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Ideas for Birthday Outings

Updated March 23, 2017

Birthdays come every year, but that's no reason not to plan an exciting birthday celebration with friends and family. If you choose creative and engaging birthday outings, everyone --- especially the guest of honour --- will cherish the memory of that day for years to come.

Active Outings

If you're not really a bar-goer, try an active birthday outing with several friends. Book an all-day whitewater rafting trip or a day out on the lake with paddleboats or kayaks. Take a group skydiving or bungee-jumping excursion. You could also plan a days-long adventure hike; pack candy bars and Champagne and celebrate together on the trail. If you don't want to stray too far from home, a water park or amusement park can provide hours of outdoor enjoyment.

Girls- or Guys-Only Outings

Grab your closest (same-gender) friends and enjoy a celebration together. Girls may enjoy a day of pampering at a spa, shopping at an upscale or out-of-town mall or a long evening at a local winery. Guys could attend a playoff game together, take a road trip to the nearest big city for a night of barhopping or get dressed up and spend all night at a casino. Both genders may enjoy a big concert, going camping or having cocktails at the city's newest hot spot.

Luxurious Outings

Treat yourself and a few friends to a day of unforgettable luxury. Rent a limousine and go to the nearest large city, where you can enjoy a posh dinner at the trendiest new restaurant. Or, make a group appointment at a spa and enjoy beachside massages together. You could also rent a yacht or sailboat for the evening. Enjoy cocktails and dinner on board while watching the sunset. Or book the most luxurious suite you can find in a five-star resort and enjoy first-rate service and amenities on your birthday.

Low-Cost Outings

If you're short on cash, or just want to celebrate like a kid, you have plenty of options. Take your friends out for a night at the skating rink, or split into teams and take each other on at a bowling alley. You could also spend a few hours at an arcade, then have pizza and beer for dinner. Or, split your friends into teams and have each team create a city- or neighbourhood-wide scavenger hunt for the other. The winning team takes the other out for drinks.

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About the Author

Kate Bradley began writing professionally in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a minor in German from Berry College in Rome, Ga; TEFL/TESOL certification from ITC International in Prague; and a Master of Arts in integrated global communication from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.