’s the original block party extraordinaire! If you want to throw a summertime bash that nobody will soon forget, then put on your Brazilian party spirit and get ready to go big!

You’re going to need lots of colored beads and vibrant feathers. Glitter, confetti, and layers of fabulous colored cloth should be your table settings. The music should be vibrant and Latin. Serve up platters of barbecued meats and fresh fruits and veg. As entertainment, you can set up an arts and crafts area where friends can design their own elaborate headdresses. You will also need to organize a dance competition. It’s compulsory! As an incentive for participation, make sure you have some really good gifts for the best costume, dance competition winner, best headdress, etc!

10. Indian Holi Color Party

If you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing Holi, or the festival of colors, in India, you know that it’s a time of immense joy and absolutely unabashed fun! For a fantastically exuberant summer party, create your own DIY Holi Festival!

As guests arrive, you will give each of them a white gown (or a cheap paper painter’s suit from Home Depot Works). While you can certainly buy Holi dust online, you can also create your own vibrant colors with rice flour or corn starch and food coloring. You will need buckets and buckets of it! When it comes to the color war, there are many options for dispensing. You can fill balloons, use your hands, or let each person figure it out on their own. We also highly recommend a large cache of loaded water guns.

For food, go with simple appetizers, or go big with a full traditional Indian meal. Your local Indian food restaurant will be glad to provide it, and they’ll be overjoyed when they make the delivery! For decorations, you will need yards of colored cloth. Indians often use elaborately decorated silks or saris for table decor, photo backdrops, and furniture covers. The brighter and more colorful, the better!

11. Spanish Flamingo Fiesta

Spice up your summer bash with a little Latin flavor! Spanish flamingo dancing is exuberant, loud, and absolutely spell-binding! The costumes are flamboyant. The moves are seductive, and the music captivating.

You’ll need a playlist of traditional flamingo music. Friends will need advanced notice to get their costumes together. For food, we recommend a giant communal bowl of Paella, a traditional Spanish rice dish with vegetables, sausage, or seafood mixed in. It’s traditionally served in the center of the table in a giant flat saucer, and everyone digs in. If you want to take it to the next level, hire a Flamingo instructor to give your crew a few tips!

12. Watermelon Crawl

For a cute summery party theme, head to your local watermelon patch! Watermelon is an awesome party favorite because it’s multi-purpose. Its gorgeous color scheme allows it to serve as its own decoration. Plus, it can be used as food and drink as well. Hop on YouTube and watch a few watermelon-carving videos to create festive food bowls and decor out of your melons. You’ll need some pink and green tablecloths and a few fresh flowers, and you’re all set on decor.

For games, watermelons again come in so handy! Watermelon bowling is easy to set up. A watermelon toss is a given. You can set up a relay with a wheelbarrow and watermelons. One melon is put in the barrow, and the person runs to the other end of the field, where their teammate will put in another watermelon and run back to the other end. It continues until one team can longer push the barrow. If your friends are a bit redneck, watermelons make pretty good targets for shooting as well.

Watermelon cocktails, watermelon wine, and watermelon water (a traditional Mexican drink mixing watermelon, sugar, and water into a kind of Kool-Aid) are musts as well! You can also institute a slice-eating competition! This one might get messy, so don’t forget the napkins.

13. Lumberjack Jamboree

With the rise of axe-throwing facilities all over the world, we think a lumberjack-themed party would be a blast! While flannel is not really a favorable summer outfit choice, you can always cut off the sleeves! This is a Daisy-dukes and boots, redneck kind of function, so you’ll fit right in.

Gather a few small hatchets from your hardware store. You’re going to need some targets, whether they are official ones, or just an x painted on a board… you do you. Aside from ax throwing, a wood chopping competition would be fun. You could also have log-rolling races, wife-carrying competitions, and a wood-stacking race!

14. Diamond in the Rough

It’s time to get glam! This summer party theme is all about the shine. This one would work great for a bridal shower, tween girl party, or bachelorette party. Each guest will come in their best Marilyn Monroe or Jane Mansfield attire. Pink roses and tubes of red lipstick are the perfect centerpieces. Champagne should be flowing too!

For entertainment, you can set up a “diamond ring” treasure hunt. If you have young children, then set up sensory bins, where they dig for diamonds (rock candy). Have a Glamour Shots booth to document your over-the-top costumes with a few pin-up pics, and end your night with an Audrey or Marilyn movie marathon!

15. Roman Romp

There’s just something fun about a toga! Plus, the Romans really knew how to party. For this summer dinner party, you’re going to need a low-level table with reclining cushions. We suggest renting a wine fountain and serving up heaps of Mediterranean food on large silver platters.

For games, you’re going to go traditional summer Olympics. (Yes, that is Greek, but we all know Romans stole a lot of their fun from the Greeks.) Javelin and disc throws, wrestling matches (keep your toga on please), and footraces will be rewarded with golden-spray painted laurel wreaths, and the ultimate champion should receive a gift certificate to the local Mediterranean restaurant!

16. Big Boy Summer Camp

Ahh… summer camp! Days on the lake, sneaking kisses with your summer crush, and nights around the campfire, what a time! Bring back the joy of summer camp with a day of traditional outdoor games. Think tug of war, ring toss, archery, capture the flag, pool volleyball, etc. This one obviously lends itself to a cookout and s’mores, and we think this theme would be perfect for the Fourth of July.

17. Murder Mystery Night

When the summer days get too steamy, move the party inside for a Let’s Roam Murder Mystery Party. Our murder mystery themes are entirely scripted, and you’ll be guided through the night by our engaging party hosts. You’ll invite your crew. Let them know which article you have chosen so they can dress appropriately, and provide food and drinks to match your theme. Connect through your favorite video chat software or our own platform, and we take care of the rest!

18. Partner Swap Costume Party

A few years ago, there was a trendy Halloween costume for couples, where the woman dressed as herself, and the man dressed as his best version of her. The Insta pics were fabulous and hilarious. We love it, and we think it would make for a fun summer party theme.

This one works great for an engagement party or milestone anniversary. Challenge each of your friends to come dressed as their best imitation of their partners. Prizes should be given for the best costumes. Games should revolve around couple’s initiatives… think The Newlywed Game, couple trivia, etc

19. Meeting of the Mentors

Another costume party idea that works great for work parties is for all your crew to come dressed as their mentor or hero. It could be a real-life person, a movie star, a sports hero, or a famous artist. As adults, we don’t talk about the people we look up to very often, but we can learn a lot about each other by analyzing who we idolize.

Make it a potluck, asking each person to bring a food item that somehow represents their mentor. That could be Grandma’s famous chocolate cake, Hemingway’s Daiquiris, or Elvis’s peanut butter and banana sandwiches. You might have a hodgepodge of food, but it will be fun!

20. Polynesian Pool Party

A luau is a pretty classic summer party but for good reason! It’s colorful, it comes with great games and food, and it reminds people of the beach… and who doesn’t want to be on the beach? For your Polynesian party, greet your guests with flower leis. Serve up some fresh sushi or Poke bowls. You could also slow-roast a pig if you have the patience. Keep the pina coladas flowing too.

Set up the tiki torches and blast that Moana soundtrack. Have a widdling competition to make the best totem pole. Compete in a hula hooping contest or a limbo challenge, or learn to do a traditional hula dance together!

Time to Party

We’re running low on time here, and we could keep on going for days! There’s still the Nile River Rendezvous, Arabian Nights, the Venetian Masquerade, Scottish Highland Games, and Christmas in July, but we’ll save those for another day! For now, we hope you found your next bash ideas on our list of the top 20 sizzling summer party themes! Now, get out of here, you have a party to plan!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make summer break fun?

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What are the best summer party themes?

For a fun summer party with a bit of flair, consider a Brazilian Carnival, a Spanish Flamingo Fiesta, or an Indian Holi color festival!

How do you throw a unique summer party?

For a unique summer party, consider choosing a cultural-themed party like an Ancient Roman Romp, an English Tea Party, or a Brazilian Carnival!

What are some fun, themed party ideas?

For a unique party theme, have a Lumberjack Jamboree with axe-throwing and log rolling or an Inflatable Festival where all your friends come in costumes matching their giant inflatables!

What are some fun summer activities?

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200 Truth-or-Dare Questions for Adults


Truth or dare is a classic game of embarrassment and intrigue. While a popular pastime for teenagers and preteens, truth-or-dare questions for adults can add an intensely entertaining aspect to your cocktail night. If you want to probe the inner thoughts of your besties, dig out their deepest, darkest secrets, and have a good belly laugh, then take a few of these truth-or-dare questions and insert them into your next friends’ night out!

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How does it work?

In case you’re unfamiliar with the game… or it has been a while, here’s a quick rundown. It’s pretty simple. You choose player one, either by spinning a bottle, rock-paper-scissors, or by age, however, you choose. That person becomes the questioner. They either spin the bottle or ask the person to their left the question “truth or dare?” That person chooses their fate.

If they choose “truth,” they will have to answer a (probably embarrassing) question put forth by player one. If they choose “dare,” they will be challenged to a silly or possibly embarrassing task. Sometimes, the question is too intense. In that case, the player can choose to pass, but, there’s usually a punishment. For adult friend groups, the punishment is generally a shot of tequila or something similar. You can also use candy, fake money, or something of the sort, to pay a fine if you don’t complete your question. The person with the biggest pile of candy at the end of the game wins a special prize.

How to Choose Truth Questions

Truth Questions can be anything you want. However, the best truth questions are meant to get to know your friend more deeply. It should reveal something of their inner self, expose something funny, or be an off-the-wall inquisition that makes the person think outside the box.

Keep your questions simple and direct. You only get one question, so no cheating with compound questions. If you’re willing to let your prey off the hook easily, you can formulate your question as a yes or no, or true or false, but if you’re sadistic, make sure to work your query in a way that forces your respondent to explain. For instance:

Let them off easy: Have you ever had a sex dream about a friend?

Slightly sadistic: Which friend shows up the most in your sex dreams?

See the difference? If you’re going to get really personal, just make sure you’re among a trusted circle of friends and in company that won’t get offended or have their feelings hurt. A game is not worth losing a friendship. In this article, we will organize our questions into four categories: “truth questions for adult friends” and “truth questions for couples,” followed by the same system for dares. Here we go!

The Best Truth Questions for Adult Friend Groups

1. What is the strangest dream you have ever had?

2. Have you ever used your hand as toilet paper?

3. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

5. What would you do with a million dollars?

6. What is the weirdest thing you do in the bathroom?

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

8. What is the weirdest place you have ever had sex?

9. Who is your celebrity crush?

10. Who was the first person that gave you butterflies?

11. Where did you have your first kiss?

12. Who was your first kiss?

13. Have you ever had a one-night stand?

14. Who has given you the best sexual experience?

15. What is the biggest lie you have ever told?

16. What action in your life are you most ashamed of?

17. What’s your biggest accomplishment?

18. Who is the single most important person in your life?

19. If you could have dinner with one person from the past, who would it be?

20. If you could look like anyone past or present, who would it be?

21. Have you joined the mile-high club?

22. What one food could you eat every day for the rest of your life?

23. Which family member would you date if they weren’t your family?

24. Who is your hottest friend?

25. What happened on your worst date ever?

26. Would you rather eat your own poop or drink your own pee?

27. What is your biggest fear?

28. What does the last text you sent say?

29. What is your worst habit?

30. What is the worst thing you have ever done to your sibling?

31. What is the most money you have ever spent on a pair of shoes?

32. What is your fondest memory with me?

33. Have you ever romanticly kissed multiple people on the same day?

34. What is a funny truth about yourself?

35. What is the craziest thing you have ever done for money?

36. What was your first impression of me?

37. If you were trapped on a desert island, who would you want to be with you?

38. What has been the scariest moment of your life?

39. What is a dirty truth about your last partner?

40. What is the most difficult challenge you have ever accomplished?

41. What is your biggest failure?

42. What is your biggest regret?

43. Have you ever slept with someone from work?

44. What is your ultimate dream vacation?

45. If you could go back to age eighteen and start your adult life over, what would you do differently?

46. If you could erase one romantic partner from your past, who would it be?

47. What is the dumbest or most frivolous reason for which you have ended a relationship?

48. If you could only have one alcoholic beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?

49. Would you rather live the rest of your life without wine or without chocolate?

50. If you could choose any job today, what would it be?

The Best Truth Questions for Couples

Be careful with this one! The game of truth can quickly become a battlefield of fiery darts if you aren’t sensitive. If you ask a question, you must be prepared for an honest answer. Therefore, don’t ask if you don’t want to hear the hard truth.

1. Where was your most romantic kiss?

2. What is the first thing you remember about me?

3. What is your favorite thing that I do in bed?

4. What is your favorite sex position?

5. Have you ever tried anything from the Karma Sutra?

6. Is there any old partner you wish you could have a second chance with?

7. What is your favorite body part of your body?

8. What is your favorite part of my body?

9. Have you ever had sex in public?

10. What is the weirdest thing you have ever done in the bedroom?

11. If you could date one celebrity, who would it be?

12. What first attracted you to me?

13. Honestly, what was your first impression of my family?

14. What movie best sums up our love affair?

15. At what moment did you realize that you loved me?

16. If we were to have a child soon, what would you want to name them?

17. Where do you see us in 5 years?

18. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?

19. Is there anything I do that really gets on your nerves?

20. What clothing item of mine would you trash if I let you?

21. What aspect of our relationship do you treasure the most?

22. Have you ever had a sex dream about one of my friends?

23. What is the sexiest thing I have in my closet?

24. What is something I do that drives you insane?

25. If you could change one thing about our relationship, what would it be?

26. What is the one trait you hope our kids get from me?

27. What is one kinky sex act you would like to try that you haven’t yet?

28. When was the last time a kiss took your breath away?

29. Who was the last person you wanted to punch in the face?

30. Would you rather suck my big toe or lick my armpit?

31. What is your favorite sex prop?

32. What is your idea of the perfect romantic weekend?

33. What makes us a good match?

34. What do you admire most about me?

35. What is your favorite article of clothing in my closet?

36. What is something you wish I did more in the bedroom?

37. Do you miss anything about your last partner?

38. Who is the first person in your life that you remember being sexually attracted to?

39. Have you ever made out with your best friend?

40. Who is your work husband/wife?

41. Is there anything embarrassing in your search history?

42. Would you be interested in blindfold play?

43. What’s the most romantic date you’ve ever been on?

44. Would you rather spend the rest of your life in a monogamous relationship or have multiple short-lived relationships?

45. What personal habit would you be embarrassed for me to know about?

46. Which one of us has the worst temper?

47. Which one of us would make a better parent?

48. If you could make out with one person of the opposite sex besides me, who would it be?

49. What is your dirtiest sex fantasy?

50. What is the biggest perk of being in a relationship with me?

Good Dares for Friend Groups

If your friends are not brave enough to take on the truth challenge, make them pay with some truly difficult dares. Dares should always be age-appropriate, fairly safe, and obviously, legal. Otherwise… no holds barred. Go for ultimate fun!

1. Show us the most embarrassing photo in your gallery.

2. Show us your most embarrassing tattoo.

3. Show us your orgasm face.

4. Do a Marilyn Monroe version of the “Happy Birthday” song.

5. Draw a cat face on your face with a permanent marker.

6. Try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon.

7. Post a selfie with a mouth full of ice cubes on social media.

8. See how many fireballs you can fit in your mouth.

9. Spend the rest of the game with your bra on your head like a crown.

10. Show us your best breakdance.

11. Let us see you twerk!

12. Take a cold plunge in the swimming pool.

13. Strip down and wrap yourself in Ceran wrap and run around the block.

14. Prank call a local business and let me listen in.

15. Take a shot of Tabasco sauce.

16. Post the latest TikTok trending dance on your social media accounts.

17. Tell us your best flirty pickup line.

18. Attempt to do 10 pushups with me on your back.

19. Smell each of our armpits and tell us whose smell the worst.

20. Close your eyes and pick something out of the fridge to take a bite of.

21. Make a cocktail while blindfolded and post it to your Instagram stories.

22. Call your ex-partner and make fart noises on the phone.

23. Show us your stupid human trick.

24. Let out the biggest belch you can.

25. Try to do a handstand without using the wall.

26. Show us your best yoga moves.

27. Pretend to make out with your arm.

28. Moo like a cow until your next turn.

29. Let us hear your best version of a donkey.

30. Send a sext to the first person in your contact list.

31. Take a drink of water without using your hands.

32. Take off your socks and shoes without using your hands.

33. Send a sexy email to a random email address.

34. Try to fit your fist in your mouth.

35. Show us your best pole dancing moves.

36. ask the neighbor for a cup full of ketchup.

