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Unique Group Activity Ideas for Your Adventurous Crew

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By , December 15, 2015 10:23 am

Finally, this is the time of year when many of us and our friends have a few well-deserved extra days off work and school. It can be difficult to coordinate with friends around the holidays with family obligations and office parties in the mix, but true friends are always worth the effort.

If you’re tired of meeting up at the same old bar every time you get together, why not mix things up a bit? Here are some unique group activities to suggest to your adventurous crew to break up the monotony and try something different together!

Exploratorium Thursday Evening Happy Hour

Make your brain work for those tempting cocktails as you enjoy happy hour at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. There are hundreds of interactive machines here to spark your group’s imagination, and it’s just a 15-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf. Stop by on Thursdays between 6 pm and 10 pm for this adults-only peek into science, art, and curiosity. Each has a different them, so it’s worth coordinating even if you’ve been here before.

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series 

What better way to spend a day off in New York City than listening to amazing jazz music with your friends? Stop by any Tuesday at 11:30 am to get into this 90-minute show that will inspire your group’s musical side. There’s a different artist featured every week, and performances are split into two sets: one starting at noon and the next at 1:45 pm.

X Comedy Uncensored Fun at Flamingo Las Vegas

This is the sort of comedy show you might not want to bring your parents or a first date to. However, it’s perfect for a fun night out with your best friends! The X Comedy show takes place in Bugsy’s Showroom at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which also features exciting adults-only shows like “X Rocks” and “X Burlesque.” Nancy Ryan and John Bizarre are your comedian hosts for the night’s show featuring magic tricks, celebrity impersonations, and hilarious raunchy jokes.

Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Put your wits and city savvy to the test on a scavenger hunt adventure with your best buds. The Los Angeles scavenger hunt begins on Olvera Street on a course from Union Station to the Bunker Hill area. You’ll walk, run, use the metro system, and consult your smartphones to decipher clues and compete against another team or just have fun. We offer scavenger hunts in lots of other cities too, including San Diego, Atlanta, Portland, Chicago, New York, and Dallas!

Photo credit: Gloria via Flickr

Photo credit: Gloria via Flickr

Scooter Rentals

Some parts of the country are way too cold right now to consider hopping on a scooter to see the sights, but not Miami! If you live in the area or are visiting Southern Florida for a little wintertime fun in the sun with your friends, book scooter rentals for your group to experience the city in style. Scooters are economical, eco-friendly, and save you the hassles and headaches of parking. The rental shop will teach your group the basics of scooter operation and the rest of the day of exploration is up to you!

Beyond the Perfect Weather: Our Favorite San Diego Experiences

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By , September 9, 2015 12:19 pm

San Diego is one of the best destination getaways in the U.S. because it’s easy to get to, the beaches are amazing, and the weather is pretty perfect year-around. There’s so much to see and do in this California city, even if you’ve been living there for years!

At FunSherpa, we’re passionate about introducing you to experiences that you might not have thought of before, and that (gasp!) might even take you outside your comfort zone. These are some our top picks for San Diego, whether you’re planning to visit this fall or really any time of the year!

Surfing Lessons

San Diego is synonymous with surf culture, and really no trip to the city is complete without hopping on a board. Designed for true beginners, our surf lessons are led by friendly and qualified instructors who’ll help you beat the frustration and learning curve. In fact, they promise that if you’re not standing on the board at the end of your lesson, your next lesson is free! Lessons are offered year-around and last an hour or more.

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Photo credit: Nathan Rupert via Flickr

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

These days, you can’t really talk about surfing without mentioning stand-up paddle boarding too. Once you get the hang of SUP, it’s actually a really relaxing water sport that challenges your balance, strength, and overall fitness. You can learn to SUP in an hour-long lesson any time of the year in San Diego.

America’s Cup Sailing Experience

Another great way to get in tune with San Diego’s maritime culture is on an America’s Cup Sailing Experience, which sets sail on famous competitive racing vessels. Soak up the San Diego skyline from this 80-foot boat and relax on your nautical adventure. Tickets to the San Diego Maritime Museum are included in the rate, and the year-around tour lasts for about 2 1/2 hours.

Sea Rocket Speedboat Ride

To satisfy your need for speed while in San Diego, consider taking a Sea Rocket Speedboat Ride, which offers a unique way to see the sights of the city. You’ll pass by landmarks like the USS Midway Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, and Point Loma Lighthouse on this 40-minute ride. Rides are offered every day between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Catamaran Whale Watching Cruises

The water the surrounds San Diego is full of fascinating wildlife, and one of the best ways to see sea creatures is on a Catamaran Whale Watching Cruise. This is a two-hour experience on an eco-friendly boat that can hold up to 49 passengers and even has a full-service bar. These tours launch from nearby Dana Point and run between May and October.

