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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!

Budget-Friendly Experiential Gift Ideas under $50

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By , December 2, 2015 3:50 pm

This is about the time of year that many of us start looking at our budgets and thinking about how much we have to spend on holiday gifts. Although the holidays often spark images of mass consumerism, there are certainly ways to give thoughtfully and generously with a minimalist mindset.

Experiential gifts are ones that value doing things over having things. They’re great for people who are trying to minimize clutter in their lives and not be bogged down by so much stuff. Experiences can vary greatly in price range, but there are so many great things you can try for the first time in your home city or while traveling.

These are a few of our favorite experiential gift ideas under $50.

Introduction to Belly Dancing Workshop

Belly dancing isn’t just a lesson in culture; it’s fun, flirty, and a great workout too. Give the give of our Introduction to Belly Dancing Workshop, which is in New York and features traditional Middle Eastern and North African dances and music. Your gift recipient will learn how to move her hips, torso, arms, and hands with graceful and enticing shimmy and traveling movements. It’s a great gift for anyone looking for a fun way to work out and experience different cultures. The workshop lasts two hours and runs daily.

Photo credit: Jeremy Brooks via Flickr

Photo credit: Jeremy Brooks via Flickr

Los Angeles Shore Excursion: The Queen Mary

This historic transatlantic ocean liner dates back to the 1930s is a great city break in L.A. There are several tour ticket options available, which run year-around. On our Los Angeles Shore Excursion, you’ll learn about the ship’s fascinating secrets and hauntings, as well as the art deco design and paranormal encounters. Tour options include an audio tour, behind-the-scenes tour, World War II tour, and ghosts and legends show. This is great gift for anyone interested in sailing, paranormal activity, or history.

Whitewater Tubing

West Virginia is a wonderful destination for whitewater enthusiasts, and the historic town of Harper’s Ferry is an ideal place to start. Our Whitewater Tubing experience is perfect for the 18-30 year old crowd and passes through Class I-III whitewater on the Potomac River. The experience takes place between May and September, so it’ll give your recipient something to look forward to when the spring season arrives!

La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

La Jolla is nothing short of beautiful, and one of the best ways to experience it is on two wheels. Give the gift of our La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour and your recipient will enjoy panoramic views of the San Diego cliffs and Pacific Ocean. On this two-hour ride, you’ll get admission into the La Jolla Sea Caves and Store, see famous surfing breaks, check out sea lions, and visit the historic La Jolla Village neighborhood.

Photo credit: Anne and Tim via Flickr

Photo credit: Anne and Tim via Flickr

Seattle Pub Crawl

Going to the same bars every weekend can be a drag, so the gift of a Seattle Pub Crawl is a great way to discover new and legendary watering holes. The city has some amazing microbreweries, and your gift recipient can learn all about the brewing process and pubs that are steeped in history and fame. This is a great gift for anyone who’s new to Seattle or traveling there for the first time. The pub crawl lasts about 2.5 hours and runs year-around.

Gift-giving doesn’t have to break the budget. Each of these experiences is under $50 and will help your loved ones create memories that last a lifetime.

Unique Places to Celebrate Halloween This Year

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By , October 22, 2014 8:33 am

It’s that time of year again…when goblins and ghouls run amok and party-goers scramble to throw together last-minute costumes and find a place to show them off!  Halloween celebrations vary from city to city and from town to town, so this is a great time of year to take a trip and see how other communities kick off the spooky holiday. If you’re looking for something a little scarier and more unique than trick-or-treaters and pumpkin carving this year, check out one of these awesome towns to celebrate Halloween.

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem is known for its historic witch trials, where dozens of people were put to death for allegedly being witches. The city offers tours of haunted places, infamous spots, witches circles, and hanging reenactments during the whole month of October. Don’t miss the Witch House Museum, which was once the house of a Salem trial witch judge.

Photo credit: Nick Kenrick via Flickr

Photo credit: Nick Kenrick via Flickr

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans has been called “the most haunted city in America,” and those spooky sensations only get more heightened around this time of year. There are a collection of voodoo shops around town and ghost tours are offered on a daily basis.

Estes Park, Colorado

Remember the book/movie, “The Shining?” The place that inspired Stephen King to write this horrifying tale is located right here in Estes Park. The movie plays on a channel on repeat in all of the Stanley Hotel guest rooms, and you can sip a cocktail in the haunted billiards room or music room. Aside from the haunted happenings, the hotel has amazingly beautiful views of the Colorado Rockies and there are lots of skiing and snowboarding options nearby.

Sleepy Hollow, New York

New York City’s Greenwich Village is always a hot spot for Halloween celebrators, but if you’re looking for something a little darker and spookier, head to Sleepy Hollow, New York.  The Old Dutch Burying Ground is one of the oldest cemeteries in America and the place Washington Irving is buried. Irving wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and you can book a tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to try to get a glimpse of the iconic headless horseman.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is another city that has taken claim to being the most haunted city in America. This is a quaint and historic town that hauls curious visitors around on ghost tours in a hearse. On these tours, you’ll learn about quite a few haunted happenings around town and look at the picturesque city a little differently the next day.

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Tombstone, Arizona

If the town’s name doesn’t entice you on its own, you’ll be pleased to know that you can visit spooky graveyards as part of one of the country’s best ghost tours. You’ll learn about historic and devastating shootouts and visit the graves of the victims, which may or may not be haunted.

Princeton, New Jersey

Skeptical about all this Halloween hoopla? Then Princeton, New Jersey is your best bet for Halloween this year. The Princeton Tour Company takes skeptics and believers out to historically haunted neighborhoods, cemeteries, and even an old battlefield for ghost hunts equipped with electromagnetic field meters, thermal meters, and dowsing rods.

But no matter where you decide to celebrate this year, have a safe and fun Halloween from all of us at FunSherpa!

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