Keep your friendship from getting too ho-hum by finding new places to go and new activities to share. Sure, the occasional mall or movie night is fine, but that might get old after a while. Exploring new places, enjoying shared interests or taking an art or cooking class together can strengthen your friendship and add variety to your outings. Don't be afraid to venture outside your comfort zone and take up a new hobby, learn a language together or even go on a road trip.
Instead of going to the local burger joint, make some changes in your eating-out-with-friends routine. Go to that new Thai restaurant or French bistro you've been meaning to try, or venture out of your local area to check out small-town cafes or diners. If you live in or near an urban area, sample the wide variety of food trucks or international food festivals. Or learn to make your own favorites -- or something completely new -- by going to a cooking class together. As an alternative to going out, host a big potluck and ask all your friends to bring their favorite dish.
Maybe it's time for you and your friends to broaden your cultural horizons. Splurge on season tickets to the theater or the symphony and take time to learn about the playwrights or composers. If your budget is limited, take advantage of small-town theater performances, artistic events at the local college or free outdoor concerts in the summertime. Make a plan to visit a new museum each month or catch the latest exhibits at a local art gallery. Museums and local colleges may also offer courses in art history, swing dancing or foreign languages -- pick one and sign up together.
If indoor pursuits aren't your thing, there are plenty of places to enjoy outdoor fun with friends. From a simple walk in the park to a weekend spent hiking and camping, outdoor activities with your friends offer the added benefit of healthful exercise and fresh air. Take a bike ride, try rock climbing or join a running group. If sports are more to your taste, get a group together to play sand volleyball or join the local adult softball league -- you can always enjoy the post-sport cool-down with friends afterward at the local pub.
Hit the latest dance club or music venue for a fun evening with friends. Volunteer to help kids at the local community center on the occasional weekend. Go rollerblading through town or try snowboarding or surfing if you're feeling adventurous. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of your town's annual Greek or Italian festival. Check out new comics at a nearby comedy club or try your luck at karaoke, where you can all enjoy each others' efforts at singing stardom. And for relaxing, comfortable fun, grab some popcorn and have a movie night at home.
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