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Photo credit: Eric Neitzel via Flickr

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Questionable Past

But after all those water activities, you’ve probably worked up quite the hunger and thirst. One of the most interesting tours you can take in the city is called Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Questionable Past, which introduces you to the historic and scandalous Gaslamp Quarter. you’ll get to sample foods and drinks from five amazing San Diego restaurants on this 2 1/2 hour tour, which typically runs on Fridays and Saturdays.

History and Beyond: Our Favorite Ways to Experience Philadelphia

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By , August 13, 2015 8:07 am

Philadelphia is known as a place for history buffs, and there are lots of relics and museums to remind us about how democracy was born in America. However, there is much more to this Pennsylvania city and many ways to get to know what it’s all about. These are some of our favorite Philadelphia experiences to try for yourself!

Flavors of Philly Food Tour

Other than history and art, Philadelphia is well-known for its delicious food. Taste what all the hype is about on a Flavors of Philly Food Tour that will show you how to eat like a local.  Over the course of about two-and-a-half hours, the tour will make six stops to sample cheese-steaks, hoagies, soft pretzels, tomato pie, cheese fries, and locally-made cookies. Your guide will fill you in with entertaining stories about these foods and the restaurants that made them so popular in the city. This tour runs between March and November from 1:30 pm to 4 pm.

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Photo credit: Wally Gobetz via Flickr

9th Street Italian Market

This is one neighborhood that’s definitely worth checking out when you’re in Philly. Here you’ll find eclectic shops, local coffee shops, parks, murals, traditional delis and bakeries, and of course the 9th Street Market. This is the oldest and largest open-air market in America, with lots of Italian food stalls and produce stalls for really reasonable prices. This is a multi-ethnic neighborhood too, so you’ll be able to explore local Mexican and Asian shops in the area too. Tours of the market depart daily and last about two hours.

Basic Keelboat Sailing

Philadelphia is also a great place for sailing, so consider taking a basic keelboat sailing course while you’re in town. This class is designed for true beginners and is mostly taught on the water to help you learn the basics of boat handling. On a small boat in protected waters, you’ll learn points of sail, reading the wind, safety, heavy weather sailing, tacking, jibing, person overboard, and federal requirements. This two-day course operates all throughout the year during good weather conditions. 

Amish Country Tour

Pennsylvania is also known for its Amish community, so if you have a few days in the area, why not experience it for yourself? Amish country tours depart from Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania with Dutchland Tours, Inc., the only certified guide company that has been providing Lancaster Country tours for over 50 years. This operator aims to help tourists see the Amish as friendly neighbors and real people, not an attraction or a curiosity. Local businesses you can visit include Amish quit shops, bake shops, and roadside stands, where you can interact with community members. These tours last about two hours and run between March and October.

Photo credit: Bob Jagendorf via Flickr

Photo credit: Bob Jagendorf via Flickr

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Another great way to experience the Pennsylvania countryside is by taking a hot air balloon ride from Quakertown. An ideal city break for couples, groups of friends, and families, you’ll see the natural beauty of the state and even get to help the crew if you like. Rides are offered year-around in good weather and last about two or three hours.

How to Make the Most of Your Trip to New York City

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By , July 30, 2015 9:32 am

As the largest city in America, and one of the biggest in the world, planning a trip to New York City can definitely be overwhelming. There’s so much to see and do here across five boroughs and a tangled web of subway lines and traffic congestion, which is a challenge if you only have a few days to spend here.

To help you narrow down your options and get the most out of your trip to the Big Apple, here are some of our favorite New York experiences to get a taste of what city is all about. Although you may have some preconceived notions about tour groups, there are lots of quirky and fun tours offered around the city that are anything but lame.

Rock and Punk Tour NYC

New York City’s East Village has been defined by the rock, punk, and glam scene, and you can learn all about its fascinating history on a Rock and Punk Tour NYC. This is a wonderful experience for music lovers who enjoy the stories and music of groups like Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, and The Velvet Underground. Expect to spend about two hours on this tour, which starts on East 9th Street and operates all throughout the year.

