74 Unique and Fun Things to Do with Your Best Friend
When you hang out with your best friend all the time, you may find yourself falling into the same ruts and doing the same things all the time. You might struggle to find something different or interesting to do or ways to grow even closer.
This article is here to help, though! It contains 74 unique and fun things to do with your best friend, broken into categories so you can find something that fits your personality, needs, and lifestyle.
Crazy Things to Do with Your Best Friend
1. Try a Brand New Hobby
There are plenty of hobbies that you and your best friend haven’t tried before. Make a list of ones you’re curious about or have wanted to do, but never had time for. Then, start the hobby together. There are a variety of different hobbies you can start right away, or do over time, such as:
• New Makeup Trends
• Video Games
• Gardening or Houseplants
• Knitting or Crocheting
• Ice Cream
2. Learn a New Language
Learning a new language can also be fun. It doesn’t even have to be a widely used language. Want to learn a language from your favorite book, game, or TV show? Go right ahead! Sign language and handwriting languages can also count if you are feeling adventurous.
There are plenty of resources online, from apps, to free and paid online classes
3. Bungee Jump
If you want to live a little on the wild side, why not give bungee jumping a try? It is sure to give you a rush of endorphins. There are places all over the world where you can bungee jump and see amazing sights at the same time, but there are plenty here in the US as well, if you want to stay a little closer to home.
4. Yard Sale
Maybe you’ve been thinking about reducing your clutter and getting rid of some stuff. If you and your best friend have a lot of stuff to get rid of, consider having a yard sale. This allows you to bond, make money, get rid of clutter, and maybe save up for your next adventure.
5. Build a Business
Tired of your nine-to-five life and want to get crazy? Who is more in tune to build a business than best friends?
You can do an online business selling products, or you can see what your local community is lacking. Spend a few days figuring out a product or service that you want to sell, and get to work!
6. Acro Yoga
Regular yoga is fun, but acro yoga combines acrobatics and yoga for a new and exhilarating experience. It provides you with a mix of strength, flexibility, awareness of your own body, and balance.
7. Blind Dates
Been having problems in the realm of dating recently? Set each other up on blind dates. It can be with someone you know, or you can take over their dating app and pick someone for them. If your best friend doesn’t have a dating app, even better, set them up a profile and get to work playing cupid.
You can even set up a double-blind date if you wanted, so you can still hang out and have each other for safety and fun.
Another exhilarating thing to do is go skydiving. If you’ve ever even thought about trying skydiving, doing it with your best friend is the perfect excuse!
9. Fitness Challenge
Have you both been having problems with your weight, or just want to get a little more active? Look at some fitness challenges you can try. They have ones that are intense and short, or more casual to get you started. Find one you both like and start the steps to getting shredded.
10. Take Scuba Diving Classes Together
If you like spending time at the beach and seeing marine life, think about getting a scuba diving certification. You can then go and explore the ocean together, finding new animals and enjoying the ocean.
11. Haunted House
Haunted houses are scary and exhilarating. There are many different versions, with different intensity levels, so start small and work your way up, or just jump right into one that will scare you both!
12. Take an Online Class Together
You’re never too old to learn something new. Is there something you’ve both wanted to learn but haven’t been able to make time for? Do it together. There are plenty of free and cheap online classes for a variety of topics, so you can be sure to find something you are interested in.
Pick the same class and help each other, or pick different topics and teach each other what you learn.
13. Tarot Reading
Want something a little silly and crazy? Go and get a Tarot reading. You can take it seriously and ask questions that you want to know, or have fun with it and see what crazy questions you can ask and have answered.
14. Start a Stream/YouTube/Podcast
Have something you want to share with the world or that you think people will find interesting? Think about starting a stream, YouTube channel, or even a Podcast.
15. Tasting Competition
Do you guys constantly disagree between your favorite types of snacks, or can’t decide which ice cream brand is the best tasting? Put it to the challenge! Buy a bunch of similar things, like salt and vinegar potato chips, or strawberry ice creams, and create a bracket. Try them all and argue which ones are the best until you come to a clear winner.
This one works fine with two people, but you can easily get your family or other friends involved as well.
