Better Together: 34 Things to Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

Updated 06/11/19
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Things to do When You're Bored

You know that saying "never a dull moment with you"? Well, as nice as it sounds, it's not exactly realistic. Sometimes our routines get boring even when we do them alongside our nearest and dearest. Even so, these boring moments are typically better when spent together. And the good news is that boredom is a state of mind that we can easily turn around with the right activities and distractions.

So if you're hoping to get ahead on your weekend planning and want to avoid asking your friend, "I don't know, what do you want to do?" or you're lounging around right now with a bored bestie, you've come to the right place. Below we've compiled a list of 34 fun things to do when bored with friends, from active outings to silly diversions and simple suggestions.

Scroll through to see which activities may strike your fancy.

Make a list of the top five to ten ideas you find most appealing so you'll have it at the ready the next time boredom strikes.

Ask your friends if they want to chip in for a staycation. Rent a cool Airbnb or splurge on a hotel room for the night. Don't forget to go hot-tubbing and order room service.

Find some last-minute concert tickets and make a night of it.

Get crafty with some DIY sewing projects. Go shopping for some soft vintage sweaters or pick up a pack of tees at Target, and then customize them à la Lingua Franca.

Fun Things to Do With Friends

Hit up a sporting event near you. There's always something in season. Or better yet, start up a game yourselves for a great workout. Whether you're a tennis pro or a basketball rookie, breaking a sweat is always more fun together.

Get outside and get active. Take an easy nature walkexplore a new part of the city by foot, get some fresh air on a scenic hike, or try a new group workout class together.

If you want to lounge around but still enjoy the outdoors and warm weather, head to the nearest pool or beach. Get some sun on your face, read a book, and zen out to the sound of crashing waves. Or cool off with a skinny dip!

Things to Do When Bored With Friends

Take a walk down memory lane and do something retro like finding a drive-in movie location, a roller rink, or a bowling alley.

Try out an escape room. They're way too immersive for you to get bored—we promise.

Whip up something delicious. Sign up for a cooking class or find a recipe you all want to try and make it at home.

Things to do When Bored With Friends at Home

Attend a comedy show or an open mic night. If it strikes your fancy, you should even consider taking part.

Find a divey karaoke bar and spend the evening singing your heart out.

Have you been wanting to redecorate or paint your room another color? Now you have extra eyes and hands to help get the job done.

Things to do at a Slumber Party

If you have an entire weekend to blow, find a cool spot to go camping, roast some marshmallows, and explore the great outdoors together.

Is skydiving is on both of your bucket lists? Now is as good a time as any to book the adventure. If that's a little too wild for your tastes, see if there's a place to try trapezing in your area. Or perhaps something more typical like an amusement park will be enough of a thrill.

Give your wardrobe a refresh by hitting up a flea market or thrift store–hopping.

Things to do With Friends

Go get your fortunes read or explore a crystal shop together. You could also tell each other's fortunes with a deck of tarot cards, and if you're really into the mystical, maybe even hold a seance.

Play some fun games, like What Do you Meme, or challenge each other to a classic game of Scrabble that never gets old.

Plan a soiree or dinner party at one of your homes and invite some more of your friends. You could also turn it into a fun singles mixer to meet and introduce others to new people.

What to Do With Friends

Try a new restaurant, cafe, or dessert spot. If there's nowhere new you've been wanting to check out, hit up an old favorite.

Treat yourselves to a relaxing day at the spa. You could also just go get mani-pedis or find a place where you can get an affordable couples massage.

Just because you're bored doesn't always mean you want to move. If you're in a Netflix-and-chill kind of mood, have a ridiculous reality show marathon on the couch or catch one of the latest award-winning movies at the theater. Just don't forget the popcorn.

Things to do When Bored With Friends at Night

Go wine tasting at a local wine bar or an actual winery.

Everyone loves music so why not have a listening party? If you have a record player, put on some old records and invite more friends to make it a thing. Pairing albums with wines or cocktails kicks it up a notch, too.

Get cultured by attending a cool gallery openingart show, or midnight viewing of a cult classic movie. It could be fun to put together a unique outfit to wear out on the town, too.

What else do you and your friends like to do when you're bored?

This post was originally published on January 12, 2018, and has since been updated.

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