37. Show us your best ballet moves.

38. Sit for one minute with a bar of soap in your mouth.

39. Let me post anything I want on your social media account.

40. Give a lap dance to a friend of your choice.

41. Give a one-word description of every person in the circle.

42. Crack a raw egg on your head.

43. Bark like a dog until your next turn.

44. Record a 30-second infomercial about a hemorrhoid cream called anal-ease.

45. Write and sing your own country music song in 2 minutes.

46. Go outside and play in the sprinkler with your clothes on.

47. Play the rest of the game without speaking a word.

48. Show us your best Hollywood fake cry.

49. Show us the worst photo of you as a child.

50. Let me do a full face of makeup for you while blindfolded and wear it for the rest of the night.

Best Dares for Couples

When composing dares for couples, it gets a bit sticky because we obviously don’t know the state of your relationship. Some of these are for sexually active couples, some aren’t, so just make sure that any dare you challenge your significant other to do is something that they are comfortable with. Remember, it’s supposed to be a fun game, not torture. Stepping outside the normal is great, but only within the realms of mutual comfort and respect.

1. Eat a banana in the most seductive way you can.

2. Perform your best strip tease.

3. Perform an acro-yoga stunt with me.

4. Shave your facial hair into a mustache.

5. Give me a five-minute foot massage.

6. Send me a dirty sext.

7. Wear a whipped cream bathing suit for the rest of the game.

8. Try a move of your choice from the karma sutra.

9. Try to put your favorite jeans on while wearing a blindfold.

10. Send me your most embarrassing photo to keep on my phone.

11. Text your ex and tell them something amazing about me.

12. Try to stare into my eyes for 30 seconds.

13. Let me do whatever I want to your phone for 5 minutes.

14. Remove five items of clothing.

15. Show me your best Dirty Dancing sexy crawl.

16. Sing me your version of a Whitney Houston love ballad.

17. Write me a poem about how much you love me.

18. Go skinny dipping with me.

19. Take a streaking lap around the house.

20. Let me fix your hair and makeup for our next date.

21. Explain how we met from your perspective.

22. Draw a picture that represents our romance.

23. Act out your perfect date without using any words.

24. Jump on the bed naked for 1 minute.

25. Spin around 15 times and then try to kiss me on the lips.

26. Let me tickle you for 30 seconds.

27. Clean out my car wearing just your underwear.

28. Go put on your sexiest date night outfit.

29. Let me pick your work outfit for Monday.

30. Go to the thrift store and buy an outfit for our next date.

31. Post pictures of your socks and underwear as for sale on social media for one hour.

32. Wear my underwear on your head for the rest of the game.

33. Passionately kiss an item out of the kitchen pantry.

34. Post an incredibly sappy and romantic 50-word post on social media about me.

35. Try to put lipstick or chapstick on without using your hands.

36. Lay on your back and try to fly me like an airplane on your feet.

37. Make me a flower bouquet from flowers you find in the yard.

38. Write me a love poem using only 4-letter words.

39. Text your best pickup line to a mutual friend of ours.

40. Show me a dance from your high school days.

41. Give me a massage on a weird body part of your choice.

42. Take off my shirt only using your teeth.

43. Take a totally cold shower and let me watch.

44. Take an artistic/obscure photo of your favorite body part and let’s see if I can guess what it is.

45. Fix me a snack in nothing but an apron.

46. Give me a full one-minute hug without moving.

47. Come up with your own descriptive name for your favorite sex position.

48. Do your best impression of my celebrity crush.

49. Whisper your dirtiest secret in my ear.

50. Let me draw pictures on you with chocolate syrup.

Closing Thoughts

We dare you to find a party game that induces more laughter and intense bonding than The Truth or Dare game. This classic and simple game is perfect for a night with close friends or a free date night idea with your partner. Just make sure to monitor the crowd and be aware of any tension or discomfort. Keep your questions appropriate for the level of relationships present, and do a good mix of dirty/clean and funny/serious to keep it interesting. Have fun!

Need a few more party ideas to keep your friends entertained? Check out “25 Fantastic Party Games to Play With Friends.”

If you need more romantic date night ideas, take a look at “25 Couples’ Games and Activities to Help Pass the Time.”

If you have young ones hanging around, you’ll need to adjust your game night. Check out our list of the best truth-or-dare questions for kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you do for fun with adult friends?

For a fun night with adult friends, try a spontaneous scratch-off activity from Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition, or play some party games, including a riveting round of Truth or Dare.

What are some good truth-or-dare questions for friends?

Truth or Dare is always a great time, but it can be challenging to come up with questions and challenges. Thankfully, offers a list of “200 Truth-or-Dare Questions for Adults.”

What are good truth-or-dare questions for couples?

When playing Truth or Dare, consider your partner’s comfort level. Check out these truth questions for couples and dares for couples, and find ones that don’t cross any current boundaries.

Is playing Truth or Dare a good idea for a date?

Truth or Dare is a great way to get to know someone you’re dating! Try some of these “Truth-or-Dare Questions for Adults,” but be sure to consider each other’s comfort level.

What romantic at-home date ideas?

For a romantic date night at home, consider starting with a scratch-off activity from Adventures From Scratch: Date Edition! Then, end the night with an intriguing evening of Truth or Dare.

Fun With Friends

43 Warm-Weather Activities for Adults


When the weather warms up, it can bring about a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm. Taking advantage of this extra boost often means finding fun activities to do outside that can keep us active and engaged. From picnics in the park to water sports on the beach, there are many warm-weather activities to choose from.

Not only is this a great opportunity to bond with friends and family, but also with your co-workers. Many of these activities are the perfect way to strengthen your relationship with your co-workers and build a more connected team.

Let’s take a look at some of the best warm-weather activities that you can enjoy with your co-workers, friends, and family.

Enjoy Warm-Weather Activities with Friends & Family

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Fun Things to Do Outside Around Town

Exploring the city you live in is a great way to get to know your coworkers on a personal level, while also taking advantage of the warm weather.

Whether it’s discovering a new local park or competing in an outdoor game with colleagues, there are plenty of fun activities for teams to do together when the sun is out.

This section is a comprehensive list of things to do with both co-workers and your pre-established friend group.

1. Get to know your co-workers on a team-building bar crawl.

Being friends with your co-workers is beneficial for everyone in the office. You’ll experience increased productivity and higher morale.

That’s why our team of event planners, tour guides, and nightlife experts is ready to help you plan a custom bar crawl scavenger hunt. Head from stop to stop as you unwind and connect like never before through games, music, and drinks. You may finally meet your new work spouse!

View all of our customizable team-building activities here.

2. Catch your favorite musician at an outdoor concert.

Nothing says summer nights like warm weather, cold drinks, and good music. Whether you’re looking to relax in a park or dance the night away at a festival, hanging out at outdoor concerts is one of the summer’s best warm-weather activities.

Many local clubs, arenas, and amphitheaters host outdoor shows throughout the summer—so grab your lawn chair and head out!

3. Play pickleball.

Pickleball has taken the world by storm. Once considered an “old person sport,” this game has captured the hearts of Millenials. Grab a few friends and create your own court in the backyard or at a park near you. Play for fun, or hold tournaments to see who reigns supreme!

4. Dine alfresco.

Nothing feels better than enjoying a meal outdoors in the summer. Grab your friends and enjoy some great food and drinks in the warm weather. Whether it’s at your favorite restaurant or a private gathering, dining al fresco is always a fun way to spend an evening with friends and colleagues.

5. Gather friends for a game of beach volleyball.

“MINE!” Sand volleyball is the perfect way to get active and have fun in the summer heat. Gather a few friends, lather on some sunscreen, mark a court, and hit it out of the park—or better yet, over the net!

6. Have a picnic at your local botanical gardens.

Visit your city’s botanical gardens and enjoy a picnic surrounded by blooming flowers and lush greenery. Bring your favorite snacks and even a bottle of rosé to celebrate the season.

7. Slip and slide at a water park.

Cool off in the summer heat by visiting a water park by slipping and sliding your way down some fun slides. You can even go tubing or wave pool hopping for extra excitement.

8. Take advantage of the season’s bounty with a fruit-picking excursion.

Go down to your local farm or orchard and pick some fresh fruits for an afternoon treat. Strawberry picking, apple picking, and peach picking are all classic outdoor activities that will give you a taste of the season.

9. Go fishing in a nearby lake.

Whether you’re new to fishing or have been at it since childhood, there’s nothing quite like getting some fresh air and reeling in your own catch on the water. So grab your rod and reel, head down to the lake, and cast away!

10. Get an adrenaline rush at an amusement park.

Nothing says summer like the smells of funnel cake, hot dogs, and other classic amusement park snacks. From roller coasters to carnival games, you’ll find plenty of ways to get your adrenaline pumping while having a great time with the whole gang.

11. Chase down the ice cream truck like a kid.

Who said the ice cream truck was just for kids? Grab a few coins and head out for some summer nostalgia. The sweet treat will make your day extra special and bring back all the childhood memories of running for the ice cream truck on sunny days.

12. Sign-up for an outdoor workout class.

Take your workout routine outside and join a community fitness class! Look for classes like yoga, boot camp, kickboxing, or running groups in your area. Not only will it be a fun way to stay active, but you might make some new friends too.

12. Watch a flick in the bed of your truck at a retro drive-in.

Head to your local drive-in and settle in the back of your truck for a romantic evening under the stars. Bring snacks, grab blankets and pillows, and enjoy a classic movie from the comfort of your own ride.

14. Go stargazing under the night sky.

Take some time to enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Grab a blanket and a lawn chair, head outside, and settle in for an evening of stargazing. You can even download a star map app to help identify constellations.

15. Put on some rollerblades.

Rollerblading is a great summer activity to enjoy with friends, family, and even co-workers. Not only is it entertaining, but rollerblading also provides a great cardiovascular workout.

16. Go geocaching.

Geocaching is a unique summer activity to explore your local area and find hidden treasures. With just a GPS device, you can go on an adventure to search for caches of all shapes and sizes. It’s a great activity that encourages people to get out in nature and be active.

17. Organize a game of Capture the Flag.

Capture the Flag is a timeless classic that brings out the kid in all of us! Break up into two teams and use flashlights or glow sticks at night for extra fun. It’s also a great way to encourage teamwork and communication with your family, friends, or colleagues.

18. Participate in a local 5K race.

What better way to stay active than with a 5K race? There are usually tons of local races throughout the summer months, so put on your running shoes and sign up for one! It will be a great opportunity for you and your friends or family to bond and support each other toward the finish line.

19. Explore your local farmer’s market.

Shop for delicious fruits, veggies, and other goodies at your local farmer’s market. Talk to the vendors and learn more about where your food comes from while also supporting local businesses in your community. You might even find some unique items or specialty foods that you wouldn’t normally have access to.

20. Try your hand at mini-golf.

FOUR! Mini-golf is an activity that is great for established friend groups but also provides ample opportunity for conversation if you’re trying to get to know your work colleagues. 

And, if you’re really feeling competitive, whoever gets a hole-in-one buys ice cream for everyone!

21. Go on a road trip.

Take in the sights and sounds of summer by going on an epic road trip getaway. Whether you’re headed to the beach, mountains, or city, there’s no better way to explore than getting behind the wheel with your friends and family. Just remember to fill up that tank!

22. Take a nature walk.

Explore your local nature trails and take in the beauty of nature. It’s a great way to get exercise while also enjoying some fresh air.

Bring your camera and capture some stunning shots of wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife. You might even spot some interesting critters on your walk.

23. Visit a street festival.

Check another item off your summer bucket list by spending a day at your local street festival. Enjoy the variety of food, music, and other attractions while also soaking up the atmosphere.

You’ll find plenty of fun activities for everyone, from carnival games to live performances. Plus, you won’t want to miss out on all the unique shopping opportunities from local vendors.

24. Give stand-up paddle boarding a try.

Experience the thrill of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) on a lake or river. This is an awesome way to get a full-body workout and take in some scenic views.

Don’t be intimidated—it’s not as hard as it looks. Once you’ve built up your skills, you can even take them on rapids for an extra thrill.

25. Go kayaking at your local forest preserve.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature while paddling through a forest preserve or local river. Kayaking is the perfect way to explore hidden coves and take in views you might otherwise miss out on. Plus, it’s a great workout!

26. Rent a party boat to enjoy the lake.

Gather your friends or family on a party boat and enjoy the beautiful weather and views of the lake. Turn up the tunes, break out the snacks and drinks, and get ready for a day of fun in the sun.

27. Go on a bike ride.

Gather your bikes and hit the trails! Go explore new parts of town or just take a leisurely ride around. This is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the summer sun after work with your co-workers or pals.

28. Go on a shopping spree at an outdoor mall.

Spend the day browsing through stores and boutiques at an outdoor mall. Enjoy some fresh air as you wander from shop to shop. Stop for a snack at one of the eateries or grab some cool treats from the local smoothie stand. You can even bring along your pup if they’re on-leash friendly!

Warm Weather Fun At-Home

There are plenty of fun activities you can do from home. From hosting an outdoor movie night with friends and family to trying out an exciting new recipe in the kitchen, you’ll have no shortage of creative ways to stay entertained on a warm summer day

29. Create a backyard movie theater.

Pull out the blankets, bring out the projector, and start popping the popcorn. Create a backyard “movie theater” and settle in for a night of summertime fun.

For an added bonus, create a cocktail for the night based on the movie you’re premiering.

30. Cool off with a grown-up water balloon fight.

Beat the hot weather with a grown-up water balloon fight. Gather your friends, break out the balloons and buckets, and let the fun begin! After you’re soaked, the losing team can treat you to a cold beer!

31. Make your own popsicles.

Who doesn’t love popsicles? Find creative recipes online, or just use your favorite juice to create your own frozen treats and beat the heat. If you have a pool, the popsicles will taste even better on a floatie.

32. Learn to make homemade ice cream.

People have been eating some form of ice cream for centuries. As a result, creating your own 3-ingredient summer treat should be no problem! Gather some vanilla, milk, and heavy cream (plus your favorite summer fruits if you’re feeling creative!) and get ready to make some mouth-watering ice cream. 

There’s nothing more satisfying than a cool, homemade treat on a hot day. Learn to make your own ice cream here.

33. Enjoy s’mores around the campfire.

What’s better than an outdoor summer campfire? S’mores, of course! Gather around the fire and make some old-fashioned treats with your friends, enjoying the sweet gooey goodness while making lasting memories. Don’t forget the ghost stories!

34. Bring the beach to your with a cocktail kiddie pool part.

Break up the blender, start pouring margaritas, and take your summer pool party to the next level with an adult kiddie pool.

Add some fun beach chairs, sprinklers, inflatable horseshoes, and water guns to keep everyone entertained. Get ready for the most unique (and adult) pool party you’ve ever been to!

35. Hold a summer sports tournament.

Gather your friends and colleagues for an outdoor summer sports tournament! Depending on the size of your group, you can play badminton, volleyball, soccer, horseshoes, or any other sport that everyone can join in on. You can even create some DIY mini trophies to award the winners.

This activity will be such a hit your whole crew will be looking forward to it this time of year for decades to come!

36. Take a camping trip.

Plan an overnight getaway to your nearest state park and spend the night with friends or family under the stars. Or, turn it into a team-building retreat! Enjoy all that nature has to offer, and don’t forget to make s’mores around the campfire. It’s a great way to get away from it all and strengthen relationships.

37. Set up an outdoor art studio.

Bring out the art supplies and get creative. Enjoy the fresh air while painting, drawing, or making whatever your heart desires. Nothing says ‘inner peace,” like creating art in the great outdoors. 

38. Host an outdoor dinner on your patio.

Set up a beautiful outdoor dinner on your patio and enjoy a meal with co-workers or friends. Add some twinkle lights and decorations for an added touch of sophistication.

This is a great opportunity to break out of that expensive grill and try some new Pinterest recipes.

39. Set up a fun outdoor obstacle course.

Gather your friends and family to complete an outdoor obstacle course with a tire run, net climb, and more! This is the perfect way to get everyone active and having a great time together if you have a big backyard.

40. Organize a yard game night.

Bring out your favorite yard games, such as Giant Jenga, cornhole, horseshoes, and more.

41. Work on your tan.

Nothing says summer like a sun-kissed glow! Get outside and lay out in the sun. But don’t forget the sunscreen! After all, you want to protect your skin from UV rays. 

42. Start a garden.

Take advantage of the warm weather to start your own garden. Plant flowers, vegetables, herbs—whatever you’d like! This is a great opportunity to learn something new and get your hands dirty. Plus, you’ll get to reap the fruits (literally) of your labor in a couple of months. 

43. Roll out the yoga mat and meditate at sunrise. 

Take advantage of the long days and start your mornings off right with a sunrise yoga session. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, just roll out the mat and follow along with an online class from home.

Sunglasses at the ready!

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy all nature offers. From camping trips and sports tournaments to art studios and kiddie pools, warm-weather activities will make your summer one to remember.

So grab some friends, gather the supplies you need, and start making memories today!