16. Matching Tattoos
Want a lasting mark on your friendship? Think about getting a tattoo. It can be something subtle like characters from the same show or book, or you can have partial quotes. Find a design you both like, and go and show your love for your best friend.
17. Bucket Lists
Having a bucket list can be fun. If there are a lot of things you both want to do, make bucket lists. Then, every year, alternate crossing something off of the bucket lists. If they are small, or you both are in sync, you may be able to cross off a couple at once too.
18. Face Your Fears
Is there something you want to try, but have always been too scared to take the step to do it? Or maybe you are just afraid of something simple, like the dark or bugs. Whatever it is, it will be easier to do with your best friend by your side.
Fun Things to Do with Your Best Friend
19. Go See a New Band Together
Sure, you can go see a band you know, but why not go and find a completely new band that you might like? It can be a big band you’ve never heard of or just a group of locals. You can also go to a big outdoor concert and walk around listening to a variety of bands until you find one that you both enjoy.
20. Go See Your Favorite Band Together
If you want to stick to the classics, go and see your favorite bands instead. If you and your best friend have similar tastes in music, you can pick a concert to go to and enjoy yourself. Otherwise, you can both pick a concert and learn a bit more about your friend’s favorite band!
21. Try a New Restaurant
Unless you live in a really small town, there are probably plenty of restaurants you’ve overlooked. Try a new place, maybe with food you haven’t heard of before, or just a restaurant you’ve passed by because you already have a favorite for that meal.
22. International Dinner Party
Instead of trying different foods cooked in a restaurant, why don’t you try to make your food? Pick a country, and look up the foods common there. Try to make a couple of different dishes and see which ones are your favorite.
23. Binge on a New TV Show
There are hundreds of thousands of TV shows out there, but somehow, you always get stuck watching the same reruns. Branch out with something new, whether it is in your normal genre or not.
24. Wine Tasting
Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of wine, a local wine tasting can be a fun experience to try. Perhaps you will find a wine that resonates with you.
25. Local Museums
Museums are also fun, and there are so many different kinds. Find an art, science, or history museum that sounds interesting and spend the day there.
26. U-Pick Farms
Want something to do that will give you a delicious reward at the end of the day, look at u-pick farms. You can spend the day picking fruits or vegetables, then you can go home and make something with them, or freeze the food to make smoothies later.
There are all kinds of u-pick farms with fruits, flowers, and veggies like:
• Paw Paws
• Snap Peas
27. Go to Karaoke
Karaoke is a great way to let off steam and enjoy yourself. Too embarrassed to sing in public? Don’t worry, thanks to the increasing popularity of Asian cultures, Karaoke in the more Asian style is growing popular, where you can have private rooms.
28. Dance Class
Take a dance class together. Practice for a future wedding, learn an old style of dance, or keep up to date with pop and hip-hop.
Artistic Things to Do with Your Best Friend
29. Write Letters to Your Future Selves
Spend the day writing letters to your future self and your best friend in the future. Share things that are happening now so you can remember fond memories when you open them. You can either set a date when you will open the letters, or set them up for a specific time, like when certain events occur like a wedding or fight, or when you start to part ways.
30. Burning Man
Are you and your friend big into being creative and having a lot of self-expression? Maybe think about joining a Burning Man event. It is held annually and allows people to build a self-sufficient temporary community.
31. Make a Blanket
Make blankets for each other. You can sew, crochet, knit, or make a t-shirt-tied blanket, whatever works best for you. Make it creative, and unique, and tailor it to your friend so they will always think of you when they see it.
32. Make Cocktails
Do you always order the same drink when you go out and make the same drinks at home? Step outside the box and try a few different ones. Look around online until you find a drink that looks good, go by the ingredients and try them out.
33. Paint Together
There are a lot of ways to paint, even if you aren’t that creative. There are wine and paint shops that allow you to enjoy yourself with a drink while they teach you how to paint a specific canvas, or you can watch videos online.
Some of the painting classes even allow you to pick up the materials and take them home, so you and your friend can enjoy yourselves in private while still getting help from a professional.
