The Best Man definitely has a full plate of responsibilities to tend to throughout the marriage process. There’s helping to choose the tux, organizing the groomsmen’s gifts, delivering a killer speech, attending rehearsals, and about a million other critical details. Out of all of the Best Man’s duties is coming up with great bachelor party ideas and planning an event that will be remembered for a lifetime.
This guide is to help all the Best Men out there plan the perfect event (not just a party) that won’t break the bank, stimulates on physical, emotional, and intellectual levels, facilitates all of the “last day of freedom” bonding. And maybe gives the Maid of Honor a few bachelorette party ideas.
List of the Best Bachelor Party Activities
- Play Western
- Get Out to the Sea
- Get Dirty
- Epic Paintball War
- Ride the Wave
- Snowboard vs Ski
- Weekend Hiking/Camping Adventure
- Catch the Biggest Fish
- Shooting Party
And 15 more in the article below!
1. Thirst For Adventure Bachelor Party Ideas
Strippers and a “The Hangover” level of alcohol can be loads of fun, but we know you can do better than that. For a truly epic night, plan a legit adventure. The main goal is to create a lasting memory, and nothing stands out more than something new, exciting, and a little extreme. This list of bachelor party ideas shows you how to make it happen.
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Starting with a conservative approach not too far removed from the standard “drinks and strippers” is a themed outing to a club, bar, or pub. We’re using a Western theme for this example, but in reality, you can choose any theme your heart desires.
With these situations, the look truly sets the tone for the evening. There are plenty of vintage stores to keep your budget in check as you shop for cowboy hats and boots, chaps, jean jackets, and scarves. Before you go out and splurge check with some friends and family to see what they have laying around in the closet. If you’re thrifty each outfit can run under $120 which only leaves the bar tab, transportation, and accommodations for the night.
We highly recommend gathering a few prizes for the best line dancer and who can ride the mechanical bull the longest. We also recommend setting up a few challenges like who can lasso a pretty lady, and who can get a photo of a woman wearing their hat. The prizes don’t have to be super luxurious. A simply engraved flask or a nice cigar will be reward enough adding $50-$100 to the evening’s cost.
Get Out to the Sea
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For those of us with proximity to a lake, this is possibly one of the best things to do for a bachelor party. Rent a pontoon boat, a yacht, or a sailboat and get away for the day. The watercraft itself runs between $150-$350 for a 6-hour run, and unless one of the Groom’s party has a license there’s usually a captain that comes along with the package. You’ll have to add approximately $75 per hour to stay safe and sound.
However, we don’t recommend the low-end costs, this is pretty much just a glorified dingy. The larger the party the more space you’ll need. Add the cost of food, drinks, and gifts and there’s your weekend.
For those who have access and an entire weekend to celebrate, book a cruise. For about $300 a head you and your gang can spend an entire weekend with delicious food on demand, more activities than your heart desires, and absolutely no stress. Bond with your boys in utter relaxation or while competing over who can reach the top of the climbing wall first! Nothing beats it.
If you need a destination recommendation, a Cancun bachelor party isn’t too far away but exotic enough that it’ll feel like a whole new world.
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Okay, so we sold the cruise thing pretty hard, but we do understand that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. For parties that prefer to keep their activities on land and with fewer people around, get outdoors. Renting a bike, dune buggy, or ATV.
Cost wise you’re looking at $85 or less per bike, and for (it’s so worth it!) $100-$300 you can get yourself onto an ATV or Dune Buggy. So, pick one and plan to get dirty. Although we tell the ladies that it’s “all about bonding” we all know that it’s fueled by testosterone and letting out your inner animal. Let him roar as you tear down the trails and through the mud pits.
Dear Maid of Honor, the above-mentioned ideas are perfect bridal shower alternatives for the outdoorsy types. Definitely add these to your “maybe” pile.
Epic Paintball War
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Keeping with the testosterone theme, pretty well every boy grew up playing army. Running through the backyard or woods, defending your country from the enemies with your fingers or sticks, and emerging a hero! Revisiting your childlike wonder with your childhood friends is the perfect thing to aspire to for the bachelor event, and paintball can make it happen for the entire wedding party.