Looking for more things to do with the whole family? Check out these 18 Outdoor Family Activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which activities can you do during hot season?

There are lots of warm-weather activities to enjoy. These include going to the beach, camping, or even hosting an outdoor dinner evening with an adventure book such as Adventures from Scratch!

What to do outside when it’s hot out?

There are countless warm-weather activities to try. Taking a camping trip, setting up a grown-up kiddie pool, enjoying yoga at sunrise, or creating a garden to get your hands dirty.

Which activities are done in summer?

Try one of these warm-weather activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking. You can also take advantage of the long days by going camping or having an outdoor dinner in your backyard.

How can I enjoy warm weather?

There are plenty of unique ways to enjoy the warm weather. You could go on a bike ride, visit a state park, set up an outdoor movie theater, or play an Adventures from Scratch book!

What are some fun activities to do in the summer?

There are countless fun activities to do in the summer months. You can go camping, set up an outdoor obstacle course, organize a yard game night, start a garden, or roll out the yoga mat and meditate.

What are some outdoor activities to do when it’s hot?

Fun warm-weather activities include going camping, playing yard games, or renting a party boat. Or,  for something more low-key, you can relax outdoors with an Adventures from Scratch book!  

Fun With Friends

24 Adrenaline-Pumpi Activities for Adventurous Friends


Are you and your friends feeling the urge for an electrifying rush of excitement that leaves you feeling alive and rejuvenated? Perhaps, you’re prepared to venture outside your comfort zone for the first time, or maybe you’re addicted to adrenaline-rush activities. Either way, if you’re considering bungee jumping off a cliff, zip-lining through a jungle, or navigating down rapids while whitewater rafting, this article is tailored for you and your friends. We’ve gathered all the blood-pumping activities for your next friend-cation!

Let the adventure begin!

Here at Let’s Roam, we’re all about helping you create deep bonds with your crew. We’ve created an entire scratch-off adventure book dedicated to friends. It’s full of activities ranging from chill nights in to wild weekends away together. Each activity is specifically crafted to help you cultivate amazing bonds while having a blast! Snag your copy of Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition today and let the fun begin!

24 Adrenaline-Pumping Activities for Adventurous Friends

The definition of adrenaline rush activities varies depending on an individual’s level of thrill-seeking. There are those who are born adrenaline junkies, always in search of the next adventure. Others may explore and push their comfort level boundaries only a few times in their life. What may get someone’s heart racing is a walk in the park for others. Bearing that in mind, here are a few ideas for you and your daredevil companions.

1. Paragliding

Paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkiye, was one of my personal favorite experiences. The exhilaration of sprinting toward the edge of a cliff and soaring high in the air was unbeatable! The picturesque landscape and surrounding beaches are breathtaking, and something you and your friends won’t soon forget. Here are a few more fabulous places for paragliding adventures!

  • Switzerland: With its stunning alpine scenery, Switzerland is a popular destination for paragliding. One of the best locations is Interlaken, where you can fly over the picturesque Lake Thun and the surrounding mountains.
  • Greece: The Greek island of Santorini is a famous spot for parasailing, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the island’s famous cliffs. Corfu and Lefkada are popular for paragliding.
  • Mexico: The beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta is a favored destination for paragliding with flights available over the beautiful Bay of Banderas.

2. Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning is a bucket list activity in numerous regions around the world from Cappadocia to New Mexico. It’s a bit wild if you think about it. Let’s all get in this wicker basket, and then let’s light a giant flame thrower that’s going to shoot us a mile into the sky. Good plan! With no walls or windows to obstruct the view, you and your friends will enjoy the incredible scenery from every angle.

  • Cappadocia, Turkiye: A bucket list destination for hot air balloon rides with its vibrant balloons soaring every sunrise over a breathtaking landscape full of gorges, interesting rock formations, and ancient cave dwellings.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: For nine days in October, the Albuquerque skies are brightly painted as more than 500 balloons raise from Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Serengeti National Park in Tanzania: This location offers an unforgettable balloon safari that gives you a completely different perspective and something you just won’t experience from the normal jeep safari.

3. Skydiving

Imagine the excitement of jumping out of an airplane with your besties at your side, freefalling through the sky, and feeling the wind flap in your cheeks. Check out these awesome skydiving destinations:

  • Interlaken, Switzerland: With breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps
  • Cairns, Australia: Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: With stunning views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu
  • Hawaii, USA: Skydiving over the lush green forests and gorgeous beaches

4. Bungee Jumping

There are some amazing places to bungee jump all over the world, and this simple activity really gets the adrenaline pumping! One of the most famous bungee jumping spots is the Macau Tower outside Hong Kong which boasts the world’s highest bungee jump at a staggering 233 meters (764 feet) high!

  • New Zealand: You can jump off the Nevis Highwire, which is the third-highest bungee jump in the world
  • Navajo Bridge in Arizona: Offers stunning views of the Colorado River below
  • Monteverde, Costa Rica: The largest bungee jumping in Central America is at Extremo Adventure Park, which allows you to plummet from a moving platform over a rainforest gorge.
  • Verzasca Dam in Ticino, Switzerland: If you’re a fan of James Bond, this is where the opening scene of “Golden Eye” was filmed!

5. Wingsuit Base Jumping

This extreme activity will surely make your heart race! Jumping off a cliff or building in a full-body, aerodynamic outfit and helmet is the ultimate thrill. The suits are designed with special chambers that fill with air, allowing you to glide through the air and experience the ultimate feeling of freedom. Don’t worry, there’s a parachute included!

  • Grand Cayon, Arizona: Wingsuit enthusiasts form a thriving community at the Grand Canyon, where their love for the sport is shared and celebrated.
  • Mont Blanc, Chamonix France: For those seeking an iconic destination for wingsuit flying, Mont Blanc is a top choice, highly revered and admired
  • Owens Valley, California: With its distinctive topography, is a favored spot among wingsuit pilots, spanning more than one hundred miles along the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada

6. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an exhilarating and challenging sport that requires both physical and mental strength. Scaling steep cliffs and rock faces with your friends is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are willing to take the plunge, the rewards are endless. Plus, it’s a great experiment in teamwork and trust!

  • Yosemite National Park in California is one of the best places to go rock climbing. The park has iconic rock formations, including El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite has plenty of beginner-friendly routes for those just starting out.
  • Joshua Tree National Park in California is another great destination for rock climbing. The park is famous for its unique rock formations and boulder fields. The park boasts more than 8,000 climbing routes.
  • There are plenty of indoor climbing gyms around the world, too. Some of the best indoor climbing gyms include Brooklyn Boulders in New York City, Climbing Works in Sheffield, UK, and the Arch Climbing Wall in London, UK.

7. White Water Rafting or Kayaking

White water rafting is a great adrenaline rush activity to do with your friends! You’ll navigate an inflatable raft through a choppy river, dodging whirlpools and rocks, while using every muscle just to stay inside the raft!

Are you tired of the same old flatwater kayaking? How about trying whitewater kayaking? This version will have you navigating through tricky sections of rushing whitewater and will definitely get your blood pumping. Some of the best places to go are:

  • Pacuare River, Costa Rica: For an epic jungle run, head to Costa Rica’s Pacuare River. Where kayakers race down 32 miles of Class III-IV, crystal clear rapids. Experts will prefer the Class V Upper Pacuare section upstream.
  • Alsek/Tatshenshini, Alaska: One of the coolest things about the Class III, 180-mile journey down the Alsek, or a 130-mile jaunt down the Tatshenshini, is the icebergs that float with you and your kayak all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

8. Canyoning

For those seeking a mix of adrenaline-pumping activities, canyoning is a perfect adventure. This exciting sport combines water sports with hiking, climbing, and gliding. As you and your friends make your way through canyons, you’ll walk, swim, and hike, crossing waterfalls, ravines, gorges, and water basins in the name of adventure. To fully enjoy canyoning, it’s recommended to join organized groups led by experienced guides who know the area and potential dangers. Here are some of the best places to go canyoning:

  • Zion National Park, Utah: With its stunning red rock canyons and unique landscapes, Zion National Park offers some of the best canyoning experiences in the world.
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: This adventure capital of the world offers some of the best canyoning experiences, with steep cliffs, gushing waterfalls, and crystal-clear pools.
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona: This natural wonder offers some of the most spectacular canyoning experiences, with towering walls, stunning waterfalls, and challenging routes.

9. Heli-Skiing

Heli-skiing is the ultimate adventure! It’s like skiing but on steroids! The premise is simple: You’re flown to the top of a remote mountain by helicopter, you jump, and then proceed to ski your way down through untouched powder. It’s the ultimate backcountry skiing experience. Some of the best heli-skiing destinations include:

  • Whistler, Canada: Home to some of the world’s best skiing, Whistler is a popular destination for heli-skiing enthusiasts looking for stunning views and thrilling descents.
  • Valdez, Alaska: Known for its steep terrain and deep powder snow, Valdez is a must-visit destination for heli-skiing aficionados.
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: With its majestic alpine scenery and wide-open terrain, Queenstown is a great destination for first-time heli-skiers.

10. Cage Diving

Cage diving is a unique and exhilarating snorkeling or scuba experience that will get your heart racing. It involves getting up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most fearsome creatures like great white sharks! You’ll be safely enclosed in a cage while these majestic predators swim just inches away from you. Some of the best destinations for cage diving include:

  • Gansbaai, South Africa: Known as the “Great White Shark Capital of the World,” Gansbaai is a prime location for cage diving with these impressive predators.
  • Isla Guadalupe, Mexico: This small island off the coast of Baja, Mexico, is home to some of the largest great white sharks in the world, making it a must-visit for any cage diving enthusiast.
  • Farallon Islands, California: Just a short boat ride from San Francisco, the Farallon Islands offer an unforgettable cage diving experience with great white sharks and other marine life.

11. Sand and Volcano Boarding

Who said you need snow to go boarding? Sand and volcano boarding will give your group the same thrill with a unique twist! Imagine boarding down a hill of sand or a smoking hot volcano! Whether you’re standing, sitting, or lying on your board, you’ll pick up some serious speed! For the daredevils out there, board tricks and flips are all part of the game. You can sandboard and volcano board in many awesome destinations around the world, though volcano boarding needs a fairly recent eruption to get the hardened lava necessary for a good ride.

  • Popular sandboarding spots include the dunes of Dubai, the beaches of Brazil, the seaside dunes of Oregon, and the deserts of Peru.
  • For volcano boarding, recommended spots are Cerro Negro in Nicaragua, Mount Yasur in Vanuatu, and Mount Taranaki in New Zealand.

12. Wing Walking

Wing walking is one of the most daring and thrilling extreme sports out there. It involves standing on the wing of a flying plane while it’s in motion! It’s not for the faint-hearted, to say the least. During a wing walking experience, you’ll be strapped to the wing of a biplane while it takes off, climbs, dives, and performs maneuvers in the air. Some of the best places to go wing walking include:

  • English countryside: Multiple tour companies offer wing walking over world-famous landscapes in locations such as the Cotswolds or the Kent countryside.
  • Australia: The beaches of Gold Coast, Byron Bay, and Sydney are popular wing walking spots that offer stunning coastal views.
  • Grand Canyon: A day soaring over the Grand Canyon offers breathtaking views of the natural wonder from a unique perspective.

13. Zero Gravity

If you and your friends are looking for some adrenaline-pumping fun without the risk, check out the simulation labs! You can experience everything from free-falling to massive climbing walls, and even feel what zero gravity is like—all in a controlled environment. These labs are perfect for getting a taste of the real deal without going all-in just yet.

  • Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving, Raeford, NC: Simulate the freefall portion of a traditional skydive, without jumping out of an actual plane.
  • Vegas Indoor Skydiving: Simulate a skydiving experience in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Zero-G: This includes using a modified Boeing 727 with flight techniques that create zero gravity where you can float in the air and do as many flips and twists as you would like. Locations are in Orlando, FL; Miami, FL; Las Vegas, NV; and San Francisco, CA.

14. Ice Climbing

Ice climbing with friends is an exhilarating adventure that is growing in popularity. It requires technical skill and physical strength, making it a great challenge to tackle as a team. It’s also an opportunity to explore beautiful ice formations and breathtaking landscapes in winter wonderlands around the globe.

  • The Canadian Rockies offer some of the most stunning ice formations in the world, making it an ultimate destination for ice-climbing enthusiasts. Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, is a world-renowned ice-climbing spot that is certainly worth a visit.
  • The Ouray Ice Park in Colorado, USA, is another must-visit destination for ice climbers. The park boasts over 200 ice and mixed climbing routes, making it a popular spot for climbers of all levels.

15. Flyboarding

Flyboarding is a water sport that involves standing on a board propelled by water jets, allowing you to fly up into the air and dive back into the water like a dolphin. It’s a great activity to try with friends and can be found in epic locations around the world.

  • Spain is home to many flyboarding locations, including the beaches of Barcelona, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands.
  • Thailand is another popular destination for flyboarding with places like Phuket and Pattaya offering an exhilarating experience in the tropical waters of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
  • Mexico has various locations suitable for flyboarding including Cancun, Cozumel, and Cabo San Lucas. These destinations offer clear blue waters, ideal for enjoying the sport.

16. Roller Coasters

Rollercoasters! Nothing like getting that blood pumping with your best buds by your side. We’re talking steep drops, corkscrews, and loops that’ll make your head spin (literally)! There are tons of rollercoasters all over the world that are perfect for a friendly outing.

  • Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is the tallest and second-fastest rollercoaster in the world with a drop of 418 feet (127 m) and a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h).
  • The Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Ohio reaches a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h) and has a 90-degree drop.

17. Ziplines

It’s a simple concept, but it delivers a manageable adrenaline punch that most people can endure with relative ease. Zip lines can take you across some of the most stunning natural settings in the world, from lush forests to rugged canyons, and even overactive volcanoes (safely, of course!)

  • Costa Rica: The country’s cloud forests offer some of the most stunning views for zip lining, with many tours taking place in Monteverde or Arenal Volcano National Park.
  • Hawaii: The islands of Hawaii offer a wide range of zip-lining experiences, from soaring over lush valleys and rainforests to zipping over waterfalls on Kauai’s North Shore.
  • Puerto Rico: The island’s lush rainforest, El Yunque, offers an incredible zip-lining experience that includes views of waterfalls and the ocean.

18. ATV Riding

Looking for a way to satisfy your need for speed and adventure? Why not try extreme ATV riding with your friends? ATV stands for all-terrain vehicle, and they’re designed to handle any terrain, from rocky hills to muddy swamps. You can race your friends through the desert dunes or power up canyon walls, the choice is yours!

  • Hatfield-McCoy Trails: Located in West Virginia, USA, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails offer over 700 miles of off-road trails for ATV and UTV riders to explore, with varying difficulty levels to cater to all skill levels.
  • Glamis Sand Dunes: Located in Southern California, USA, the Glamis Sand Dunes is a popular off-road destination for ATV and UTV riders, with over 40 miles of sand dunes to explore.
  • Baja Peninsula: Located in Mexico, the Baja Peninsula offers rugged desert terrain and scenic coastal trails to explore.

19. Snowboarding or Skiing

This thrilling adventure can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and it’s easy to get started. Take a group lesson and learn how the basics before hitting the slopes, or if you want to up the ante, hit the terrain park with your buddies and try your hand at a few jumps. After a day on the slopes, you can gather around a warm fire and swap stories about your adventures.

  • Aspen, Colorado: Known for its glitzy ski resorts, Aspen offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. With four mountains to choose from, Aspen offers a range of terrain suitable for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. After a day on the slopes, hit the town for a vibrant nightlife scene and excellent dining options. While you are at it check out our scavenger hunts in and around Aspen for a fun time with your friends.
  • Whistler, British Columbia: Located in the stunning Canadian Rockies, Whistler is one of the largest ski resorts in North America, boasting over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain.
  • Chamonix, France: Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix is a mecca for extreme skiers and snowboarders. With access to the famous off-piste terrain of the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is a playground for adrenaline junkies. It also offers plenty of skiing and snowboarding opportunities for less experienced skiers and snowboarders.

20. Skateboarding

This thrilling sport is all about pushing your limits! You and your crew can hit the skate park or find some unique urban spots to test your skills. From grinding rails and ollieing stairs to shredding through bowls and halfpipes, you’ll find no end to the places your board will take you. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out some of the famous skateboarding spots like:

  • Venice Beach Skatepark, California: A fantastic place to visit overall, Venice Beach offers incredible skating. Made famous in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Venice’s sunken bowl is the perfect spot to practice your skills —you definitely won’t be let down.
  • Hunting Beach, California: Vans Off the Wall Skatepark is a hot spot for U.S. skateboarding.
  • Brooklyn Banks Skatepark in New York City: Not only is this NYC hot spot a great place to shred under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge—there are so many smaller areas and offshoots which all offer amazing street skating.