34. Friendship Bracelets
Remember when you were a kid and made friendship bracelets? Relive the moment by making them now! They can be just as cheesy as they were back then, or you can create a bracelet that fits your age now.
35. Care Packages
Everyone needs a little self-care occasionally. Make each other care packages. They can be for relaxing, getting over a cold, or for cold days when they don’t want to get out of bed. There are many different ideas online to get your creative juices flowing.
36. Try Some DIY Art
There is a lot of DIY art and furniture to make out there. From art made from wicker baskets to signs from your laundry room, you can find something that fits your house’s aesthetic easily and is fun to make. Work alongside each other to make artwork for your own home, or design something for each other.
37. Take a Cooking Lesson
Want to learn something new that will be useful? Take a cooking class. There are cooking classes for all sorts of meals. Take a class for food you haven’t tried before, or your favorite food you’ve been too intimidated to make.
With so many digital pictures, scrapbooks aren’t used very much anymore. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop using them. Go to your local print store and print off some of your favorite pictures of you and your friend and the adventures you went on.
Then get creative with tape, stickers, and patterned paper to create the ultimate scrapbook. Again, this is something you can do together, or make independently and then share the images and memories you treasured enough to put on the pages.
Helpful Things to Do with Your Friend
39. Spend the Day at a Local Shelter
No matter where you live, there are homeless shelters that are probably close by, even if you weren’t aware of them before. If you want to help out your local community, volunteering at a shelter can be helpful. Spend the day volunteering and helping out where you can, or call the shelter to see the best way you can help.
40. Donate Clothing
If you don’t have the time to volunteer, consider donating clothes you never use anymore but are still in pretty good condition. It helps you and your friend make room for new clothes, while also helping the environment.
41. Animal Shelter
Want to help animals instead? Look at local animal shelters instead. They can often use volunteers to help walk the dogs and clean cages. You can also donate things like food, newspapers, toys, and more.
42. Soup Kitchens
Soup kitchens are always in need of help with making and dishing out food. Spend a couple of hours providing lunch or dinner to your local community.
There are plenty of children that need help too. If you are pretty knowledgeable about a subject, consider tutoring, especially in poorer communities for a discounted rate or even free. This helps people that need the help to get it when they otherwise wouldn’t.
44. Summer Reading Programs
If your community has summer reading programs, see if you can help out. Libraries are a great place to look at helping, but so are bookstores. They help children learn to read, by telling them stories or working with those that aren’t picking up the skill as well.
45. Donate Books
Look at donating books as well. You can do this in shelters, or places for kids, but there are also free local libraries where you can go and donate a lot of books, and maybe pick up a couple as well.
46. Volunteer at a Church
If you are religious, and even if you aren’t, churches can be a great place to volunteer. Churches provide help to local communities in need and take care of children. You can help watch the children or with one of their many community programs. Sometimes, they have stores as well that run from volunteers.
47. Visit Elderly
Unfortunately, many elderly are often left alone when they are sent to care homes. They don’t get regular visits from friends and family, and they often get depressed and lonely. Spend your days visiting the elderly and just hanging out. They will enjoy having company.
48. Blood Drive
Another easy way to help your community is to donate blood. There are always blood drives around. Find one near you and your friend and go and donate. You can even make it a regular thing.
Cheap Things to Do with Your Friend
Hiking is a great way to get some fresh air and spend time with your friend. Go to a familiar location, or try something new. Some hiking trails you have to pay for, but most are free or pretty low cost.
If it is warm enough in your area, go on a camping trip. Bring a tent and go to an open outdoor space, or just sit in your backyard and pretend you are on an adventure.
Picnics can be fun and can be relatively cheap. Make or bring some of your favorite foods and drinks, spread a blanket down on the ground, and enjoy being outside.
52. Read a Book Together
Joining a book club, or reading books together can be fun, and pretty cheap depending on the books. You can both purchase a copy of the same book, and experience the story together. This allows you to share theories and see who is closest, or just swoon over the same love interest. But you can also swap your favorite books to share in your enjoyment.
53. Outdoor Photo Shoot
All you need is a phone or a camera. They won’t be professional photos, but you can have fun, try new poses and lighting, and maybe even try your hand at photo editing.
