Offbeat Activities for Your Next Vacation
Collected by Natalie Beauregard, AFAR Staff
It’s hard to please everyone when planning a trip for a group or family vacation, but choosing unconventional activities greatly increases your chances. Fly board on Lake Las Vegas, throw axes in Whistler, or ski inside a Dubai mall and enjoy your best vacation yet.
0-11, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
The '60s and '70s in San Francisco were synonymous with psychedelic "hobbies," but tripping in the new millennium on Pier 39 is something you can now enjoy, legally, with the entire family. This labyrinth of 77 mirrors and black lights...
20 Costa Di Lago #130, Henderson, NV 89011, USA
The 320-acre Lake Las Vegas is a great place to spend a day. This outfitter, located right in MonteLago Village at the western end of the lake, rents a variety of water-sports equipment for visitors to use and offers a handful of guided...
1208 Alpha Lake Rd #1, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1, Canada
Located just an axe toss from Coast Mountain Brewing in the heart of Function Junction, Forged Axe Throwing might be the most perfect representation of the "lumbersexual" aesthetic, if you judge by the groomed beards in the crowd....
200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Enjoy all the thrills of skydiving with none of the drama—no parachute or airplane at all. After a brief orientation, participants pull special flight suits over their clothes and then enter a wind tunnel, where all the...
926 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
This refurbished airplane hangar on scenic Crissy Field calls itself an adrenaline park. Inside, kids and adults alike blow off steam in an 8,000-square-foot trampoline playground with padded walls. Skip after-work cocktails and instead drop in...
5110 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204, USA
The building that houses Moonlight Rollerway dates back to the '40s, when it produced airplane parts for World War II. In 1956, it was repurposed as Harry's Roller Rink, and the current iteration maintains the original's 2¼-inch-thick maple...
Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Admit it; you're curious. A ski hill in the middle of the desert, on the Persian Gulf, no less, is as wild an idea as humankind has ever concocted—but isn't dreaming big what Dubai is all about? The slopes at Ski Dubai are no substitute for...
3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Rock ’n’ Bowl is where to go to find sharps, flats, spares, and strikes all hanging out together. It’s a bit unclear whether this is a nightclub hiding out in a full-size bowling alley, or a bowling alley out enjoying a secret...
1401 N Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89108, USA
You don’t have to be old enough to drive to have fun at LVMGP; four tracks, three amusement rides, one super-slide, and tons of arcade games make the destination a fun spot for the entire family. Go-carts headline the action, with three...
240 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
This indoor putt-putt course elevates plain old mini-golf with three huge innovations: the easy availability of both 40 local craft beers and slow-braised tacos from Manu's, and...dogs. That's right: Pooches can play through, especially at...
11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135, USA
The 72-lane Red Rock Lanes, at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, is the largest luxury bowling center in Las Vegas. In addition to private meeting rooms and a lounge with bar-top games, there is a full-service restaurant, a VIP section with...
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