21. Abseiling

If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure that’s accessible to all your friend’s skill levels, look no further than abseiling! It’s the opposite of climbing—instead of ascending, you’ll descend a steep slope, mountain, or cliff using a rope. It’s basically rappelling with a few slight technical differences. One of the best things about abseiling is that it’s suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a complete beginner, you can enjoy the thrill of rappelling down a mountain. Some of the best abseiling destinations include:

  • Table Mountain, South Africa: With its stunning views and challenging descents, Table Mountain is a must-visit destination for abseiling enthusiasts.
  • Blue Mountains, Australia: This stunning natural wonder offers a variety of abseiling experiences, from beginner-friendly descents to heart-pumping drops.
  • Lake District, England: With its rugged landscape and stunning scenery, the Lake District is a great place to try abseiling for the first time.

22. CN Tower’s EdgeWalk

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, head to the CN Tower in Ontario and take on the EdgeWalk. This heart-stopping experience allows you to lean out over the edge of the tower’s 356-meter-high platform without using your hands. Don’t worry, you’ll be securely harnessed in for safety. Not only will you get incredible views of the city from the top, but you’ll also get a rush like no other as you dangle over the edge with your friends by your side.

23. Cliff Jumping

Are you ready to take a leap of faith and experience the thrill of cliff jumping? This heart-pumping activity requires no special skills or gear, just a dose of bravery and a desire for adventure! There are plenty of amazing spots around the world where you can try your hand at cliff jumping.

  • Havasu Falls, Arizona: A desert oasis located in the Havasupai Indian Reservation, known for its turquoise waterfalls and pools. Havasu Falls is only accessible by hiking and requires a permit to enter. You can jump into the refreshing blue-green waters from a height of around 10-20 feet (3-6 meters), and the bravest head for the 100-foot cliffs.
  • Kamari Beach, Santorini: A popular beach located on the southeast coast of Santorini, famous for its black volcanic sand and towering cliffs. You can take the plunge from cliffs that range from 5-40 feet (1.5-12 meters) high and enjoy the crystal-clear Aegean Sea. This is a dangerous spot for cliff-jumping. Most locals will tell you to go to Amoudi Bay for the deeper, safer waters.
  • Nusa Lembongan, Bali: An island paradise located southeast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is known for its beautiful beaches and stunning cliff formations. You can jump from cliffs that range from 10-40 feet (3-12 meters) high and enjoy the turquoise waters surrounding the island. Popular cliff-jumping spots include Mahana Point and Blue Lagoon.

24. Bouldering

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its basics. With no ropes or a harness, you just use climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats, your challenge is to climb short but strategic bouldering “problems” (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, strategy, strength, and your mind.

  • The Red River Gorge in Kentucky is a popular destination for boulderers. The area features an abundance of sandstone formations and deep valleys which provide plenty of opportunities for exploration and problem-solving.
  • Bishop in California is one of America’s best-kept secrets when it comes to bouldering. Located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking views, Bishop offers climbers some of the most impressive boulder problems in the world. The area boasts over 2500 routes ranging from V0 to V12, so there’s something here for every level of experience.

Closing Thoughts

One of the best ways to create lasting memories with your pals is to take on thrill-seeking activities together. There is something incredibly bond-inducing about having the crap scared out of you in unison! Whichever one of these adrenaline-rush activities you choose, find a friend to tag along with because there’s nothing better than sharing a heart-stopping experience with your besties! Just remember to take plenty of photos (and maybe bring a first-aid kit).

For more adventures with your friends check out our list of the best warm-weather activities to load up your summer with adventure!

Are you struggling to make time for adventure with your pals due to a new romantic interest? Take a few cues from “Balancing Time Between Friends and a Romantic Relationship.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What activity releases the most adrenaline?

Skydiving releases a lot of adrenaline while you fall to earth. Bungee jumping is another activity with a quick release of adrenaline.

What sports give an adrenaline rush?

If you’re seeking a sports adrenaline rush, few things can match the excitement of heli-skiing, volcano boarding, and base jumping.

What are some indoor adrenaline rush activities?

Zero gravity in a simulation lab is a great indoor activity that you don’t want to miss out on. Indoor climbing walls are a great adrenaline rush but in a controlled environment.

What are some activities I can do with friends?

Snag a copy of Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition for more than 50 in-home and getaway activities to do with friends!

What are some low-key adrenaline activities?

For those seeking an adrenaline rush without the intensity of extreme sports, parasailing and ziplining are good options, or take on a surprise challenge from Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition.

Fun With Friends

28 Dinner Party Games Sure to Impress Your Guests


Do you love hosting dinner parties with friends and family? It’s a great way to catch up and spend quality time together, but if you’re looking for some extra fun, dinner party games can add an extra bit of excitement to the evening. From trivia and charades to more creative activities like in-home scavenger hunts and murder mysteries, there are plenty of dinner party games to choose from.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best dinner party games so your next dinner gathering can be one to remember. Whether you’re looking for a game that will bring out everyone’s competitive side or something more laidback and entertaining, we’ve got the perfect dinner party game for you. Read on to find out more and start planning your dinner party today.

Make Every Evening an Adventure

Got friends coming over? Keen to try something different? Why not grab a copy of Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition? Skillfully crafted by travel experts who happen to be best friends, this great scratch-off adventure book is full of hilarious activities to help bring you together and enjoy a great evening, including creative challenges, conversation prompts, and even a scrapbooking section to record your adventures. Grab the book now and let the adventure begin!

DIY Games

DIY games are a great way to have fun and stay entertained without spending a whole lot of money. With a bit of creativity and imagination, you can create your own unique and exciting dinner party games with everyday items found around the house.

1. Create a murder mystery game.

Are you looking to go above and beyond with dinner party games? Creating a murder mystery game is a great way to get everyone engaged and having fun. Set up clues around the house and start with an opening story about who has been “murdered” and what happened.

Invite your guests to search for clues, interrogate each other, and try to figure out who the killer is. You can even create different characters for your guests to act out. Putting together a murder mystery game takes a bit of time and creativity, but you can easily find templates online to get started.

For an added bonus, select a theme and have guests come dressed in costume. This will make the game even more fun, and everyone can get creative with their looks. Popular murder mystery themes include the Roaring 20’s, the 80s’ and casino nights.

2. Get kooky with Junk in the Trunk.

Junk in the Trunk is perfect for your next dinner party. All it requires is an empty tissue box, cotton balls, and string. To play, tie the empty tissue box around someone’s waist with the string, fill it with cotton or ping pong balls, and set a timer for 30 seconds. The player shakes their butt as fast as they can to shake out the balls and get points.

At the end of 30 seconds, count how many balls they shook out—whoever shakes out the most wins! It’s a hilarious game that everyone can join in on, no matter what age. So grab those tissue boxes and get ready to shake your booty!

3. Be silly with Charades.

Charades is an easy game for any group. The rules are simple: one person acts out the title of a book, movie, or tv show while the other players guess what it is. Or, you can get creative with your categories and try something totally new. Actors can use anything but words to act out their clues—be as creative as you want!

All the host has to do is pre-write prompts on slips of paper, put them in a bowl or hat, and the game is ready to go!

4. Get to know each other with Two Truths and a Lie.

Two Truths and a Lie is a great icebreaker game to get everyone talking with conversation starters. Have each person say three facts about themselves – two true statements and one false statement. Everyone else tries to guess which statement is false. It’s up to you if you want to have prizes for guessing correctly or just let people vote on who they think is telling the truth. Two Truths and a Lie is an easy way to get people laughing and having fun in no time.

You can also mix it up with different themes, like “Two things I did this past weekend” or “Two dreams I want to accomplish.” But, no matter how you do it, Two Truths and a Lie will surely be the hit of your dinner party games.

5. Find the smarty-pants with a round of trivia.

Do you have a few trivia buffs in your group? Put their skills to the test with a round of dinner party trivia. You can create a trivia game yourself by choosing topics everyone might know a little something about.

For example, if you are hosting a birthday party, you could ask questions about the guest of honor or their favorite TV show. Or, if you are hosting a movie night, create questions about the films everyone is watching.

If you’d prefer something more general, try making up questions about pop culture, geography, sports, or history. You’ll be surprised how quickly the trivia night comes together.

To make it even more exciting, award prizes for the winner or keep track of each person’s score throughout the night.

6. Race against one another in Cup Stacking.

Cup Stacking is an entertaining and easy game to play, even if you don’t have any special props. All you need are plastic or paper cups of the same size and color that you can easily find at your local grocery store or on Amazon.

Assign each player a cup color, then have them race against one another to build their own cup towers. The goal is to be the first person to stack their cups in the correct order, from largest to smallest.

This game will bring out your competitive streak and have everyone laughing at their attempts. Plus, it’s a great way to practice motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Don’t be afraid to get silly with your cup stacking.

7. Get ready to laugh with a round of Pictionary.

This old-school game is sure to get everyone laughing. To play, divide players into two teams and have each team draw a card with a word or phrase written on it. One player must then try to draw the item while the other teammates guess what it is. The team that guesses correctly first wins the point!

Note: There is also a board game version of Pictionary if you prefer.

8. Shout out to Bingo!

Bingo is a classic dinner party game that’s great for any age. You can easily find printable Bingo cards online and create a set of your own. To mix up the game, you can create multiple cards with categories like Movies, Music, or Sports. Then make sure to get some small prizes to give out when someone hits Bingo!

9. Learn about one another’s quirks with Would You Rather.

This game is perfect for a dinner party that’s looking for something a bit more lighthearted. Each player takes turns asking the group questions about their preference between two scenarios—like “Would you rather be able to fly or read minds?” Of course, the answer will spark some interesting conversations!

Note: There is also a board game version of Would You Rather if you prefer.

10. A blast from the past: Connect Four.

Players take turns dropping discs into the grid, trying to be the first ones to get four of their colors in a row. It’s quick and easy, so you can keep conversations flowing while playing.

11. Engage in friendly fire with Battleship.

You won’t want to miss out on Battleship when it comes to dinner party entertainment. The classic game requires two players, and each person takes turns trying to sink their opponent’s ships by guessing their location on the board.

It’s a great game for dinner parties because you don’t need a lot of space or materials, and you can get through a few rounds in the time it takes to finish dinner. Make it a tournament to get everyone involved.

12. Try not to knock things down with Jenga.

The beloved block-stacking game is fun for everyone, even if you don’t think you’re good at it! Players take turns removing blocks from the tower and placing them on top without knocking them over. The last person to move without making the tower collapse is the winner.

Just keep it far away from the breakables!

13. Crack the puzzle with Codenames.

Codenames is a game of deduction and communication. Players split into two teams and take turns giving one-word clues to help their team guess all the words on the board before their opponents do. It requires good problem-solving skills, so it’s an excellent option for dinner parties with more experienced players.

Board Games

Board games are a great way to get the whole dinner party crew together for an evening of fun and laughter. Whether you’re looking for classic favorites like Guess Who or Would You Rather, or something new and exciting, board games provide hours of entertainment.

14. Earn your Ticket to Ride.

All aboard! Ticket to Ride is a great game option for dinner partygoers who are feeling strategic. The goal of the game is to travel routes between major cities, collecting cards and earning points along the way. It’s fast-paced and entertaining, so you’ll all have a great time. 

Hold on to your train ticket; it’s going to get competitive out on the rails!

15. Relive a classic with Guess Who.

This classic game has been around for decades, and it’s no wonder why. It’s easy to learn and can accommodate up to six players. Each player takes a turn asking yes or no questions about the other person’s mystery character card until one person guesses who it is correctly.

16. Unleash your artistic talents with Telestrations.

Telestrations is a board game that really lets you unlock your creativity and not-so-great artistic talents. One person draws a picture; the next person has to guess what it is, then draw their own interpretation of it, and so on, until the circle is complete. It’s an absolute blast.

Looking to spice things up? The Telestrations After Dark package is for adult eyes only!

17. Go back to English class with a game of Scrabble.

Scrabble is the perfect dinner party game for any group of word lovers. The classic board game has been around for decades and will provide hours of entertainment. Each player takes turns creating words and scoring points, and the person with the most points at the end of the game wins.

18. Solve a mystery with Clue.

Clue is a game of deduction and strategy that is perfect for sitting around the dinner table after dessert. Players must work together to figure out who killed Mr. Boddy in the mansion’s library, with what weapon, and where it happened. This game will require some thinking and logic, but that’s all part of the fun!

Bonus points if you tell your guests in advance to come dressed as their Clue character.

19. Try a face-paced round of Yahtzee.

Yahtzee is a fast-paced game of luck and strategy. Each player rolls five dice to try and make combinations that score points, such as three of a kind or four of a kind.

The person with the highest score at the end of the game wins. It’s an easy game to learn, and you will have time for a few rounds. Make sure to shout out “Yahtzee!” when your dice land five of a kind. 

20. Take a little Risk.

The aim of the game is to conquer the world by controlling every territory on the board. Players take turns moving their armies and attacking other territories in order to expand their empires. It’s a great game for dinner parties because it requires both strategy and luck, so you’ll never know who will come out on top.

21. Bankrupt your pals with Monopoly. 

Would it really be a game night if Monopoly wasn’t in the mix? This party game is the perfect way to put your guests up against some ruthless competition.

Players move around a board buying property, building houses, and collecting rent—all while trying to avoid going bankrupt! It’s a great way to get dinner conversation flowing as you cross your fingers, hoping not to be the one who owes all their money to the bank.

Card Games

Card games are a perfect way to get your dinner party group to laugh and have fun. Whether you prefer classic card games like Uno or newer ones like Cards Against Humanity, there’s something for everyone. There is no limit to the ways you can entertain with cards—here are just a few of our favorites!

22. Unlock your dark humor with Cards Against Humanity.

This popular adult party game has become a fan favorite for its ability to bring out people’s dark sense of humor. It can accommodate up to six players (but really, you can stretch it to as many folks as you need to in a large group) and will keep everyone laughing throughout the night.

The goal of the game is to match your cards with those in play and come up with the funniest answers possible. With a variety of topics and cards to choose from, no two games are ever the same!

23. Keep it PG with Apples to Apples.

Apples to Apples is a simple game for dinner parties with younger kids or those with a slightly more sensitive group of friends. It’s very similar to Cards Against Humanity, but the questions are tailored toward a family-friendly audience.

Each player takes turns drawing cards and presenting them to the group; then, everyone has to match their card with one from the draw pile that fits best. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins!

24. Enjoy a classic with a game of Uno.

This classic card game is perfect for a dinner party with four or more party guests. Everyone takes turns drawing and discarding cards, trying to be the first person to get rid of all their cards.

It’s easy to learn, but it can get surprisingly competitive – so make sure to come with your game face ready!

25. Get a little Taboo.

This deck of cards challenges players to describe a word without using any of the associated terms. Teams must guess what the word is before time runs out and their opponents can do it. It’s a great way to get people to think outside the box and have some laughs along the way.

26. Put on your Poker face.

Poker may be the right choice for a more experienced crowd. Each player receives cards and must bet on their hands in order to win the pot. There are many variations of poker, so it’s important to make sure everyone knows the rules before starting.

In any version, it’s all about bluffing your opponents and reading the table—who will come out on top?

27. Go Fish.

Go Fish is an accessible option for a game night with younger players. Each player is dealt five cards, and they must attempt to make pairs by asking other players if they have certain cards. The player who collects the most sets of four at the end wins the game.

28. Turn up the Speed.

Speed is a fast-paced card game that can be played with two or more players. The goal of the game is to get rid of all your cards by playing them onto the discard pile.

Players must think quickly in order to make moves and try to outwit their opponents. If you are looking for an energizing game that will keep your dinner party guests on their toes, this is it!

Closing Thoughts

No matter what type of dinner games you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone. From classic card games like Uno and Go Fish to more modern choices like Cards Against Humanity and Taboo, dinner parties are an excellent opportunity to have some fun with your family and friends. So grab some snacks, break out the cards, and get ready to have a night of dinner party games you won’t soon forget!

Is your dinner party going virtual? Take a look at our “Ultimate Virtual Game Night Guide.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some dinner party game ideas?

There are many dinner party games to choose from, such as Cards Against Humanity, Taboo, Poker, and Codenames. Each of these games can make for an exciting dinner party.

Are there dinner party games for younger kids?

Yes! Dinner party games for young children include Go Fish, Apples to Apples, and Uno. These games are simple yet entertaining and provide the perfect way to get young dinner guests involved.

Are dinner party games a good way to break the ice?

Absolutely! Dinner party games are great to get people talking and interacting. Something casual like a scratch-off adventure book could a no-stress introduction game.

What types of dinner party games are best for larger groups?

For larger gatherings, it is best to choose dinner party games that can accommodate a large number of players. You could also consider a fun virtual scavenger hunt.

What type of dinner party game should I choose?

