50 Things To Do With Your Friends That Don't Involve Alcohol

50 Things To Do With Your Friends That Don't Involve Alcohol

There are plenty of things to do that don't involve alcohol.
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Being a college student who hates to drink is difficult. Every time I get invited anywhere it almost ALWAYS involves drinking. If I don't want to go I'm such a "buzz kill" or I need to "live a little."

I'm sorry, but I don't see the fun in spending every weekend blacked out and and not being in control of my actions around hundreds of people I don't know or trust. Every so often sure it's fun to go out and just have a good time, but I absolutely do not want to spend every weekend destroying my liver. I just don't see the point, and if you want to spend your time that way then, by all means, go ahead.

But what bothers me, is that I'm shamed for not wanting to spend my time that way and if I don't go and hangout with people at parties then we just don't hangout at all. There's plenty of fun things to do that don't involve alcohol. Here is a list of 50 fun things to do with your friends that don't involve alcohol.

1. Go to a state or national park

2. Grill out and watch the game

3. Go to the beach

4. Have a movie night or go to the movies

5. Go ice skating

6. Have a game night

7. Go to the zoo

8. Run a 5K

9. Go to dinner

10. Play in a local sports tournament

11. Volunteer at an animal shelter

12. Go to a concert

13. Go to the fair or carnival

14. Have a picnic

15. Go get coffee

16. Go shopping

17. Go camping

18. Go stargazing

19. Watch the sunrise or sunset

20. Join an exercise group

21. Go to an Escape Room

22. Go to a museum

23. Go to an art festival

24. Go to an arcade

25. Play laser tage

26. Go kayaking

27. Play mini golf

28. Go on a road trip

29. At home spa night

30. Go get ice cream

31. Try your hand at some pinterest projects

32. Binge a new Netflix show

33. Make a podcast

34. Go on a bike ride

35. Have a baking night

36. Take an art class

37. Get your nails done

38. Make tie-dye shirts

39. Go swimming

40. Explore a nearby city you've never been to

41. Go through your closets and donate the clothes you don't want

42. Get some stress relief coloring books and go crazy

43. Go bowling

44. Go skiing or snowboarding

45. Go see a play

46. Go to an amusement park

47. Go to a food festival

48. Go get brunch

49. Go to a comedy club

50. Go to a sporting event

There are so many more things that aren't on this list. If you want to go out and drink that's okay, but please don't forget about your friends who don't like drinking. There's plenty of things you can do with them that don't involve alcohol and that will make them feel 1000 times more comfortable.

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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17 Things The Girl Who's 'One Of The Guys' Knows When She ISN'T Dating One Of Them

No, none of them is my boyfriend. In fact, I'm the only single one in the group.

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I will admit, I have a lot of guy friends. In fact, I would say that 85% of my friend group are guys. And when you have a group of mainly guy friends, sometimes you turn into "one of the guys." And that's usually fine. Here are 17 things that girls who just happen to be "one of the guys" understand.

1. "Cracking open a cold one with the boys" is something you actually do.

Boys don't usually do wine, OK?

2. Everyone assumes that you're dating one.

No, none of them is my boyfriend. In fact, I'm the only single one in the group.

3. Or they assume one of them is related to you.

Nope. Once again, they are just my friends.

4. You can dress like a hobo because honestly, they don't really care.

There aren't any appearances to keep up here. Sweatpants are the outfit of choice for everyone.

5. Your guys will always give you an honest opinion.

Those boys don't hold anything back.

6. But they will also stick up for you through anything.

I can count on my guys to murder for me.

7. Talking about girls is just something you do. 

Hey, I talk to them about boys. I have to return the favor.

8. You are privy to some very weird conversations.

You don't even want to know.

9. People think you don't have any girl friends.

I have a few. My guys and I are just closer.

10. You always have someone to play pool with.

I haven't met a single guy friend who can't play pool.

11. You occasionally get asked to set up one of your guy friends with an acquaintance.

This is always really awkward, because I don't like playing matchmaker for my girl friends.

12. Dungeons and Dragons is a weekly occurrence.

Can't say I don't enjoy this one.

13. When you get dressed up, they're really confused.

They're always confused when I come around in a dress.

14. Your sense of humor is probably more vulgar than theirs.

This always surprises them more than me.

15. Your Friday nights are always interesting.

I never know what to expect with them.

16. Being aggressive is just part of the dynamic.

A good punch to the shoulder never hurt anyone.

17. You wouldn't have it any other way.

They're really the best.

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