32 Fun Things to Do by Yourself That Don't Require a Plus One

If you're feeling at a loss for things to do, but don't have a plus-one to plan them with, never fear: some of the best activities are perfect for a solo afternoon.

There are so many fun things to do by yourself that you might be missing out on for fear that you need a companion in order to enjoy them. But you totally don't. It's time to step out of your comfort zone.

Whether you're single or in a relationship, you absolutely don't need a significant other, or a group of friends, to try new things. Some of the fun things to do alone outside might intimidate you, but they're well worth trying.

Everyone needs some "me" time every now and then, whether that means relaxing poolside with a captivating book, exploring nature solo, cooking, or trying a new activity. Be inspired to venture out (or stay in) sans significant other or troop of friends with these 32 things to do by yourself.

a woman enjoying a solo picnic
@thevicstyles

1. Pack up a picnic and enjoy an afternoon at the park. Bring your favorite snacks, a good book, and a comfy blanket.

2. Go to a museum. Wander the halls and attempt to understand modern art with no one else around to impress.

3. Pick out a new pasta recipe. Buy all the ingredients and do your best to replicate the dish at home.

woman shopping alone

4. Take a walk around your neighborhood. You can put on a fun playlist or simply listen to the sounds around you.

5. Go shopping. And we mean actually shopping, not online shopping. Browse your favorite shops and take home something that tempts you to wear it right out of the store.

6. Put your green thumb to the test. Invest in houseplants to brighten up your home, or try your hand at gardening. 

a woman lounging by a pool
@littleblackboots

7. Put on a swimsuit and head to the pool, the beach, or the lake. Flip through a magazine and soak up the sun (but don't forget the sunscreen).

8. Enroll in a class. Whether you're interested in photography, ceramics, painting, writing, cooking, graphic design, or anything in between, there's likely a local class you can take to hone your craft and meet like-minded people.

9. Head to the farmers market. It's a great way to change up your grocery shopping routine.

a woman reading a magazine
@ada_oguntodu

10. Stay home and indulge in a few guilty pleasures. Walk around in your underwear, eat your favorite foods, read a book, catch up on your current TV obsession, write in your journal—do all the things you forget to do when you're too busy spending time with other people.

11. Rent a bike. It will allow you to see your neighborhood from a new perspective while getting in a fun workout at the same time.

12. Organize your closet. Donate anything you haven't worn in the last six months and find a place for any forgotten jewelry, shoes, and miscellaneous objects.

a woman doing an outdoor workout
@bandier

13. Try out a new sport. You can join an adult league for just about anything from beach volleyball and tennis, to kickball and soccer.

14. Take yourself out to lunch. Do your best to forget about your phone and simply enjoy eating a good meal alone.

15. Head to the theater and see a movie you've been dying to watch. Find a matinee and take pleasure in not having to share the popcorn with anyone else.

woman walking on phone

16. Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Whether it be in the short or long term future—brainstorm how you can make some of them happen.

17. Have a staycation. Book a stay at a luxe hotel in your city and enjoy fluffy white robes, room service, and blackout shades.

18. Try out a new workout class. Most yoga, Pilates, and Spin studios offer a free trial to new members, so take advantage. You might just stumble upon your new favorite hobby.

a woman shopping
@adenorah

19. Go thrifting. Head to a flea market, thrift store, or swap meet and see what hidden treasures you come home with.

20. Volunteer for a cause that means something to you. It can be as simple as visiting dogs at an animal shelter or spending time with the elderly.

21. Learn a foreign language. Take a class, buy a book, or even download an app. When you've learned the basics, you can even treat yourself to a trip.

a woman preparing a bath
Westend61

22. Indulge in a spa treatment. Book a massage or a facial and spend the whole day being pampered. (If that's not in the budget, take a bath, give yourself an at-home facial, and call it a day.)

23. Do a hair mask. You're not going to be inclined to sit with wet, conditioner-slicked hair in front of a group of people, so seize the alone time to treat your tresses.

24. Hit the bookstore. You could download an e-book, but there's something special about perusing a bookstore's aisles and holding a paperback in your hands.

woman in bookstore

25. Re-decorate your living room. Or bedroom, or bathroom, or office. Whether you get inspired to do a full-on renovation or just want to rearrange your furniture, a new look will make your space (and you) feel fresh.

26. Head to a coffee shop. Bring your computer or book and work or read outside of your home. A change of scene can help inspire you.

27. Catch up on your favorite magazines. You know that stack that been's piling up on your desk for months? Now's the time to tackle it.

woman doing makeup

28. Experiment with make-up. You're not going to be inclined to try out a new, bold smokey eye before a date or dinner with your friends, so check out some YouTube videos and tutorials and play around with makeup when you have the time for some mess-ups.

