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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!

Top Vegas Adventure Experiences That Don’t Involve Gambling

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By , June 17, 2015 1:10 pm

Las Vegas is known as the gambling capital of the world, but what if poker and blackjack aren’t your style and you’d rather keep a tight grip on your hard-earned cash?

Fortunately, there are tons of exciting things to do in Vegas that have nothing to do with sitting inside a casino. Here are some of our favorite Vegas adventure experiences with special deals from FunSherpa.

Morning Maverick Horseback Ride with Breakfast 

Vegas might not feel like the Wild West when you’re walking down the strip, but Nevada has some amazing canyons that’ll take you back to the cowboy era. In the Morning Maverick Horseback Ride with Breakfast experience, you’ll spend a day on a working ranch after fueling up on a traditional cowboy breakfast and venturing out on a scenic horseback ride. The outing lasts about five hours, and you’re best advised to book your trip at least a couple weeks in advance.

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Photo credit: Total due via Flickr

Red Rock Canyon Hummer Adventure

Another great way to explore the Vegas area in the outdoors is on a Red Rock Canyon Hummer Adventure. Climb into a H2 Hummer to go off-roading and explore the desert in a unique and intense way. Your guide will pick you up right at your hotel door to reach the canyon, passing by the Spring Mountains, the village of Blue Diamond, and the Bonnie Springs Ranch. You can sit back and enjoy the three-hour ride as your guide points out desert wildlife and plants that somehow exist in this harsh climate. Book this experience any time of the year between 9 am and 2 pm.

Black Canyon River Rafting

There’s another canyon worth exploring in the Vegas area, and the most fun way to see it is on a Black Canyon River Rafting trip. This is a breathtaking journey that travels down the Colorado River, with views of the Hoover Dam, high rock walls, and lots of wildlife. All rafts have been certified with Coast Guard-approved equipment and a box lunch is provided. This experience lasts about eight hours and operates year around. You might get wet, but that’s just part of the fun!

Nellis Dunes Buggy Tour

The Nellis Dunes area is a unique and mysterious place that’s very accessible from Vegas. Our Nellis Dune Buggy Tour will take you across sand dunes and dry river beds to experience the desert in an exhilarating way. This 3-4 hour tour runs from May through August starting at 7 am and every day throughout the year starting at 9 am.

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Photo credit: heather_mcnabb via Flickr

Hidden Valley and Primm Extreme Dirt Bike

If you’ve ever watched the X-Games and wondered what it would be like to ride a dirt bike, then this adventure is for you! The Hidden Valley and Primm Extreme Dirt Bike adventure takes you through rugged mountain and desert terrain through the McCullough Mountain Range, by Hidden Valley National Monument, and by Roach Dry Lake. You’ll ride between 20 and 50 miles, depending on the group size and skill levels.

See? There’s much more to the Las Vegas area than just gambling, so channel your spirit for adventure and head for the great outdoors!

Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2015

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By , March 11, 2015 10:23 am

For some people, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish heritage, and for others it’s a religious holiday or simply a reason to party. But regardless of what the day means to you, there are lots of amazing ways to celebrate in cities across America.

So if you’re tired of the same old Irish pub routine in your hometown year after year, why not take a trip to see how other cities “go green” with parades, shamrocks, and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? At FunSherpa, we can hook you up with unique adventures in these cities and many others that love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Savannah, Georgia

Would you believe that Savannah, Georgia hosts the third largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the world? Savannah’s celebration involves much more than just green beer and pub crawls. For four days, March 14-17, you can watch and listen to Irish musicians, storytellers, and children’s performers. The city dyes the water in some fountains green and there’s a parade on the 17th.

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Photo credit: Sébastien Barré via Flickr

New York City, New York

Not surprisingly, New York City hosts a huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration that’s worth checking out. The New York City parade begins on 44th Street at 11 am and marches up 5th Avenue up to 79th Street. This is one of the longest parades you can participate in, since it only finishes up around 5 pm. Some of the best Irish pubs to sip a pint in after the parade include The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District, Donovan’s Pub in Woodside, and McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio hosts the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas Annual South Texas Alamo Festival, which is where you can watch the Texas League Gaelic Football Tournament. This is a great way to kick off a traditional and authentic St. Patrick’s Day. Then you can head over to the River Walk to watch the Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and see the green river.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is centered on a huge parade that takes place on the 15th and has over 100 marching bands and military groups. If you can stay around town for a few extra days, you can attend the Shamrock Fest, which is a music festival that features traditional Celtic and alternative rock artists.

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Photo credit: LenDog64 via Flickr

Las Vegas, Nevada

There’s always a reason to celebrate something in Vegas, and Sin City has plenty of parties and events to keep you entertained. The parade steps off at the Henderson Events Plaza at 200 Water Street at 10 am and features around 100 groups and floats marching from Ocean Avenue down Water Street. Many casinos, such as New York-New York and Mandalay Bay, host themed events and there’s even a Men in Kilts Contest involving local and national firefighters for charity.

Chicago, Illinois

With a strong and proud Irish culture, Chicago remains one of the greatest places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the world. The city dumps 45 pounds of vegetable dye into the Chicago River to turn it green and the local parade marches up Columbus drive with floats, flags, and bagpipes. The best place to see the parade is in Grant Park around Columbus and Balbo, although you’ll need to arrive early to snag a spot along the route. Some great Irish pubs in Chicago are Emmit’s Irish Pub, Lady Gregory’s, Shinnick’s Pub, and Cork & Kerry.