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SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown Food Tour

New York City is one of the finest places for foodies, and our SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown Food Tour is great because you get to experience five different food places in three popular NYC neighborhoods! You’ll get to try everything from gourmet pizza to delicious cookies, Italian salami, cannoli, and dumplings. This tour runs between January and October and lasts about 2 hours.

Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

Another recommended tour for foodies is the Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour, which stops by jazz clubs, bars, churches, and restaurants that form the Harlem soul scene. This is a perfect place to try local ribs, collard greens, fried fish, and black eyed peas. This is a five-hour tour that operates year around in the evenings.

Small-Group Walking Tour of New York City Architecture

But of course, New York is world-famous for its stunning architecture, and one of the best ways to learn about those towering skyscrapers is by taking a Small-Group Walking Tour of New York City Architecture. You’ll walk along 42nd street with your expert guide during this three-hour tour and gain a new appreciation for what the city is made of.

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New York Art Gallery Tour

New York is also known around the world for its amazing art galleries and art collections, but can be difficult to choose which ones to check out. Our New York Art Gallery Tour is centered on Chelsea, where hundreds of galleries are located and operate both afternoon and evening. Rafael Risemberg, who has a Ph.D. in arts education will be your guide and cover many different forms of art created locally, nationally, and internationally.

Central Park Movie Tour

No trip to New York City is complete without spending some time in Central Park. This iconic park has been the setting for many books, movies, and television shows, and our Central Park Movie Tour focuses on many of your favorite flicks. This tour lasts about two hours and allows you to relive and recreate your favorite scenes from old and new movies, such as Serendipity, Vanilla Sky, and When Harry Met Sally.

Summer in Chi Town: Don’t Miss Out on These Experiences!

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By , June 3, 2015 11:00 am

With brutally cold winters that seem to last a little longer each year, Chicago is a city that lives for its beautiful summer season. So now that summer is here (finally!) why not try something new to soak up the sun and make the most of it?

Chicago Jet Boat Experience

One of the best ways to see Chicago is from the water, so kick back and feel the wind in your hair on a Chicago Jet Boat Experience. This is a half-hour tour that combines an adventurous ride with the beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the sprawling Chicago skyline. The boat leaves from Navy Pier, and the captain will tell you all about the city’s landmarks, architecture, and hot spots. Jet boats run daily between 11 am and 7 pm, May through October.

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Photo credit: acuestareig via Flickr

Introduction to Kayaking

To get a little more active on the water, take our Introduction to Kayaking class with the experienced guides of Kayak Chicago. This is a beginner-friendly class that’ll teach you everything you need to know about paddling, boat types, proper gear, safety techniques, and rescue strategies. This expereince lasts about four hours and runs on Saturdays and Sundays from June through September.

Sailing 101 Chicago

Another great water activity to try in Chicago is sailing! Our Sailing 101 Chicago class is beginner-friendly, yet challenging and comprehensive. To complete the course, you’ll need to take four sessions, and each lesson last four hours. So this is a great experience for locals living in the city! Sessions run daily between April and September.

Chicago Shopping Tour: Bucktown and Wicker Park

If you’re more in the mood for a little retail therapy, why not let a shopping expert help you focus and guide you through the city’s trendiest shopping district? Our Chicago Shopping Tour: Bucktown and Wicker Park experience will take you to unique boutiques and introduce you to fashion trends and the creations of top designers. You’ll meet your guide and fellow shoppers at a cafe and then head out to receive VIP treatment and the guidance of a personal shopping stylist. The experience lasts about two hours and starts at 1:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Devil’s Lake Day Rock Climb

If you’re willing to venture outside of the city to explore the surrounding area a bit, check out our Devil’s Lake Day Rock Climb experience in southern Wisconsin. This is an ideal climbing destination for beginner climbers, and experienced guides will provide you with all the gear you need. The day begins around 9:00 am and runs until about 4:00 pm. There are more than 2,000 climbing routes here along the picturesque cliffs that overlook Devil’s Lake – perfect for taking a summertime dip after a day of climbing!

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Photo credit: stewie811 via Flickr

These are a few of the other summer-centric attractions that are must-dos in the city of Chicago:

  • Lollapalooza
  • Cubs game at Wrigley Field
  • Sox game at US Cellular Field
  • North Avenue Beach
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Air & Water Show
  • Navy Pier Fireworks

For a list of Chicago’s exciting 2015 festivals, take a look at TimeOut’s 2015 Summer Festival Guide and browse through FunSherpa’s Chicago experiences to find one that’ll make your summer unforgettable!

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