The best dinner party games depend on the preferences of your guests and the party size. Classics like Uno or Pictionary are great choices, but virtual game nights are also becoming very popular.

Fun With Friends

21 Incredible Ideas for Your Best Friend Bucket List


Friends are the best part of life. They make us laugh, help us through hard times, and even remind us to take a break from our busy lives and enjoy life. No matter how long you’ve known each other, best friends share an unbreakable bond that’s made up of countless shared memories, adventures, and inside jokes. So why not create a best friend bucket list to honor this special connection? A best friend bucket list is a collection of activities and experiences that you can do together to make even more amazing memories and have fun together. These ideas are meant to be completed throughout your lifetime, so you can continue to look back on all the amazing things you’ve done together.

From getting matching tattoos to taking a road trip across your state, best friend bucket lists can be as creative and adventurous as you make them. Use this list to get inspired and create one of your own.

Build Your Bonds With Adventure

Looking for a way to reconnect with your besties? How about sharing an evening of puzzles and adventure games with Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition? Brimming with awesome challenges and indoor activities specially designed for best friends. Our books also include pay-it-forward adventures, conversation prompts, and even a scrapbooking section to record your hilarious time together. Buy the book now and strengthen your bonds today!

Your Best Friend Bucket List

This is the ultimate guide for creating a best friend bucket list that’s tailored to you and your BFF. From outdoor activities and cultural experiences to traveling abroad, here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley.

Put on your finest sundress and head over to one of Napa Valley’s many renowned vineyards for an unforgettable day of wine tasting. From the historic Inglenook Estate to the contemporary Cliff Lede Vineyards, a winery experience awaits you in every corner of this picturesque region.

At each stop, you’ll be able to sample world-class wines and learn about the secrets behind each bottle. If you’re lucky, you may even have the chance to meet one of Napa Valley’s celebrated winemakers.

 After a day out in the vineyards, head back into town for dinner at any one of the area’s acclaimed restaurants. Enjoy a leisurely meal while sipping on a glass of your favorite Napa Valley wine, and enjoy the evening with friends.

No matter what you choose to sample or experience, a day spent touring and tasting in Napa Valley is surely a best friend bucket list item. So grab your wine glass and go explore all that this region has to offer. Cheers!

2. Attend an international music festival.

Tomorrowland, Glastonbury, or Donauinselfest—whatever music festival you choose, it’s sure to be an unforgettable bff bucket list experience. Book a flight, gather your best friends, and prepare for an unforgettable music and fun weekend.

Dance the night away with people from all over the world to the best artists in the industry. Take part in exclusive VIP experiences and make memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Music festivals are more than just concerts—they’re an opportunity to bond with best friends through shared experiences and make lifelong memories. And best of all, you’ll have a million wild stories to tell when you come home!

No matter what genre of music you prefer, attending an international music festival is a best friend’s bucket list item that should not be missed. Round up your besties and prepare your festival outfits.

3. Go on an African Safari.

Look no further than Africa’s great safaris for the ultimate best friend bucket list experience. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the wilds of African countries like Tanzania and Zambia, spotting elephants, giraffes, lions, and more.

Stay in luxury safari lodges while exploring the region’s best national parks. Learn about local conservation efforts and participate in guided tours led by experienced guides. Take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti, or embark on a dawn game drive—the choice is yours!

No matter what you choose to do, an African safari will be an incredible best friend bucket list item. It’s sure to be an adventure you could never forget.

4. Ride every ride and roller coaster at Disney World.

For best friends in search of unlocking their inner child, there’s nothing quite like spending the day at Disney World. Ride every roller coaster and enjoy the never-ending lineup of entertainment.

From the soaring heights of Space Mountain to the epic cruise through Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s sure to be a great day.

Take some time to explore the parks and enjoy classic Disney attractions like It’s A Small World and Cinderella’s Castle. Don’t forget to get a picture with Mickey Mouse or any other of your favorite characters!

No best friend travel bucket list is complete without a trip to the happiest place on earth – so make sure you take some time out for an unforgettable day at Disney World.

5. Go Hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

Experience the best of nature and bond with your best friends on a hiking trip through Yellowstone National Park. Home to canyons, geysers, hot springs, and dramatic landscapes—there’s something for everyone in this sprawling national park.

From beautiful waterfalls to vast meadows and lush forests—you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to breathtaking scenery. Take a day or two to explore the stunning landscape and see for yourself why this is one of America’s greatest outdoor gems.

Pack your hiking backpacks, throw on some sturdy boots, and get ready for unforgettable memories in Yellowstone National Park.

6. Take a class to learn a new language.

Daydreaming of ordering pain au chocolat in Paris? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to order a meal in Tokyo? Learning a new language with friends is an incredibly rewarding way to spend time together.

Choose your language and sign up for classes together—from French, Spanish, or Mandarin—the choice is yours! A few hours of weekly practice will soon turn into conversations in no time—and best of all, the skills you learn will stay with you for a lifetime.

Learning a new language has lots of benefits, from improved brain function to reducing stress levels. So why not give it a try with your pals?

7. Fly to New York City and see a Broadway show.

New York is calling, and you need to answer. Whether you’re a fan of musicals, stand-up comedy, or plays—there’s something for everyone in the Big Apple.

Fly to New York City and get ready for an unforgettable best friend bucket list moment—seeing a show on Broadway! Catch your favorite production and laugh until your stomach hurts. Then, go take photos in Times Square and explore the best of New York City.

From the iconic Empire State Building to Central Park, this vibrant city has no shortage of sights and fun activities. Grab your besties and get ready to order some NY-style pizza and book a karaoke room!

8. Go bungee jumping in New Zealand.

Adrenaline junkies unite – it’s time to go bungee jumping! This iconic activity began in New Zealand, so it is the best place in the world to experience this thrilling adventure for the first time.

Jump off a bridge or platform suspended hundreds of feet above the ground. The rush of free-falling will make you feel alive, and best of all—you can share this experience with your besties!

Some operators, like the Shotover Canyon Swing, offer creative solutions to get off the platform. For example, daredevils can choose to ride off the edge of a child’s tricycle or even be pushed backward off a patio chair. The choice is yours!

9. Hire a photographer for a bestie photo shoot.

Who says professional photos are just for couples? Make memories that will last a lifetime with a bestie photo shoot! Hire a professional photographer to capture all your best moments together—from silly poses to beautiful portraits.

A best friend photoshoot is the perfect way to document your friendship and create cherished mementos for years to come. You can even choose an outdoor location like the beach or a park to best capture the environment and mood of your best friend session.f

10. Take an epic road trip across the U.S.

Nothing beats an unforgettable road trip across the United States with pals. Pack your bags, turn up the playlist, and hit the open road—from coast to coast, there’s plenty to see and do in this vast nation.

Choose a destination like the Grand Canyon or Los Angeles as your final destination and map out stops along the way! Stop for souvenirs, take photos at iconic landmarks, or just enjoy the change of scenery.

Consider taking the iconic Route 66 to enjoy some retro roadside attractions and classic American scenery. A road trip is truly one of the best summer bucket list ideas out there.

11. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London.

Welcome in the New Year with style—from views of Big Ben to the London Eye, celebrate New Year’s Eve in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Watch as thousands of fireworks light up the sky and usher in a brand new year surrounded by your best friends.

Put on your best dress and makeup, because London is full of incredible parties that you can attend for the special occasion. Take in a show at the West End or grab dinner and drinks with your pals before making your way to the city’s impressive fireworks displays.

Enjoy an unforgettable New Year’s celebration by the river Thames!

12. Go skydiving in Hawaii.

Feel the wind beneath your feet as you take on a brand new adventure—skydiving in Hawaii! This exhilarating experience will make your heart race and give you a rush like no other.

Jump from an airplane high above Oahu and soar overviews of this beautiful island. You can even get a GoPro to record every moment for later viewing. Then, float through the air and take in the stunning landscape below.

After you land, reward yourself with some tropical food or drinks and reminisce about the incredible experience.

13. Dance all night in Las Vegas.

Forget your average local clubs—take your best friends to Sin City for a night of dancing they’ll never forget. Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s most iconic venues, with live music and DJs playing all night long.

Whether you’re looking for an EDM festival or just a place to shake it on the dance floor, there’s something for everyone. Plus, you can take in the stunning neon lights of The Strip while you’re at it!

Popular spots like XS or OMNIA offer an unbeatable nightlife experience with top-tier DJs and drinks aplenty. Gather up your people and hit the dance floor – Las Vegas is calling your name!

14. Build a time capsule to open when you’re both 50 years old.

Nothing says “old friends” like a time capsule! Create a meaningful memento of your friendship by writing letters and gathering items to share when you turn 50 years old.

Write notes, take photos from scrapbooks, or even record videos for the future. You can fill your time capsule with all sorts of memories—from concert tickets and DIY crafts to favorite snacks—anything that captures the essence of your friendship.

Bury the capsule in a safe spot and mark it with a GPS tracker or landmark—that way, you’ll be able to find it easily when the time comes. Opening up this capsule in 50 years will bring you both back to all those cherished moments shared throughout your years together.

15. Enjoy a spa day at the Széchenyi Baths.

Enjoy the bucket list spa day with your friends. Located in Budapest, Hungary, Széchenyi Baths is one of Europe’s largest natural hot springs – perfect for soaking up some R&R with your best pals. Plus, its 20th-century architecture makes a great spot for some selfies.

Enjoy therapeutic waters that range from warm to hot as you unwind and let go of all your worries. You can also get a massage or enjoy some of the other spa treatments available here. While they don’t offer manicures, you can get a pedicure. Afterward, grab some drinks in Budapest’s famous ruin bars and let loose!

You’ll be sure to leave this experience feeling refreshed and even closer than ever.

16. Have a glamping sleepover in Moab, Utah.

Experience the great outdoors without having to sacrifice comfort. Pack your bags and head to Moab, Utah, for a glamping trip of a lifetime with your best friends!

Spend the night under the stars while still enjoying all the amenities you could ask for—from hot showers to cozy beds. Spend your days exploring nearby canyons and mountains, kayaking down the Colorado River, and even taking a hot air balloon ride.

At the end of each day, come back to your glamping retreat for some s’mores by the fire, music, and stories with your friends. With no phones or internet to distract you, this is the perfect opportunity for making new memories in a stunning natural setting.

17. Go on a shopping spree in Tokyo.

Make your way to Tokyo with your friends for an unforgettable shopping experience. This bustling metropolis has fun things for everyone, from designer stores to vintage markets and discount outlets. Get lost in the exciting atmosphere of Shinjuku’s electric streets while browsing the latest trends.

Stop by Harajuku for fashion-forward street styles, and then explore Akihabara for all sorts of geeky gadgets. Don’t forget to grab some treats at one of Tokyo’s many delicious restaurants!

Be sure to check out TikTok for hidden gems to explore. So go on, get your wallets out, and let the shopping spree begin!

18. Get matching tattoos.

If you and your best friend want a permanent reminder of your bestie bond, then why not get matching tattoos? Whether it’s an inside joke, a meaningful quote, or two mismatched pieces that fit together to form one complete design—whatever you choose to ink on your skin will be a statement of your friendship.

Getting tattooed can be a nerve-wracking experience, but having your best friend there to support you will make it even more special. Plus, it’ll give you something to laugh about in the years to come!

If you feel like taking the plunge and getting some ink, why not make it a best friend bucket list item? Get creative, and find a design that best expresses your bestie bond. After all, best friends forever are worth celebrating!

Not ready to commit to some ink? You can order some fake tattoos on Amazon for laughs!

19. Take a sightseeing tour of Scotland’s stunning Highlands.

Take in the majestic beauty of Scotland with a sightseeing trip with your pals! From lochs to mountains, this is the perfect destination for exploring some of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Start your journey in Edinburgh and make your way to the Highlands, where you can marvel at the rolling hills and glacial lakes. Visit charming villages like Thurso or Fort William before heading to famous castles like Eilean Donan Castle.

End your trip with a hike up Ben Nevis, The United Kingdom’s highest peak—it’s sure to be an experience you’ll never forget! Capture the stunning views along the way and take lots of new pictures to flood your social media with.

20. Take a culinary trip through Italy.

If you’ve just had to binge-watch Finding Italy, it’s time to treat your taste buds to an unforgettable adventure in Italy with your oldest and best high school friends by your side! From creamy gelato in Rome to fresh seafood in Sicily, this country will not disappoint. Get ready for some of the best cuisine you’ve ever had!

Start your journey in Rome, where you can sample dishes like carbonara and cacio e pepe and savor a scoop or two (or three!) of gelato. Then make your way to Bologna to try traditional mortadella sandwiches and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Head south to Sicily for some of the freshest seafood dishes, followed by Naples for delicious pizza and pasta. Follow travel influencers’ youtube channels like The Blonde Abroad to find even more inspiration Eat your way through this beautiful country with your best friends!

21. Go on a Colorado Ski Trip.

If you’re looking for an adventure with your pals, a ski trip to Colorado is a perfect choice! With miles of slopes and tons of resorts to choose from, you’ll be sure to have fun on the slopes. Explore the many ski villages in the state, like Steamboat Springs or Aspen, and make lifetime memories along the way. Never been skiing before? It’s time to pick up a new hobby on the bunny hill!

Stop at one of the many hot springs to relax after a long day on the slopes or explore Colorado’s great outdoors with hikes, biking trails, and camping spots. And don’t forget to grab some après-ski drinks with your friends—cheers!

Closing Thoughts

No matter what you and your friends are looking for, there’s something for everyone when traveling together. From exploring the canyons of Colorado to the markets of Tokyo, these best friend bucket list ideas will no doubt create lasting memories with your closest buddies. Get packing and start planning your next adventure!

All this friendship stuff sounds great, but you kinda have to have friends first. If you’re working on making great friends as an adult, take a few tips from “How to Make Friends as an Adult (and Why You Should!)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a best friend bucket list?

A best friend bucket list is a collection of activities and experiences that you can do together to make even more amazing memories and have fun together.

What are some best friend bucket list ideas?

Some best friend bucket list ideas include getting matching tattoos, taking a sightseeing tour of Scotland’s Highlands, going on a culinary trip through Italy, and going adventuring in Colorado.

How can I make my best friend bucket list special?

Making your best friend bucket list special is all about getting creative and finding activities that express your bestie bond. Try things like making a time capsule or going on a special trip.

What are some best friend bucket list activities?

Some best friend bucket list activities include taking a cooking class together, going on a road trip to a destination of your choice, and attending a music festival or sporting event.

What kind of best friend bucket list should I create?

Best friend bucket lists depend on what activities are meaningful to you both. Do you love the outdoors? Try a camping trip or overnight hike. If culture is more your style, go to a music festival.

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35 Amazing Things to Do on Summer Break


Ah, summer break! It’s what every kid looks forward to during the school year—no more listening to teachers babble or studying for big tests. It’s time to relax, sleep in, and have few responsibilities. However, summer break can quickly become a boring, repetitive cycle of sleeping, eating, and playing on your phone. In this article, we’ll provide you with 35 things to do on summer break to escape the boredom.

35 Things to Do on Summer Break

Overcoming the allure of screen time can be a challenging feat, especially when you find yourself with plenty of idle time. However, with some creative thinking, you can discover enjoyable and engaging activities to keep you entertained without relying on your phone. From learning a new hobby to exploring the great outdoors, there are countless ways to disconnect and make the most of your free time.

1. Go on a scavenger hunt.

If you’re looking for a fun and engaging way to explore cities, look no further than our Let’s Roam app! We offer unique and entertaining scavenger hunts that take you on an adventure through the most interesting and iconic locations in cities all over the world. With our app, you’ll have access to urban art walks, ghost tours, and attraction hunts loaded with fun challenges and interesting trivia that will keep you entertained and engaged throughout your journey. Whether you’re exploring on your own, with friends, or with family, our scavenger hunts are the perfect way to discover new sights and create lasting memories.

2. Have a museum day.

The United States boasts some of the finest museums in the world, catering to a diverse range of interests and budgets. If you’re a history buff, you’ve got plenty of options, from small, community-based museums that showcase local history to the renowned National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. (I enjoyed this museum so much that I went to it twice). In fact, some museums even offer overnight stays, providing a truly unique “night at the museum” experience! If you can’t get to a museum, there are scores of virtual museum tours you can do from your computer, like touring the Louvre in Paris.

3. Go to the park.

If you’re looking for a place to spend a relaxing afternoon with your friends or family, local parks are a perfect choice. Many parks have playgrounds for kids, walking paths, basketball courts, skate parks, and tennis courts. Some even have water features, like fountains or splash pads, for hot summer days. For teens, parks also offer fitness equipment, allowing you to get in a workout while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

4. Go on a road trip.

Embarking on a road trip is a great way to get out of the house and experience something new, whether it’s a solo trip or an adventure with friends. The open road holds endless possibilities, from breathtaking scenery to unique roadside attractions, and each mile traveled brings something new and unexpected.

