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5 Activities to Share with Friends (You Might Have Forgotten About)

Written by Shelly Green
Entrepreneur writer and a blogger
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It happens to everyone at some point: you’re planning to get together with friends, and no one knows where they should go or what they should do. Maybe heading out to your normal go-to restaurant or bar just doesn’t sound intriguing. Or maybe you want to break away from doing the same old thing. No matter the reason, coming up with a fun activity on the fly can feel like a challenge. Luckily, there are some great activities available in most cities that are great for sharing with friends.You might have just forgotten about them.

If you are looking for a fun way to spend some time with those nearest and dearest to you, consider giving these five activities a try. You may be surprised at how much fun you have.

1. Bowling

When most people think of bowling, they either imagine children’s parties or league play, but there are many more options than that. Bowling alleys often offer theme nights based on specific music styles or black light bowling for a fun twist. Some even have nights scheduled that are adults only, eliminating the need to worry about the presence of young children.

Another perk of going bowling, many offer food and drinks onsite. And adult beverages are commonly included in those offerings. So, grab your friends and get a lane or two for some casual fun or friendly competition.

2. Mini-Golf

Another activity many adults forget about is mini-golf. Taking turns with color-coded golf balls as you work your way through the twists and turns (and sometimes loops!) can be a great social experience. You can choose whether to make the game competitive or just for fun by whether you decide to keep score. Also, like bowling, normally some level of food and drink is available to help keep you satiated while you play.

3. Go-Kart Racing

Here’s an activity that definitely shouldn’t be left to kids. Go-kart racing can be fun and invigorating, especially depending on the top speed available at your local complex. Some places have go-karts that reach speeds of well over 30 mph, so it is a sure fire way to get the blood pumping while having some fun.

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Depending on the size of your group, you may need to set a reservation. Luckily, a reservation often means you can set it up to be the only drivers on the track. So let the trash talking begin!

4. Bingo

Bingo often gets depicted in a less -than-stellar light. But, it can actually be a great time.Think about it; you sit around a table with your friends, competing for cash and prizes, and hoping to be able to yell at the top of your lungs. It can provide a surprising amount of excitement while still allowing you to be social.

Plus, there are prizes (and who doesn’t love prizes!). So take a look and see if Bingo is offered in your area. You might have more fun than you expect.

5. Indoor Skydiving

Indoor skydiving facilities have sprung up across the country. The best part about this kind of skydiving is you get all of the sensation without having to actually jump out of a plane (which may be ideal for those with a fear of heights). Reservations for these activities are normally required, but that often means you can restrict your appointment to only those in your party.

Think Outside the Box

As you can see, there are numerous activities that might be available in your city. Simply take the time to think outside of the box and see what your area has to offer. You may stumble across a new Friday night favorite that you and your friends will enjoy for years to come.

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