Las Vegas Thrills without Leaving Your Hometown

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By , August 28, 2014 10:15 am

Las Vegas is known as the gambling and entertainment capital of America, and its enduring party scene has withstood generations of visitors dropping by to try their luck. The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the largest hotel, casino, and resort properties in the world, and a majority of the world’s largest hotels by room count are lined along the Strip. When you add in casinos near the strip, downtown, and on the outskirts of town, there are nearly 100 places to feel the rush of gaming action here.

However, flights to Vegas can be a little pricey and getting a couple days off work can be a challenge. At FunSherpa, we can set you up with authentic Vegas thrills without even having to leave your hometown. So whether you’re looking to a plan a fun night in with friends or organize a major event or casino party, these are some Vegas-style activities to keep in mind.

Host a Friendly Poker Party

Although there are various types of poker, each of them involves betting and winners are determined by the ranks and combinations of their cards. When the old dining room table just won’t do, consider renting out a professional table to host a proper poker party in the location of your choice. Better yet, poker table rentals come with your own casino-trained poker dealer! Up to 10 people can play on these tables. Chips, cards, set-up, teardown, and four hours of play time are included in this Chicago poker package.

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Photo credit: Viri G. via Flickr

Organize a Blackjack Event

Because of its simple premise and mindful strategy, blackjack tables are always among the most popular places to be in Vegas. You can also rent a blackjack table to take your casino party one step further. Like the poker package, this blackjack rental comes with a professionally-trained blackjack dealer, chips, and cards. Seven people can play on these blackjack tables for four hours, but plan to book your table at least two weeks in advance of your event date.

Add a Little Roulette to Your Night

Roulette, a pure game of chance, is an exciting and accessible addition to any casino night party. You can rent a roulette table that comes with a trained dealer and all the equipment that goes along with it. This is a high-quality, professional 32-inch roulette wheel that is perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties and celebrations of all kinds.

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Photo credit: Sean Dreilinger via Flickr

Go All Out with an Ultimate Vegas Party

To truly embrace the Vegas lifestyle, why settle for just one of your favorite casino games? Go all out by booking an Ultimate Vegas Party with poker, blackjack, roulette, and even craps. What more could any Vegas-lover ask for? This package comes with a casino host, all equipment, and four hours of play time. The venue is totally up to you, and guests of all ages are welcome to play as long as no cash is being exchanged for winnings.

So while nothing can truly beat an all-out Vegas extravaganza, we can bring a little Vegas your way to tide you over until your next big trip or to make your event extra special. Good luck!

Get Spooked at America’s Scariest Haunted Houses

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By , October 16, 2013 1:47 pm

With Halloween just days away, one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by visiting a haunted house. As you’ve probably noticed over the years, not all haunted houses are created equal. Some haunted houses are quaint low-budget attractions put on by local youth groups, while others employ professional actors who specialize in creating nightmares that haunt us for weeks to come.

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Let’s explore the latter of these these two entertainment experiences, as we learn a little more about America’s scariest haunted houses.

Netherworld – near Atlanta, Georgia

Since 1997, Netherworld has thrilled and terrified visitors inside a cutting-edge, multi-attraction venue. Netherworld’s movie-quality special effects and unique themes have earned the haunted house national attention from CNN and the Wall Street Journal. This year’s themes include “The Dead Ones”, featuring twisted skeletal aberrations, and “Boogeyman,” featuring the legendary creature from childhood story tales.

House of Torment – Austin, Texas

House of Torment is Austin’s multi-level 20,000 square foot haunted house, and it’s been named “one of America’s scariest attractions” by The Travel Channel. The haunted house is located at the Highland Mall and is well-known for its horrifying scenarios and towering animatronic monsters. This year’s themes revolve around the “Blackthorne District,” an abandoned insane asylum, and “Ancients Emerge,” a realm of nightmarish tombs. A third theme, “Slaughterhouse: The Harvest,” was added to expose visitors to the aftermath of contagious serum weapon testing.

Haunted Hotel – San Diego, California 

San Diego’s Haunted Hotel is part haunted house and part theatrical experience. Located downtown in the Gaslamp District, this is the longest running haunted attraction in San Diego and has been featured on The Travel Channel. Once you step into the hotel, you’ll be faced with a “Walking Dead” dungeon, a posse of killer clowns on a subway car, and become trapped in a horrifying cellar. The special effects in this haunted house are so real that you’ll be startled by the tiniest sounds for days.

Gates of Hell – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Gates of Hell prides itself on being the only R-rated haunted house in the state of Nevada. If you’d like to be the subject of a sadistic experiment in sensory overload, then this is the haunted house for you. Ranked #1 in the Western U.S., Gates of Hell wants to get your heart pounding, make you claustrophobic, and make you face the reality of your own violent death in the underworld.

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Haunted houses have been popular for decades, but as you can see, the business of horror is still thriving. Regardless of which part of the country you’re celebrating Halloween in this year, chances are, there’s a haunted house nearby. In case you’ve forgotten since last year, we’ll leave you with a few tips for going through a haunted house and safely making it through to the other side.

Haunted House Tips 

  • Don’t bother acting tough – the whole point is to be scared
  • Listen to the rules and follow them – there’s no fun in getting kicked out
  • Don’t try to scare the actors back – that’s their job
  • Don’t touch the props – set designers put a lot of hard work into these
  • Only go through once – the elements of surprise diminish when you know what’s coming
  • Don’t take photos or videos – this makes the experience less authentic for everyone

*Photo credit: felixorwari via DeviantART; Shane Gorski via Flickr 

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