All you need to do is pick a spot on the map, get in your car, and let the journey begin. Whether it’s exploring new towns, trying new foods, hiking through national parks, or taking a dip in a hidden swimming hole, the options are endless. Make a plan or completely wing it for some spontaneity!

If you want to see the national parks, go check out our blog on the ultimate national park road trip.

5. Go to the beach.

Summertime is the perfect time to head to your favorite beach with your whole family or just your friends to enjoy the warm weather, water, and sunshine. Why not use your creativity to make the most of it? Building a sand castle can be a challenging task, especially if you’re aiming for an elaborate design. Challenge your buddies to build the biggest and best! Go swimming, throw a frisbee, play beach volleyball, or just lounge in the sun (wear your sunscreen, folks). When you eventually need to cool off, grab a popsicle or ice cream.

6. Volunteer in your community.

Volunteering is a fulfilling way to give back to your community, and there are countless opportunities available. Whether you’re interested in helping people in need or supporting animal welfare, there’s something for everyone. If you enjoy working with animals, consider volunteering at your local animal shelter for the day and bathe pooches. If you want to help those in need, volunteer at a soup kitchen or help stock a food bank. Check with your church, local homeless shelter, or your city’s website for opportunities.

Remember, you don’t need an organization to work through. You can just as easily take a few friends and clean up litter in the park, rake leaves for an elderly neighbor, or arrange a gaming day at the old folks’ home!

7. Go on a service/mission trip.

Going on a mission trip is an incredible experience that will definitely change the way you view the world and different cultures. Mission trips with local churches or community organizations are a popular way for teens to get this experience, so check there first. If there is nothing available or you aren’t interested in that style of trip, look into a teen travel service.

These travel agencies work specifically with young people, designing service trips that are part volunteer, part tourism. For instance, you could work with injured primates in the jungles of Costa Rica, teach English in a school in the Philippines, or work to dig wells in an African village. The agencies take care of the itinerary, paperwork, and security, ensuring that the parents are comfortable and that all you have to do is focus on serving and enjoying.

For more information, check out “The Top 12 Service Trips for Teens.”

8. Attend a sporting event.

For sports enthusiasts, attending a live sporting event is an unforgettable experience. From the thrill of the game to the roar of the crowd, there’s nothing quite like the energy and excitement of being there in person. Summer is a great time to catch a baseball game, a soccer match, or a tennis tournament. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking for a fun evening, a live sporting event is a great way to enjoy some quality time with friends and family.

9. Have a sleepover.

Invite your friends over for an unforgettable time. Staying up all night, eating all your favorite snacks, watching movies, or playing board games is the perfect way to stay in touch with your friends over break. For a fun sleepover activity, head to your local craft store and get a kit to make your own tie-dye shirts or create a scrapbook to remember your night. If you need some ideas for activities, Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition has you covered!

10. Go camping.

When you’re craving an escape from the city, camping is an ideal way to immerse yourself in nature. From hiking and fishing to kayaking and canoeing, outdoor activities are a refreshing break from video games. If you’re in the mood for a more laid-back experience, you can simply kick back in your hammock and read a good book while soaking up the natural beauty that surrounds you. And when the sun sets, stargazing is a must, especially while snacking on some delicious s’mores by the campfire.

11. Learn a new language.

Why waste your free time when you can do something both productive and enjoyable? One great idea is to challenge yourself by learning a new language. Not only will it impress your friends, but it can also come in handy for future travels or job opportunities. Download Babble and learn from the app, learn in situ by taking an international trip, or sign up for a class at a local language center.

12. Try new foods.

If you’re feeling adventurous, trying new foods like crawfish, oysters, or sushi is a fun way to expand your palate and maybe even discover a new favorite dish. You can also try your hand at cooking something new to impress your friends and family. Masterclass and Cozymeals offer several amazing cooking classes that are easy to follow along with.

13. Tour your own territory.

Another way to make the most of your summer break is by exploring new places. This doesn’t necessarily mean traveling to far-off destinations—it could be as simple as checking out a new gallery in your city or taking a day trip to a nearby town that you’ve never visited.

14. Learn a new skill.

If you’re looking to pick up a new skill, there are plenty of options to consider. Knitting, archery, skateboarding, and woodworking are just a few examples of activities you can try. Get creative and build a DIY treehouse with your friends to have a special retreat spot to call your own.

15. Attend a concert.

Attending outdoor concerts in the United States is a popular pastime. From intimate shows to large-scale festivals, there are plenty of options available for music lovers of all genres. Head to Chicago for Lollapalooza, check out Coachella, or attend one of the shows at your local fairgrounds.

16. Go for a bike ride.

When you’re feeling cooped up and need some fresh air and exercise, going for a bike ride is an excellent way to explore your city and spend time with friends. You can start by mapping out a new route that takes you to a part of town you haven’t seen before or even try out a nearby bike trail. Plus, it’s a fun way to discover hidden gems and local hotspots that you might not have known existed.

17. Find a drive-in movie theater.

Going to a drive-in movie is a fun thing to do on summer break, and there has been a resurgence in these vintage theaters in recent years. Unlike traditional movie theaters, drive-ins offer a retro atmosphere that can be a fun experience for families and friends alike. You can also bring chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy outside of your car, creating a cozy movie-watching experience.

18. Have a car wash.

Hosting a carwash is a popular way to raise money for a variety of causes, such as school events, charity organizations, and sports teams. Not only is it a fun activity, but it’s also a great opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause. All you need is a parking lot, a few buckets, and lots of soap!

19. Go geocaching.

Geocaching is a modern treasure hunt that takes place all over the world. People use GPS devices to search for hidden treasures. They’re hidden in plain sight using latitude and longitude coordinates, with online clues provided to aid seekers in their quest. It’s a game of hide-and-seek that promotes outdoor exploration and environmental stewardship.

20. Go whitewater rafting.

Barrelling down the rapids in a raft is an exhilarating experience! Don’t worry, professional guides will teach you what to do and how to stay safe as they guide you down the river, avoiding all the big rocks. Whitewater rafting involves an element of teamwork, so it’s the perfect summer activity for sports teams or work crews.

21. Go on a hot air balloon ride.

Going on a hot air balloon ride is a breathtaking experience. As you lift off the ground, you feel weightless and free, soaring above the earth with a sense of awe and wonder. The views are spectacular, with panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape, cities, and countryside. A hot air balloon ride is an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

22. Learn to scuba dive.

Use your summer break to learn how to scuba dive. You start by mastering the basic skills in a pool and then progress to open water dives, where you explore a whole new world beneath the waves. The weightlessness of diving makes it feel like you’re flying, and the vibrant colors of the marine life are mesmerizing. Learning to scuba dive opens up a whole new world of adventure and exploration that will stay with you forever.

23. Become a lifeguard.

Who doesn’t want a job sitting in the sun by a pool? Becoming a lifeguard is a challenging experience that requires a high level of physical fitness, training, and responsibility. To become a lifeguard, one must complete extensive training in CPR, first aid, and water rescue techniques. Although the job can be demanding, it provides an opportunity to help others and make a real difference in people’s lives, all while enjoying the sun and water.

24. Throw some axes.

Ax throwing has gained popularity in recent years. It requires skill, accuracy, and a steady hand. Participants take turns throwing an ax at a wooden target, aiming to hit the bullseye. It’s a great way to relieve stress, improve hand-eye coordination, and bond with friends or colleagues. Ax throwing venues often have a fun and festive atmosphere, with music and refreshments available.

25. Attempt a ropes course.

Taking on a ropes course is a fun thing to do on summer break that tests both physical and mental limits. It involves navigating a series of obstacles, such as swinging bridges, tightropes, and zip lines, high above the ground. They provide a sense of accomplishment and boost confidence as participants overcome their fears and complete each challenge.

26. Play disc golf.

Golf can be a very frustrating and expensive game to play, so try a little-less-expensive version. Disc golf rules are the same as golf, but instead of a ball and a club, you have a specialized frisbee and a basket. Discs are a fairly cheap purchase from any sporting goods store.

27. Create a DIY American Ninja Warrior course.

Manufacturing a DIY obstacle course is a unique way to put your creativity to use. It involves constructing a series of challenges that mimic those found on the popular TV show American Ninja Warrior. Some examples include a warped wall, salmon ladder, and monkey bars. Building the course requires creativity, ingenuity, and some basic construction skills. If this is too big of a challenge, use the monkey bars, slides, and seesaws at your local park and challenge your friends to a race.

28. Take an online class.

Taking online classes can offer teens the flexibility to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule, which can be particularly helpful for those with busy extracurricular activities or part-time jobs. They also allow teens to access a wider range of courses and teachers than what is available at their local school, opening up new academic opportunities and interests.

29. Join a mentor program.

Joining a mentor program not only provides you with an opportunity to help a younger person achieve great things, but it is also a learning experience for you. Programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America afford you the opportunity to pair up with a young person for fun activities and projects. Whether you are a “big” or a “little,” these mentoring programs are an awesome way to add meaning to your summer vacation!

30. Start a book club.

Starting a book club can be a fun and rewarding way to connect with others who want to explore new books and ideas. Book clubs can provide a platform for engaging discussions, allowing members to share their thoughts, opinions, and perspectives on a variety of topics and themes. Reese Witherspoon and Oprah both have book clubs you can follow along with, or you can just choose your own. Make some snacks, gather the crew, and enjoy!

31. Host a water balloon fight.

Nothing screams summer quite like an epic water balloon fight. Have a free-for-all, organize a team battle, or combine your balloon war with a game of Capture The Flag. It’s the perfect way to cool off and enjoy some lighthearted fun in the sun.

32. Have a bonfire.

One of my fondest memories is of a perfect summer night spent with friends, listening to music and standing by the bonfire. The warm air was filled with the sounds of our favorite songs and the smell of hot dogs roasting. We laughed and danced under the stars, enjoying each other’s company and the magic of the moment. In the rural South, this is one of the most popular summer activities.

33. Build a slip-n-slide.

The joys of a slip-n-slide are hard to match. There’s nothing quite like running and launching yourself onto the slick surface, feeling the cool water spray up around you as you glide along. Invite your buddies over and make a day of it.

34. Have a fishing derby.

Why not turn your love of fishing into a friendly competition with friends or family? Competing to see who can catch the biggest or most fish can add an extra layer of excitement to the experience. Plus, it’s a great way to bond and create memories while enjoying the great outdoors.

35. Have a henna tattoo party.

Hosting a henna tattoo party is a unique way to express your artistic talent. Amazon sells a variety of kits with all the necessary materials. Make sure to provide plenty of design inspiration and snacks and encourage guests to experiment with different patterns and styles. Don’t worry, it’s not permanent.

Have an Epic Summer!

Summer is a time to relax and unwind, but that doesn’t mean it should be boring. With this list of 35 things to do on summer break, you have everything you need to mix it up this year. From outdoor activities and creative pursuits to new experiences and learning opportunities, there’s something for everyone.

For more summer ideas, check out Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition! It’s stocked with 50+ scratch-off adventures ranging from in-home crafts to exciting road trips!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do on summer break at home?

Depending on your interests, some of the fun things to do on summer break include having a henna tattoo party, building a bonfire, or taking an online cooking class!

What are some outdoor activities to do during summer break?

Fun summer activities include city scavenger hunts and camping trips. Try hosting a fishing derby or learning a new skill! Need more ideas? Check out Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition.

How do I stop being bored during summer break?

Being active can improve your mood. Try something unique, like building an American Ninja Warrior course, a slip-n-slide, or one of the activities from Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition.

What is something educational I can do during summer break?

To keep your brain active this summer, take an online cooking course, tour a museum, or learn a new language. If you want to engage your friends, too, start a book club!

What meaningful experience can I have over summer break?

Volunteering at an animal shelter, going on a mission trip, and serving as a mentor are all wonderful ways to add value to your summer. Recruit your friends and make awesome memories!

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What Is a Bromance?

what-is-a-bromanceTaken by Toa Heftiba

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What is a bromance?” The term is used in tons of pop culture references to describe a couple of dudes who are good friends. It sounds a bit cheesy, but these relationships are extremely beneficial to all parties. No matter what you call it, having close same-sex, non-sexual relationships is good for your mental and physical health. We’re giving you all the info on bromances, why they’re beneficial, how to find the best bro, and what activities you can do once you’re part of a bromance.

Enjoying a Guys’ Night Out With Adventures From Scratch

Don’t neglect your bromance, man. If you’re looking for fun activities to do on a guys’ night out, we’ve got you covered. Check out the Adventures From Scratch book! Don’t worry, this doesn’t involve cuddles and romance (although there is a date edition). Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition is all about bonding adventures with good buddies. Instead of always going to the usual beer and wings night at a local bar, pick from over 50 challenges that will have you laughing and creating memories. Cut loose tonight!

What Is a Bromance?

Before we get in too deep, let’s cover the actual definition of bromantic relationships and answer the question—What is a bromance? Dave Carnie, an American editor, coined the term in the 1990s, and it’s a blend of the words brother and romance. He was originally referring to skateboarders and how much time they spend together. The term has morphed into a term to describe a very close friendship between (usually) straight men and pokes fun at the intimacy that can be present. 

Homosocial relationships are same-sex relationships that are not of a romantic or sexual nature. Because that’s a more scientific term used in sociology studies and reports, society clings to words that are way more fun to say and easier to understand quickly. Enter bromance, a term for male friendships where you might finish each other’s sentences and know all the quirks about a person without being in a romantic relationship. It doesn’t just have to refer to heterosexual men, but it’s used to describe best friends or young men who aren’t attracted to one another but spend a lot of time together. 

Examples of Popular Bromances 

Hollywood has many examples of BFFs that could be classified as bromances. Consider the movie I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Paul Rudd’s character is getting married and realizes he doesn’t have any guy friends. He goes on a series of man-dates with the aim of finding new friends who can join him at his wedding. The entire movie is about two guys falling into a bromance, and it’s a perfect example. 

Other movie bromances include Maverick and Goose from Top Gun, Bodhi and Johnny Utah from Point Break, Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon, and, really, all the guys from The Hangover. TV shows love to feature romances. From Cory and Shawn on Boy Meets World to Turk and J.D. from Scrubs, these relationships are often lifelong and provide great entertainment for audiences. 

You can probably think of plenty you’ve seen in your own life. Even President Biden and President Obama have been referred to as a bromance, with hilarious memes circling the internet of them in matching aviators at the White House. Now that you’ve got the idea, let’s get into some of the benefits. 

Why Would I Want a Best Bro?

Many people believe that men and women require different things from their relationships, but that’s not true. For a long time, men have been discouraged from sharing their emotions. They’ve been told that’s a feminine thing. Society is just starting to celebrate men sharing their feelings, vulnerabilities, and emotions. It’s healthy to have emotional intimacy, no matter your gender. 

A study from Men and Masculinities reported that young men receive more emotional satisfaction from their bromances or non-sexual relationships than their romantic partners. The benefits of having a bromance are plentiful. 

Benefits of a Bromance

Provides Emotional Support

Close male relationships have proven to elevate emotional stability and social fulfillment. You’ll have someone who isn’t your girlfriend, partner, or spouse to get advice from. You can also talk with them about real-life struggles. Conversations about various things can help you open up more in other relationships and build your conflict-resolution skills. Plus, you know you have a best friend who has your back and supports you.

Relieves Stress

Friends provide stress relief. When things at work or home are stressful, you can turn to your friends for an outlet. Talk it out or let them get your mind off things and get you laughing. Being around your friends will help lower your cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. Whether you blow off some steam over a happy hour or hit the trails together and get some exercise, just having a person to chat with and bounce ideas off of is extremely beneficial. 

Improves Social Life

Maybe you’ve developed a man crush on someone who always seems to be doing cool stuff. Maybe you want to get out and do more. Start a friendship. You’ll be introduced to new activities and more people by making friends. Once you have a tight relationship with someone, you’ll be much more likely to try new things knowing you have someone with you who can either help or try it right alongside you for the first time. 

Benefits Physical Health and Brain Functions

Tons of studies show that having strong social connections is really good for your physical health and helps you fight off dementia. It also slows cognitive decline. Having in-person conversations helps you continue to learn new things and stay active. You have friends whom you can exercise with and stay motivated by.

Allows You to Be Yourself

Self-esteem is important during all phases of life. With your bros, you can always be yourself and have a support system of people who like being around you and care about you. Even though society’s expectations are changing, it’s still good to have close friends with whom you can share your emotions and feel comfortable. When you’re able to be yourself, it boosts your self-esteem. 

Where Can I Find Bros?

So how do you know the best place to find bros? Here are some ideas to help you get out and meet new people. 

Join a hobby group.

