Back in the day, your idea of a great time with friends probably looked different than it does now. When you were a kid, the most exciting thing to do was host a sleepover. As a teenager, you loved heading out to a cheap diner to laugh over good food with friends.
Adults often feel pressured to go to a bar to have a great time, but that might begin to feel monotonous. After a while, every bar starts to feel the same and you might not be interested in drinking as much anymore.
Don’t feel like you have to go to a bar for every Girls’ Night Out. Check out these ten ideas that are better than going to your local bar. You’ll have fun, try something new and make memories, which is what nights out are all about.
1. Try Blacklight Bowling
Bowling is a classic way to have fun with friends. It’s competitive but relaxing since you can hang out on the sidelines with a basket of chicken tenders and a soda. Go to the nearest bowling alley later in the evening to see the whole place lit up by blacklights. It’s a fun twist on a classic activity that’s bound to be fun.
2. Visit Local Tourist Spots
Locals like to pride themselves on not being tourists, but why not pretend for a night? Make a list of nearby attractions and become a tourist for the day with your closest friends to experience something new where you live.
3. See a Comedian
Comedians travel from city to city on their tours, so buy tickets to see a show if there’s one coming to you soon. It’s a reason to get dressed up and go out, without a bar involved.
4. Roller Skate the Night Away
Roller skating rinks are an underrated place to have fun at any age. Dress up in your favorite 80s outfits and skate the night away with your friends under a disco ball and some of the greatest musical hits.
5. Watch a Drive-In Movie
Drive-in and outdoor movies used to be a popular thing to do, so enjoy it for yourself by watching one with your friends. Don’t forget to bring what you need, like a blanket, bug spray and all your favorite snacks.
6. Stop by an Amusement Park
If your town has an amusement park, you don’t need to wait for a vacation to go. Head out on a Friday night with your friends to skip the major lines, avoid the daytime heat and have a great time under the sparkling park lights.
7. Browse Through Thrift Stores
Sometimes people don’t want to go to a bar because it’s expensive. Thrifting is an easy way to go shopping together without breaking the bank, all while you discover antique treasures that receive new life in your home.
8. Relax at a Spa
People think of the spa as a place to escape to every once and a while, but it makes a fantastic place for a girl’s night out. Ask your friends what they want from a spa treatment and find a group package that everyone will enjoy.
9. Make Crafts Together
If you and your friends enjoy crafting on your own time, head to a craft store together and get supplies for a group craft. Making things together is a great bonding experience, so browse through craft ideas and indulge your shared crafting passion.
10. Expand Your Comfort Zone
Maybe your girls’ night out activities are always the same. Why not expand your comfort zones? Sign up for local classes, which usually don’t cost much. Cook a new meal together or experience hot yoga to learn something new and have a great time.
Ask Friends for Help
Talk with your friends if you’re not sure which activity to pick for your next girls’ night out. See what they’re interested in and if they have any suggestions. You’ll eventually find new ideas that are much more fun than going out to any of your local bars.