29. Meditate. If you never turn your brain off, this one's for you.

30. Write. Write a book, write letters, write a blog—let your creativity flow when you have solitude and no one around to interrupt.

a woman painting furniture
 Caiaimage/Rafal Rodzoch

31. DIY. It sounds intimidating, but if you spend the time researching, we bet you can absolutely pull off that IKEA hack you've been eye-ing on social media for months.

32. Get crafting. Whether your skills lean more towards painting, sewing, or pottery, get in touch with your inner artist.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Picnic In the Park
@thevicstyles

Pack up a picnic and enjoy an afternoon at the park. Bring your favorite snacks, a good book, and a comfy blanket.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Go to a museum. Wander the halls and attempt to understand modern art with no one else around to impress.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Pick out a new pasta recipe. Buy all the ingredients and do your best to replicate the dish at home.

04 of 32

Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Take a walk around your neighborhood. You can put on a fun playlist or simply listen to the sounds around you.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

woman shopping alone

Go shopping. And we mean actually shopping, not online shopping. Browse your favorite shops and take home something that tempts you to wear it right out of the store.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Put your green thumb to the test. Invest in houseplants to brighten up your home, or try your hand at gardening. 

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Lounging by the Pool
@littleblackboots

Put on a swimsuit and head to the pool, the beach, or the lake. Flip through a magazine and soak up the sun (but don't forget the sunscreen).

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Enroll in a class. Whether you're interested in photography, ceramics, painting, writing, cooking, graphic design, or anything in between, there's likely a local class you can take to hone your craft and meet like-minded people.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Head to the farmers market. It's a great way to change up your grocery shopping routine.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Relaxing at Home
@ada_oguntodu

Stay home and indulge in a few guilty pleasures. Walk around in your underwear, eat your favorite foods, read a book, catch up on your current TV obsession, write in your journal—do all the things you forget to do when you're too busy spending time with other people.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Rent a bike. It will allow you to see your neighborhood from a new perspective while getting in a fun workout at the same time.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Organize your closet. Donate anything you haven't worn in the last six months and find a place for any forgotten jewelry, shoes, and miscellaneous objects.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Outdoor Workout
@bandier

Try out a new sport. You can join an adult league for just about anything from beach volleyball and tennis, to kickball and soccer.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Take yourself out to lunch. Do your best to forget about your phone and simply enjoy eating a good meal alone.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Head to the theater and see a movie you've been dying to watch. Find a matinee and take pleasure in not having to share the popcorn with anyone else.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

woman walking on phone

Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Whether it be in the short or long term future—brainstorm how you can make some of them happen.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Have a staycation. Book a stay at a luxe hotel in your city and enjoy fluffy white robes, room service, and blackout shades.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Try out a new workout class. Most yoga, Pilates, and Spin studios offer a free trial to new members, so take advantage. You might just stumble upon your new favorite hobby.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Shopping
@adenorah

Go thrifting. Head to a flea market, thrift store, or swap meet and see what hidden treasures you come home with.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Volunteer for a cause that means something to you. It can be as simple as visiting dogs at an animal shelter or spending time with the elderly.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Learn a foreign language. Take a class, buy a book, or even download an app. When you've learned the basics, you can even treat yourself to a trip.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

woman preparing a bath

Westend61

Indulge in a spa treatment. Book a massage or a facial and spend the whole day being pampered. (If that's not in the budget, take a bath, give yourself an at-home facial, and call it a day.)

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Do a hair mask. You're not going to be inclined to sit with wet, conditioner-slicked hair in front of a group of people, so seize the alone time to treat your tresses

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

woman in bookstore

Hit the bookstore. You could download an e-book, but there's something special about perusing a bookstore's aisles and holding a paperback in your hands.

25 of 32

Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Re-decorate your living room. Or bedroom, or bathroom, or office. Whether you get inspired to do a full-on renovation or just want to rearrange your furniture, a new look will make your space (and you) feel fresh.

26 of 32

Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Head to a coffee shop. Bring your computer or book and work or read outside of your home. A change of scene can help inspire you.

27 of 32

Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Catch up on your favorite magazines. You know that stack that been's piling up on your desk for months? Now's the time to tackle it.

28 of 32

Fun Things to Do By Yourself

woman doing makeup

Experiment with make-up. You're not going to be inclined to try out a new, bold smokey eye before a date or dinner with your friends, so check out some YouTube videos and tutorials and play around with makeup when you have the time for some mess-ups.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Meditate. If you never turn your brain off, this one's for you.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Write. Write a book, write letters, write a blog—let your creativity flow when you have solitude and no one around to interrupt.

31 of 32

Fun Things to Do By Yourself

woman painting furniture

 Caiaimage/Rafal Rodzoch

DIY. It sounds intimidating, but if you spend the time researching, we bet you can absolutely pull off that IKEA hack you've been eye-ing on social media for months.

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Fun Things to Do By Yourself

Get crafting. Whether your skills lean more towards painting, sewing, or pottery, get in touch with your inner artist.

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