Make a list of the things you like doing and then start searching for groups of people who share those interests. If you’ve never looked at the available options before, you’ll probably be surprised at how many unique groups are out there. Whether it’s something physical, like rock climbing or kayaking, or you play chess or a certain video game, you can find a group that shares your interest. Meetup is a website dedicated to bringing groups like this together, so that’s a great place to start.

Sign up for a sports team.

Check the local recreation centers, Craigslist, and community Facebook groups for sports leagues. Whether you were a professional athlete or you’ve never played the sport, there are typically leagues and teams for all levels, and they are constantly looking for new members. Pick a sport you think you would enjoy, learn a few of the basics, and then sign up. Most of these leagues are pretty casual and laid-back. 

Head out solo to local events.

Don’t be afraid to head out on the town without a wingman. Sit at the bar and strike up conversations. Attend events for a sports team, holidays, or museums on your own and be open to chatting with new people. The odds are pretty good that you won’t be the only person on your own. Just make sure you make yourself available for conversation; don’t sit with your face buried in your phone the whole time.

Use your current network.

Consider the people you already know and take advantage of the network you’ve built. Organize a happy hour and get to know your coworkers better. Host a party and have everyone bring one or two guests so everyone can meet new people. Start a book club with a few friends where each member invites someone in their circle and then plan monthly conversations. 

Find a fraternal organization.

Multiple organizations exist to provide a place for men to gather. They’re called fraternities! Some were created for veterans, like Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, and others exist to help encourage positive change in the world, like the Order of Elks. These clubs and organizations bring men together and are dedicated to the members’ intellectual, physical, and social development. Check out the options, see if any sound appealing to you, and sign up. You’ll be initiated with a group of other people, and it’s a great way to meet other men in your area.

Take advantage of social media.

Social media can be used as a great tool to expand your network. It doesn’t matter if you live in a large metro area, like New York City, or a small town in Iowa. People everywhere are using social media. Instead of just scrolling through photos and TikToks, put the tools to use and seek out some people in your area who might share some of your interests. It’s no longer weird to follow people whom you don’t know or drop a message to someone. Not everyone will be open to meeting new people this way, but plenty of people connect with new friends this way.

What Can I Do With My Bro?

Spending time with your male friends is important, but it’s fun to have interactive experiences and do new and different things together. If you’ve been looking for new things to do with your guy friends, here are a few male bonding ideas to put on the schedule. 

Board Games

It might sound a bit nerdy, but board games have really evolved in the last few decades There are card games and strategy games that feature many unique characters and situations. Unexploded Cow is a funny but oddly dark game where bombs are littered across the French countryside after the Great War. You play the game by placing cows and trying to clear the field using tactical cards. Catan is another popular game for groups. Take turns gathering resources for your settlements and trade with other players. It’s simple to learn and provides hours of entertainment. Try these or another one of the top board games for adults with your buddies.

Local Scavenger Hunt

Get out and explore with an app-based scavenger hunt from Let’s Roam. Follow the prompts to find locations, complete challenges, and solve puzzles as a team. Compete against other teams and score as many points as possible while you’re out there. There are even some haunted ghost tours and bar crawls, depending on what you want to get out of your experience. 

Bike Rides

Most large cities have programs to rent bikes and pay by the hour. Grab some bikes and head towards a new neighborhood to explore for the day. Try a new restaurant or a new pub while you’re out (if you don’t need a shower). It’s a fun way to get some exercise and move your legs while still being able to hang out.

Training for a Marathon or Activity

Training for a big race is way more fun if you can do it with a partner. Look at calendars to see what fun events are coming to your city and create a training program. Running races are extremely popular, but there are all kinds of physical events that you can prep for. Work together to raise money for a good cause and help motivate each other. Knowing that you have an accountability partner will make it easier to show up consistently.

Movie Marathon

Has it been years since you’ve watched the original Star Wars trilogy? Maybe you’ve never watched all the Godfather movies. Put a date on the calendar and queue up whatever flicks you have on your list. Make sure to stock up on snacks, like popcorn and candy, and maybe even grab a six-pack of beers and spend some time watching movies.

Heading to an Event

There will be plenty of bands and sporting events you want to see that your girlfriend or wife has zero interest in. This is one of the best things about a bromance: You have a partner to see those concerts with! Talk to your buddies and see what things you’re interested in and then look for tickets. It’s nice to be able to go with people who enjoy the experience as much as you do.

Taste Testing Local Food

Food brings everyone together, so why not create an event that incorporates something tasty? Think about a food item everyone likes or a local specialty, like pizza in New York or fish tacos in Southern California. Once you have a particular type of food, pick a few places that claim to have the best. Ask your friends for suggestions. Then set out to try each place and rank them. You can do this all in one day or spread it over a few weeks. It’s fun to have a little friendly debate and enjoy good meals with friends. This can easily be turned into a competition with something you each cook, like chili. 

Hitting the Courts (or Course)

Getting outside is beneficial for so many reasons, and there are some spectacular outdoor activities you can do with your friends. Golf is a popular activity. It gives you a chance to get fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery with good company. If you want to get your heart rate up a little more, try Pickleball. This racket sport can be played on most tennis courts and is gaining popularity rapidly in the US. 

Video Games

A classic activity for a couple of bros is spending an evening on the couch playing video games. You can find every kind of game now, from sports to strategy and racing. If neither of you has a video game console and the equipment, head to a local arcade and spend some coins playing each other in pinball, air hockey, or Cruisin’ USA. 

Trivia Night

Many pubs and breweries now offer weekly trivia nights. Gather your guy friends and see if you can put your heads together to come out on the top of the leaderboard. Hopefully, you each have your own specialty areas to contribute. Either way, you’ll learn something new, enjoy a few cold beverages, and maybe even win some stuff. It’s a great way to get out on a weeknight and do something interactive. 

Book Club

A book club is one type of group activity that never seems to go out of style. If you like reading, grab a group of your guy friends and start a book club. Pick a certain genre or take turns choosing the selection. It’s a great excuse to get people together and have a conversation about a specific topic. Plus, you can set out good snacks and drinks. It will encourage you to read a bit more, which has all kinds of benefits.

Final Thoughts on Bromances

Hopefully, now that you’ve read this article, you’re already pumped up for your next guys’ night out. Don’t worry, if you aren’t in a bromance currently, you aren’t alone. Just put yourself out there and work to meet new friends, and you’ll build a strong bond with someone soon. You’ll find the Wayne to your Garth and be ready to party on.

Do you already have a bromance? Where did you find him? Let us know in the comments!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I plan a fun guys’ night out?

If you’re looking for some fun guys’ night out ideas for your bromance, check out local arcades, try a trivia night at your local bar or pub, or try a new sport together, like pickleball.

What are some creative ideas for a guy friend’s birthday party?

Gather your best bros and put together a food or beer tour. Plot out some destinations, compare notes, and decide which is the best. Or, gather everyone for a poker game or round of video games.

What’s a good way to meet new friends?

There are many great options to make new friends as an adult. Check out the local social media groups for meetups, sports leagues, or social events. Take yourself out to a bar and be open.

How can I set up a consistent guys’ night each week?

Maintaining adult friendships can be tough. Pick a night of the week and keep it on the calendar for your bromance. Even if someone has to skip a week, it’s easy to jump back into the routine.

What are the best places to travel with a group of guy friends?

If you have long-distance friendships or just need a vacation, plan a trip to do an activity that your bros love doing, like golf or seeing a specific sports team play. Plan an adventure once a year!

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Girls’ Night In: Ideas for Your Next Indoor Gals’ Gathering


Dreary winter nights don’t have to spoil your fun. Just move the party inside with one of these easy and fun girls’ night-in ideas! Let’s be honest—even if the weather is perfect, sometimes you just don’t want to get all dressed up and fight crowds after a long workweek. There’s a time and place for getting fancy and going out, but being able to hang with the gal pals in the comfort of your own home sounds pretty good, too. In honor of all the girls who just want to hang with your sistas without all those other people, we’ve gathered up 30 ladies’ night-in ideas for every type of crew. So grab your favorite bottle of wine, invite the besties over, and pick an activity that suits your vibe.

Building Better Friendships With Adventures From Scratch

Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition has launched, and it’s full of amazing adventures and in-home activities specifically designed for friend groups. Just consult the simple key, scratch off your choice, and let the chaos unfold. Our books also include pay-it-forward adventures, conversation prompts, and even a scrapbooking section to record your adventures together. P.S., this little guy is loaded with great girls’ night-in ideas. Strengthen your bonds, relax in your comfy clothes, and let the laughing commence!

30 Fun Girls’ Night-In Ideas

1. Virtual Game Night

Game night is an oldie but a goodie. If all your best gal pals are local, have an in-person get-together for board games. If not, join together for one of our virtual game nights. We have trivia, geography, emoji decoders, Pictionary, and much more. Our innovative video chat platform allows you to sign up, invite friends, pick your game, and play all night without downloading any software or messing with any video conferencing sites. For a fun night with your best friends that takes pretty much no planning, this is your winner!

2. Virtual Wine Tasting and a Comedy Show

If you’re looking for a different twist on the traditional vineyard experience but still want to wear your pajamas, a virtual wine tasting and comedy show with Sam Mushman might be just the ticket. This hilarious program from Seven Hills Global is an all-inclusive package. Once you register, they will deliver a wine-tasting kit to your home for each guest. Then, you and your crew can sit back and learn all the ins and outs of proper tasting and pairing from a professional sommelier while getting in a good laugh, too! It’s the absolute best of two worlds.

3. Virtual Cooking Class

Cooking might be the last thing you consider to be a fun girls’ night-in idea, but like anything else on the list, when done with your besties, the chore of cooking becomes a whole different ball game. You won’t just be whipping up some boring spaghetti, either. Virtual cooking classes from Cozymeal, Masterclass, or a million other programs out there are brilliant ways to spend an evening with the girls. Many of them even have a crate of fresh food items delivered to your door, so you don’t have to do any shopping!

4. Ice Cream Bar

Forget the meal; order takeout! Then, spend the night vegging out on ice cream sundaes and binging Netflix. It’s an easy, cheap, and tasty way to reconnect with the girls. Everyone can wear their PJs. Nobody needs a face of makeup. Large bowls and spoons are suggested, and the more sprinkles, the better! We can’t think of a more delectable idea than loads of ice cream for your next girls’ night.

5. Karaoke Night Upgrade

Forget the traditional karaoke party. Gather your best girls. Design your own costumes, and create a music video that YouTube and the Spice Girls would be proud of! All you need is your phone, some snazzy fits, and possibly a shot or two of tequila. This one won’t be for everyone, but with the right group of ladies, it’s a hilarious girls’ night-in idea!

6. Themed Photoshoot

If there’s a photographer or Instagram lover in your clan, document your girls’ night in pics. Select a theme, like ’90s Grunge, Princess Party, or Old Money Fits, and spend the evening styling your outfit, hair, and makeup. When everyone is ready, put on your own runway show or set up an area of your home for a themed photoshoot. Not only will you have a blast with your best friends throughout the night, but you’ll also have amazing photos to remember the evening by.

Writer Note: While this activity might sound a little amateur, I can personally attest that it’s really memorable. About ten years ago, a good friend of mine decided to have a margarita and Glamour Shots-themed bachelorette party. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Glamour Shots was a trend in the ’90s where women would go into a photo studio, get made up in over-the-top glitzy attire and makeup, and take photos.

Anyway, we all brought sequined dresses from Goodwill and ridiculous costumes. A few girls were assigned to hair and makeup, the margaritas flowed, and we scored some of the most fabulous photos that have ever been taken in the history of mankind. I can’t show you because the pictures are to be forever designated top secret, but I’ll never forget that night with my girls.

7. Spa Night

For a more relaxed evening, stop by Target and grab some face masks, scrubs, and a few manicure kits or a DIY spa night. Treat your best girls to a night of pampering, finger foods, soothing music, and chick flicks. If you’re feeling really connected, build a big blanket pallet and turn it into a sleepover.

8. Virtual Museum Tour

For a fancy night out without actually going out, join a virtual museum or art gallery tour. You can jet off to the Louvre in France, pop into the British Museum in London, or hang out at the MET in NYC, all from the comfort of your couch. Virtual museum tours are about the only good thing that came out of that whole pandemic thing.

9. Backyard Stargazing

When the weather is right and the skies are clear, head out to the roof with a picnic basket and blanket for a night of stargazing. If you’re afraid of heights, the patio will do, too. There’s no better way to connect with someone than to lie side by side and solve all the problems of the universe over wine and cheese.

10. Fight Night

If you and your best girlfriends are more of a feisty crew, consider planning a pay-per-view fight night. Boxing and UFC fights are a fun girls’ night party idea for those who love a little action. Swap the wine and cheese for chips and beer, and you’re all set!

If you’re really feeling it, invest in some gloves and have a little sparring of your own. Just don’t hit your friends in the face. For a really fun take on fight night without the bruises, turn the real fight on in the background and rent those sumo wrestling suits for a hilarious tumble in the living room. We guarantee watching your best friends smash each other in a sumo suit will be the funniest girls’ night you’ve had in a while!

11. Much-Needed Makeovers

There’s probably a fair share of us that could use a little updating, either in the clothing, makeup, or hair department… or maybe all of them! If you have some fashionista friends, invite them over for a makeover party. It’s a fun ladies’ night idea that doesn’t take any planning, and you get some much-needed style advice. It’s a win-win.

12. Virtual Escape Room

At Let’s Roam, we excel at team building, and we have loads of virtual activities to help coworkers bond and work as a team, but you can also take our activities and mold them into a bonding night for you and your besties! Our virtual escape room is the perfect example. We have several creative themes, and you can play with two players or 500 players. You will need to plan this one in advance, but it makes for a great bachelorette or birthday party idea!

13. Virtual Murder Mystery

Another awesome option for a special occasion is our Murder Mystery Night! Our team has created amazing themes, ranging from “Halloween Whodunnit” to “Murder on the Space Station.” You’ll get to engage with our outgoing hosts and participate in a fully scripted mystery where you are the sleuths. Find out which one of your besties should have been a detective and which one just might be a murderer in disguise.

14. Dreaming of Vacation

Do you and the girls take a trip each year together? If you don’t, now is a good time to institute that tradition! If your summer beach vacation is still months away, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend a winter Saturday night planning the deets. Get together with your travel crew and spend the evening eating takeout from your intended destination, finding the absolute best resorts and shopping for those adorable monogrammed swimsuits on Etsy.

15. TikTok Dance Party

TikTok has made dancing easy for uncoordinated white people the world over. So, even if you can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, you and your besties can still bust a move with the best of them. Take a few minutes to find the dances you like or ones that are trending. Master the moves and post away! If nothing else, you’ll get in some good giggles, and that’s what girls’ night is all about, right?

16. Book Club

For the perfect girls’ night, invite over your quieter friends for a book club sesh. Bust out the murder mysteries, ridiculous romance novels, or a few classics and read them together. Most of us could use a little push to be more consistent readers, and having a group of friends all reading the same material can help a ton! Plus, you get to gather together for snacks and wine while you discuss this week’s chapters.

17. Chick Flick Binge

While creativity is always appreciated, there’s nothing wrong with an easy movie night with the girls, binging on your favorite rom-coms. If you have a favorite actor, gather some of their best works or pick a theme that correlates to the time of year, like Valentine’s comedies or Christmas romance flicks!

18. Backyard BBQ

Summer nights are best spent outdoors with a hamburger in hand and a little competition. Bust out the yard games. Grill some tasty game food and challenge the girls to a game of cornhole. Turn on a great playlist, pull out the ice chests, and fill them with cokes and beer. Make some homemade ice cream or stock up on popsicles. When it gets dark, gather around the firepit for s’mores. Perfect!

19. Goal Night

Okay, you don’t have the motivation to go out tonight. You can still get some important stuff done! Get a few cute pushpin boards at your hobby store and gather your besties for a night of motivation. Turn on some music that makes you feel empowered and talk about your goals for this year. What do you want to accomplish? How can you help each other get there? Having a group of dedicated friends to keep you accountable is the best way to stay on track, so spend a night sharing your goals with your BFFs, document them in a cute way, and then assign a goal partner to each guest to help keep each other motivated!

20. Card Night

Playing cards is definitely old-school. Women have been playing and gossiping about their husbands since pinochle was popular, but it’s still a fun way to bond. Sitting around a table and chatting with your best gals over a little competition is a low-key way to enjoy each other’s time. Plus, it takes little to no planning. For more updated girls’ night games, invest in Cards Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens.

21. Old-Fashioned Party Games

Speaking of games, sometimes it’s fun to get really nostalgic and bring out the board games or hilarious games you used to play as a kid. We’ve gathered all the best ideas in “25 Fantastic Party Games to Play With Friends” and “40 Fun Board Games to Play With Friends.”