54. Watch the Sun Rise
If you usually sleep in late, try to wake up early together to enjoy the sunrise. In the same vein, if you usually miss the sunset, stay up late to watch it together. Even if you manage to watch them normally, take the time to truly appreciate the colors.
Doing a puzzle can be relaxing, and work the brain. Make a specialized puzzle for you too, or just pick one up from the store. It can be as easy or as hard as you want.
You’re never too old for a sleepover. Get into your comfiest pajamas, share the gossip, and fill up on snacks while watching romantic movies.
Want to learn more about your friend and yourself? Take a personality test. Enneagrams are a new one that is quickly gaining popularity. It tells you your basic personality type, but also promotes you to delve deep into yourself.
While you’re at it, take the time to learn your love language and take other personality tests as well. They can be fun, but can also help you understand one another better.
Origami is something fun but difficult to do at once. It takes a lot of practice, but all you need is a square piece of paper and some instructional videos or books. Start with simple designs and slowly get more complicated. To make it more interesting, have a competition to see who can do the most difficult pattern.
1,000 paper cranes are also something to try. Japanese legends say that if you fold 1,000 paper canes, you will be given a wish by the gods, but it can also be done to show support and love for someone suffering.
Relaxing Things to Do with Your Friend
59. Spend a Day at the Spa
Getting spa treatment can make anyone’s mood better. If you or your friend has been having a tough time, look at getting a massage or spending a full day at the spa to help them feel a little better.
60. Wellness Retreats
You may think wellness retreats are expensive, but some can be pretty affordable. They usually last somewhere around a week, and you can travel almost anywhere in the world. Most of them focus on practicing mindfulness, relaxing, and practicing yoga while in a beautiful or peaceful place.
Even if you don’t have the time to travel, practicing yoga can be a way to relax the mind and body after a rough week. Practice a few moves a day together to grow closer and find inner peace.
62. Facial and Nails
Even when you are young, the benefits of a good makeover are obvious. Take the time to put makeup on each other and paint your nails. It can be a normal style or something bold and silly to make you both laugh.
63. Play Games
If you aren’t competitive, games can be relaxing and fun. Find a new game to learn together, or play something from your childhood.
64. Movie Marathon
Movie marathons are the best way to relax. Stay at home with face masks and snacks watching all the classics, or spend all day at a movie theater watching all the new releases.
Places to Travel with Your Best Friend
65. A Local Town You Haven’t Explored
If you want to travel and explore, but don’t have much more than a weekend to do it, look at local towns. This can be a big city you haven’t ever spent enough time in to get the feel of or a local small town that you always drive through but never stop at. Who knows what you might find?
66. Take a Backpacking Adventure
If you want to travel and explore a lot of new places, consider a backpacking adventure. Decide how far you want to go, and make plans to stop along the way and explore new cities and states.
67. Las Vegas
Vegas has to be on everyone’s bucket list. Even if you aren’t into gambling, there are a lot of unique shows to watch, and fun restaurants to try.
68. New York
If you enjoy shopping, you have to go to New York. Book a trip and shop until you drop!
Do you like animals and want to see big animals that aren’t trapped in a zoo? Consider booking a Safari in another country. They will take you on tours so you are close enough to the animals and their natural environment you can almost touch them.
70. Road Trip
Take a road trip! Make it spontaneous by going wherever your heart desires, or plan it out carefully to hit everywhere you’ve always wanted to go.
If you live in a land-locked state, you might not have ever even been to a beach. Or you may just live far enough away that you don’t get to visit often. Find the beach closest to you and plan a weekend among the salt and surf.
72. Broadway Show
Do you love musicals? Find one on Broadway you might both enjoy and book some tickets. Enjoy yourselves and your new favorite obsession.
73. Cheap Flight Adventure
Want to travel, but don’t know where to start? Go online and find the cheapest flights you can and go! You can use apps like Skyscanner and set up a bunch of alerts and when the price drops, be ready to go.
74. Map Dart
Another option for traveling is to set up a map and throw darts on it, wherever it lands, plan a trip there!