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

Never a dull moment

five friends walking together in workout clothes
@girlfriendcollective

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. But 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 34 fun things to do when bored with friends, from active outings to silly diversions and simple suggestions.

Make a list of the top five to 10 ideas you find most appealing so you'll have it at the ready the next time boredom strikes.

Rent a cool Airbnb or splurge on a hotel room for the night. Ask your friends if they want to chip in for a staycation. 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.

two friends posing together
@sallyomo

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.

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

head to the nearest pool or beach if you want to lounge around but still enjoy the outdoors and warm weather. 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!

friends eating together at a restaurant
@honeynsilk

Do something retro and take a walk down memory lane. 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.

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

four friends dressed up for a night out
@babba.c

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.

Redecorate or paint your room another color. Now you have extra eyes and hands to help get the job done.

two friends eating pizza dressed in robes
@pandorasykes

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

Is skydiving on 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 going thrift store-hopping.

two friends sitting together
@emilisindlev

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, or if you're really into the mystical, hold a seance.

Play some fun games like What Do you Meme or challenge each other to a classic game of Scrabble.

Plan a soirée 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.

six friends sitting together at the edge of a pool with their feet in the water
@babba.c

Try a new restaurant, café, 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 a couple's massage.

Have a ridiculous reality show marathon on the couch if you're in a Netflix kind of mood, or catch one of the latest award-winning movies at the theater. Just don't forget the popcorn.

two friends walking together
@beigerenegade

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

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.

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

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