22. International Dinner Night

For a unique girls’ night-in idea that celebrates cultures and allows you to travel the world without leaving your house, plan an international food night! Pick a place. Send out invites to the girls. Have everyone make a food item (or order takeout) from that destination. Make a playlist that corresponds and let the fun begin. You could also opt to have everyone chip in on ingredients and cook a meal together!

23. Themed Party

It’s amazing how adding a theme can spice up any boring activity. Attaching a theme makes it easier to plan, encourages creativity, and just seems to get people excited. For a fun girls’ night idea, think about themes you can really go all out for. Perhaps you host a Grease-themed dance party, a princess-themed photoshoot night, or a 1920s flapper cocktail gathering.

24. Charcuterie Night

Why do cheese and meat taste so much better when beautifully displayed on a fancy charcuterie board? We have no idea. It’s still basically toddler food, an adult version of Lunchables, but somehow, it feels upscale… especially if you add chocolate or beer cheese fondue!

25. Family Recipe Tasting Party

If you have a diverse group of friends, ask each girl to bring their favorite traditional family recipe and have a big potluck. Friends will likely bring a recipe that means something to them… grandma’s famous chocolate cake or a holiday tradition from their native home. Not only will you gorge yourself on tasty food, but you get to know more about your friends’ heritages and will likely share amazing memories, too.

26. Mixology Class

If you’ve always wanted to learn to make beautiful cocktails, now is the time! Classbento has more than 40 different online mixology courses, and most of them include a DIY cocktail kit that is sent right to your door. Classes include interesting drink information, a tutorial from an expert mixologist, and high-quality ingredients.

27. Clothing Swap

Are you sick of literally everything in your closet? Chances are your friends have had the same feeling lately. Gather all the clothes you’re ready to get rid of. Call the girls. Have them do the same thing. Throw it all in a pile on the floor and go shopping, for free! You can peruse at will or turn it into a game by drawing names out of a hat for a turn to choose. Then play “White Elephant” style, where friends can steal an item or pick one from the pile on their turn.

28. Teach-A-Craft Night

Crafting can be a great stress reliever after a long week. Take turns within your friend group teaching each other your favorite hobbies. Maybe one of you knows how to sew? Someone else can probably paint or draw, and we all have that one friend who knows how to build and make everything. Now is the time to learn their ways!

29. Renovation Night

Speaking of that handy friend, put her to use on that bathroom remodel you’ve been thinking about! When it comes to remodeling, the more capable hands, the better. This week, you paint your bathroom. Next weekend, you change the knobs on her kitchen cabinets. Big chores are way more fun with a little company from your besties.

30. De-stress Fest

If you’ve had a long week, peruse YouTube for a great free yoga class and invite the girls over for a de-stressing session. If you really want to go all out, you could hire a masseuse to do an in-home massage session for you and the girls to follow your workout!

Calling All the Ladies

We really do love a good night with the besties! Which one of these girls’ night-in ideas are you going to try for your next gathering with the gals? Let us know in the comments which idea sounds the most fun to you. Do you have any great ideas that have worked in the past? We would love to hear your girls’ night success stories! Drop them in the comments.

All this girls’ night stuff sounds great, but you kinda have to have friends first. If you’re struggling to make and keep adult friendships, take a few tips from “How to Make Friends as an Adult (and Why You Should!)

What about when your bestie can’t come over on Friday night? Here are a few tips on “How to Stay Connected to Your Long-Distance Best Friend.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you plan a ladies’ night at home?

It’s hard to go wrong here as long as you’re having fun with the besties. But to plan a fun girls’ night-in, choose a theme and then plan your food, attire, drinks, and activities around your theme!

How can I spice up my girls’ night?

To add a fun surprise element to your girls’ night in, get Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition and choose from more than 50 scratch-off adventures and in-home activities!

What should we plan for girls’ night?

For a fun girls’ night in, plan a stargazing picnic or a virtual game night. You can also just keep it low-key with an international dinner and an ice cream bar!

What are some fun girls’ night-in ideas?

For a really fun girls’ night in, forget movie night and throw a TikTok dance party, take an online mixology class, or organize a planning night for your next girls’ getaway!

What do girls do on a girls’ night at home?

That depends on the girls. Some opt for pampering spa nights. Others dive into a virtual murder mystery, and still others enjoy a backyard barbecue with a firepit and smores!

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30 Ideas for an Unforgettable Guys’ Night Out

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Looking for a few legendary guys’ night out ideas? To say the information out there is limited is a massive understatement! While there are millions of articles for girls’ night out, the fellas are lacking in number and creativity. Let’s see if we can do better. Here are our votes for the best guys’ night out options.

50+ Ideas in One Adventure Book

When is the next guys’ night out? If you’re thinking about cooking up some fun, bring us with you! Did you know that Adventures From Scratch has created a friend version of our popular adventure book? Our edition for friends is loaded with more than 50 on-the-go challenges and in-home ideas, so whether you want a weekend away with the guys or a Friday night at home, we got ya covered. Have fun getting to know the bros!

The Best Guys’ Night Out Ideas

Seriously, the options for guys’ night out articles are slim, and the ones out there aren’t very creative. This is partly due to the nature of most guys. In general, less thought and planning goes into the typical guys’ event when compared to their female counterparts. We’re all busy people here—work, family, marriages, and community responsibilities—they all add up! We know you don’t have much time to go out with the guys and certainly don’t have tons of time for planning. With these facts in mind, we’ve collected a list of ideas that is varied and unique, but no event on the list should take an inordinate amount of planning. Here we go!

1. Let’s Roam Bar Crawl

For a fun GNO that requires no planning, download our Let’s Roam scavenger hunt app and check out the options in your city. Our bar crawls are easy and fun. Buy a ticket for each guy in your group and follow along. We’ll take you to several of the best bars in your area and test your crew to a few hilarious challenges along the way.

2. Night Museum Tour

If your crew loves a little art from time to time, check out an interesting museum at night. Night tours are great because there are no groups of schoolchildren. There are fewer people, and there are often special events featuring artists or guest speakers. A museum followed by a few drinks in a chill whiskey bar makes for the perfect Friday night cap to a busy week.

3. Axe-Throwing Expedition

Axe-throwing venues have popped up all over the country in recent years, and they’re awesome. Throwing a sharp object at a target is the perfect way to blow off some steam after a stressful work week. It takes no planning. It’s pretty budget-friendly, and you get to throw axes. What more do you want?

If you want to go even more budget-friendly and reproducible, go to your local home improvement store and buy a few cheap hatchets of your own. This only works if you have a safe outdoor space in which to throw hatchets. Otherwise, your neighbors probably won’t approve of your guys’ night endeavor.

4. At-Home Bonfire

Some nights, you just want to stay home. Invite the guys. Build a fire in the backyard or just use a firepit. Have somebody bring hot dogs; someone else gets the stuff for s’mores. Crack open some beers. Put on a great playlist. Done and done.

Make sure you comply with the fire regulations in your neighborhood. In some places, you must notify the fire department ahead of time. In others, you’ll have to stick to the firepit, as burning would be illegal. Don’t let your fun guys’ night turn into a night in jail or a big fine.

5. Urban Art Walk

If you live in a city with a walkable night scene and great street art, take some time to truly appreciate it. Our art walks take you to the best spots in the city and give interesting background information on the works. It’s a unique way to re-see the city you walk through daily. Check out all our art walk options!

6. Local Ale Trail

If your area is famous for craft beer, chances are you have an organized ale trail in the region. Pick up your passport, choose your stops and your designated driver, and hit the trail. You’ll stop at breweries and bars along the route, try out the designated ale trail flight, get your stamp, and then move on to the next stop. Not only is it a good time, but you might find a new favorite brew or hangout spot that you can incorporate into your next guys’ night out. Some ale trails even have a shuttle service between breweries, so check the details before you leave.

7. Virtual Whiskey Tasting

If you have a fine whiskey bar in your area, set up a tasting event. They’ll handle all the details. If not, the online cuisine company Cozymeals offers a virtual whiskey-tasting event. Just hop on the website and sign up. In your confirmation email, they’ll send you a recipe list, so you can grab any items you need beforehand. Invite the dudes over and enjoy!

8. Cabaret Show

Cabaret is one of those things that you forget exists but is kinda perfect. The shows are typically budget-friendly, sexy, and sometimes super funny. If you and the guys are looking for something different this weekend, skip the video games and sip drinks in a cabaret lounge instead.

9. Connecting at a Comedy Club

Don’t know about you, but on Friday night, we often just need a good laugh. While comedy nights are not a sure thing, given that it all depends on who takes the stage that night, there’s a good chance that you will at least chuckle a few times. We find they get funnier the more whiskey you have, so let loose. Have a few and get some good laughs in with the guys.

10. Live Music Night

How long has it been since you saw a good concert? You could score tickets to a big show, but if massive event spaces stress you out, gather the guys at a local restaurant or bar with a good band. Grab a burger and spend the evening in a comfy booth with good tunes.

11. Ping-Pong Tournament

Anybody got a ping-pong table? If not, you can actually rent them at a party/event store. Set it up in the basement or backyard and let the trash talk begin. It’s a fun idea for a boys’ night out, and it’s easy to pull off. Just beware: This game is really addictive, and you might end up buying a ping-pong table.

12. Arcade Night

Does your crew love video games? Well, branch out with your gameplay this week. Get off the headphones and actually go out for games. Head to the nearest arcade. Challenge the guys to an old-school Pac-Man game, air hockey, or shooting hoops. The only downside is you might be surrounded by teens or kiddos, but you’re bigger than them.

13. Games on the Lawn

If the arcade sounds too stressful, trade in electronic games for yard games. Horseshoes, ladder ball, bocce ball, cornhole… all great options. Most of these are available, albeit in cheap versions, at your local big box store. If you find one that you and the guys really love, you can invest in a more sturdy set later. Order some pizza. Have the guys bring beer, and you’re good to go.

14. Traditional Cookout

If you have a little more time for planning, set up a traditional cookout. Either provide the food yourself or have everyone bring their own meat. Fire up the barbecue grill. Fill up the ice chests. Put out some lawn chairs and spend an evening outside. You can also include the lawn games from the last idea or fire up the hot tub!

15. Tacos and Tequila

Winter weather got ya down? Trade in steaks on the grill for tacos and tequila inside the warmth of the house. Everyone loves tacos. They’re easy to make and affordable when it comes to feeding lots of people. You make the meat (or make a stop at your favorite restaurant) and have everyone else bring toppings. You can also choose to just buy it all and have the guys bring some cash to pitch in. Beware of the strong side effects of tequila! You might end up with half-naked dudes doing karaoke in sombreros. There are no guarantees here.

16. Nostalgic Night

Head for the nearest fun park and let out your inner children. Challenge the guys to laser tag. Slam into each other with go-karts. Bust out that old homerun swing in the batting cages. Gorge yourself on corndogs and soda. You probably have fond memories of a place like this from your childhood. It’s time to revisit! This would also be a great last night out for a simple bachelor who doesn’t really do the whole party scene.

17. Lending a Hand

For some guys, taking time out of the weekend to just hang out feels like a waste of precious time. We get it; houses don’t repair themselves, and grass certainly doesn’t mow itself. If you need to get some work done but also haven’t seen your best friends in months, invite them over to lend a helping hand. Roofs get repaired faster with an extra set of hands.

Whether you have something to build, something big to move, or a repair to make, more muscle makes the job faster. It may not sound fun, but it’s kind of a win-win situation. You get time with your friend, and you still get stuff done. Just make sure you volunteer to go to their place next week!

18. Podcast Production

If you and the guys are feeling creative, spend some time creating a podcast about a subject you love. You really don’t need much, just a good camera and microphone. You could even do it on your phone. If you love the outcome, schedule to do it regularly and find a platform for your creation! Alternative creations could be a how-to YouTube video, music video, or any creative endeavor you’re all passionate about.

19. Dive Bar Quest

Forego the normal sports bar this week and go looking for the grungiest dive bars in your city. You know the ones where the burgers are dripping with grease and as big as your head? The decorations are probably covered in dust, and there are tons of truckers at the bar. It might not be your normal vibe, but that’s the fun of it!

If the dive bar is your typical vibe, change it up. Put on a jacket and head for a nice rooftop cocktail bar instead. The point is to get a change of venue and experience the other side of a guys’ night out.

20. Late Night B-Ball

If you and your crew are the athletic bunch, a fun idea for a free night is to head to the local city park and challenge the guys to a few pickup games. You get good exercise. You get to trash-talk your friends, and it’s good stress relief. Plus, it’s totally free. You’ll definitely work up an appetite, so plan on burgers afterward. Just choose a restaurant with an outdoor space please and spare the rest of us your post-game stench.

21. Mixology Night

Grab a good mixology book and invite the guys over to test your skills. Put on some jazz. Have each guy create a cocktail from the book or invent their own, and have a little contest. Loser buys the booze for next week. Alternatively, you could do an online cocktail-making class with a professional mixologist. Rockoly provides professional happy hour classes, and they will even send you a drink kit in advance; all the ingredients arrive at your door like magic!

22. Culture Night

Whether you cook yourself or hit up a great international restaurant, set a theme for your GNO. Explore the food, music, and customs of a different culture. Learn the history with a YouTube video or set up your own trivia game and test your knowledge about your own heritage.

23. Food Tour Friday

Rediscover your own city with an organized food tour. You’ll get a knowledgeable guide, try tons of great foods, and maybe even find a new favorite restaurant. Food tours are generally pretty budget-friendly, available in most larger cities, and a really good way to try new things without having to spend money on an entire meal you might not like.

24. Vintage Video Game Extravaganza

Donkey Kong, Mario, and Duck Hunt… if you’re looking for nostalgia, you got it! These games (or whatever games were the jam when you were in your childhood) bring back fond memories and an intense spirit of competition. Set up the gaming system. Make a playlist of songs from the era and invite the guys. Hopefully, you’ll still be friends by the end of the night.

25. Brazilian BBQ

There’s no place on earth that produces the meat sweats like a Brazilian BBQ restaurant. Giant, heaping trays of roasted meat that just keep coming… it’s heavenly! Hopefully, your city has a great Brazilian steakhouse, but if it doesn’t, you could always throw a DIY meat-fest!

26. City Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are a fun way to spend an evening in your own city. You’ll compete with other crews for the top spot in your city on a journey through town filled with trivia tests and hilarious photo challenges. With the right group of guys, these hunts are a riot, and you will definitely see a new side of your city.

We even have custom hunts for birthdays. We’ll work with you to create a hunt that honors the birthday boy with personalized photo challenges and trivia!

27. Poker and Cigars

Go old-school with a night of Texas Hold’em, Cuban cigars, and a good Scotch. Load up on finger foods like sandwiches, chips, and snack cakes and let the bids begin!

28. Shooting Range Romp

Another great stress reliever for you and the guys is a night at the shooting range. Load up your pistols or rent one from the facility. Make it a challenge or just work on your form; either way, this guys’ night out provides a little adrenaline and might give you the chance to learn a new skill.

29. Fight Night

If you have a boxing arena or UFC league near you, spend the evening watching a live fight. If you don’t have that option, you could host a pay-per-view event or join the guys at the local sports bar to watch the fight. Place some bets. Loser buys rounds.

30. Disc Golf Picnic

Head to your local disk golf course. They’re often located in city parks. Challenge the guys to a game or two, then when darkness hits, head for the provided bbq grills and bust out the coolers. Grill up some meat. Throw out the lawn chairs, have a few beers, and get in some good conversation while stargazing.

Getting the Guys Together

The hardest part about planning a guy’s night is not thinking of what to do. It’s just finding the determination to make it happen. We’ve provided you with 30 great guys’ night out ideas. Choose one of ours or come up with your own plan, but do it this weekend. Connecting with friends and having a strong social circle is a key aspect of stable mental and physical health. So, quit slacking on the guys’ night!

Let us know which night out you chose in the comments! Was it fun?

Planning on having a game night? Check out “40 Fun Board Games to Play With Friends.”

If you struggle to make friends and you can’t say you really have a strong circle, take a look at “How to Make Friends as an Adult (And Why You Should).”

Frequently Asked Questions

What do guys do on a night out?

Popular guys’ night out activities include poker nights, comedy clubs, and ale trails. But honestly, as long as you’re all having fun together, you can’t go wrong.

What do guys do together for fun?

Guys’ night out should be catered to the interest of your crew. Try your hand at disc golf, mix it up with a mixology night, or take an app-guided scavenger hunt of your city!

What are some unique ideas for a guys’ night out?

If you’re looking for something a little different for guys’ night, how about gathering the guys at the shooting range, joining a fight night, or seeing a cabaret show?

How do you plan a guys’ night out?

Planning a guys’ night doesn’t have to be hard. Consider activities with little to no planning, like an organized bar crawl, food tour, or a night tour of a museum or art gallery.

What’s a cheap guys’ night out?

For a budget-friendly guys’ night out, bust out the lawn games! You can host a taco and tequila night and have fun making the food yourselves, or go on an urban art tour.