10 Friend Dates That Don’t Involve Drinking


Ten things to do with friends that isn’t happy hour.

Friends are the family we choose, our ever-present support — an ear to hear our woes, a shoulder when it’s hard to stand alone. They are there for us whenever, and wherever, we need it. But with the random rhythm of life, sometimes it is takes a little extra effort to nourish our friendships. Below are few ideas to help you and your girls decide what to do when a proper catch-up is in order. Sure, happy hour and a champagne brunch are a fun way to reconnect, but may we offer a few alternatives? Allow us to share ten fun friend date ideas that will have you and your girls learning something new — exercising and exploring new places.

I would also love to hear about you and your friend group — be sure to add your friend-date ideas to the comments below.


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  1. Love these ideas! I hate when I’m trying to plan dates with friends who can’t/don’t want to drink and other people are convinced you can’t have fun without alcohol! No excuses now =]


  2. Definitely have this issue as I’m not a much of a drinker. I meet friends for lunch, for hikes and movies – especially hiking is a great way to reconnect!

  3. I second the hiking!
    I also went on a weekend camping trip last weekend to connect with my old coworker/friend :) We spent one day doing nothing but relaxing and one day exploring.
    Also, rock climbing is loads of fun. I have brought a handful of people to my rock climbing gym for their first times.

  4. Volunteering with friends is also a great free and non-alcoholic good time. You could volunteer for a show, festival or at a animal shelter!

  5. Spending time with a friend whom has a child,if u both don’t which is even better,but going out with a friend and their toddler or child to a fun place u wouldn’t normally is a breath of fresh air. It’s amazing how much u can learn from little ones…one being, how to have fun and feel like a kid again! Jump on the bouncy houses,carnival,arcades,children’s museum or take the child somewhere they have never been and u will be surprised at how it teaches u to look at the experience with a new set of eyes. Boat ride,horseback riding,water slides. The options are endless!

  6. Adult only friend date idea: dress up and take pictures in each other’s outfits. A play modeling shoot . U may get some good pics make some funny laugh at urself memories. Set free and dress up in something u never would,then business attire,club,nerdy. Fun girls thing;) girls get together to catch up anyway so having a plan while life just happens makes it alot easier and half the fun is just being spontaneous and silly and embrace that sexy side. Say ,”tease”:)I mean cheese;)u may get a new fav fb profile pic or pics u want ur ex to stumble across or on a serious note a nice holiday card for people who live faraway

  7. A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I think that you ought to write more on this issue, it might not be a taboo subject
    but generally people do not discuss such topics. To the next!

    All the best!!

  8. There is a local nursery that offers many free classes anything from orchid care to terrarium classes, my friend and I love going to those for the afternoon.

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