Summon your inner warrior and charge into battle for the low cost of $150 or less per person. This may be the perfect opportunity to mix it up with the bachelorette party ideas for little boys vs. girls competition. Losers buy the drinks.
If you’re in charge of planning the bridal shower, check in with the Best Man to see if you can collaborate.
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You can’t complete a list of crazy bachelor party ideas without mentioning Skydiving. This is the thrill of a lifetime, and not for the faint of heart. Deepen your bond with the groomsmen as you risk your lives together – it’s actually quite safe, it just doesn’t feel that way.
There’s jump training prior to going up in the plane, so you may have to commit more than just one day for this to happen. The most common jumping experience is Tandem, strapped to a trained professional. The costs vary but the average is around $250 per person.
If you’re not sure you can handle it, watch a few YouTube clips from some people who brought go-pros with them.
2. Bachelor Party Ideas into the Wild
Ride the Wave
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Connecting with nature is literal perfection for some men, and this is especially true for the bachelor party. Surfing lets you forget about the world for a while and connect with your inner self. The thrill of the waves and those moments of clarity.
Sharing this experience is priceless, but carries a real-world cost of $25-$100 for lessons. Make sure to ask if the wetsuits and board are included. Moreover, you can’t surf 24/7. When downtime comes, make sure that you’ve planned a few bachelor party games to keep the party moving.
Snowboard vs Ski
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Hitting the slopes is another great option for the outdoor lover. Traveling may be the most expensive part of this event if you don’t have something in your area. Outside of that weekend hill passes range from $50 to $75.
You’ll also have to rent boots, skis, and come prepared for the weather. Your personal fashion tastes dictate the cost, but you’ll have to be prepared with a light shirt, a sweater, a light jacket, and a full winter jacket and ski pants. The trick is to dress in layers.
Racing down the snow and resting your feet by the fire with some cognac and good stories ranks pretty high on our top-10 cool bachelor party ideas. For parties seeking a higher level of adventure look to helicopter skiing. The costs range from the hundreds through the thousands depending on your destination, but this consists of a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain and usually a very luxurious chalet waiting for you at the bottom. If this is in your budget it’s quite the experience that you won’t soon forget.
Weekend Hiking/Camping Adventure
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There’s a range of ways to spend the night in the woods. You can rent a cabin, pitch a tent, or simply spend the day hiking. What they all have in common is fresh air and getting away from it all.
We recommend this option due to its simplicity. Renting a cabin can cost between $100 to $1000 per night depending on the location and the size of the cabin. But if you’re down for a day-long hike, walking is free!
We recommend staying healthy and hydrated, but considering the reason, we wouldn’t judge you if you bought a flask along.
Catch the Biggest Fish
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We mentioned getting out on the water a little earlier, but we feel it’s fair to mention fishing as a standalone option.
If you’ve ever been out on the boat, you know the appeal. If you already have the gear there’s no cost except for the food, fuel for the motor, and maybe renewing your fishing license.
If you don’t, there’s no need to go out and buy everything. There’s plenty of tours available that will supply you with the rods, reels, and bait. Best of all, they know the rivers and lakes inside and out and know where the fish are biting.
Make a game of the day and issue a challenge to see how can catch the most fish or the largest fish. Again, prizes are in order.
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Hunting has been ingrained in society since the age of Kings when royalty would venture out to demonstrate their dominance over beasts, or even further back to the early days of man when ‘survival of the fittest’ was a very real thing. Satisfy your primal instincts and connect with nature.
There are hunting tours that will take you all over the world for a wide variety of game. The further you go from home the more the costs add up. For example, it would cost upwards of $7000 to get over to Europe for your trophy.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly event, hunting closer to home is a much more affordable rate of $1000. The whole package includes a guided tour, post-hunt activities, and lodging.
3. Bachelor Party Ideas For Men Who Like Sport
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Golf is great because it offers a little bit of everything. It’s physical, but you don’t need the physique of a UFC fighter to do it well. It’s active, but not so intense that you can’t take a breath and share an anecdote with your mates. It connects you with nature, but you don’t have to risk your life to have a good time.
Hitting the links ranks in the top 3 for many men. $200 per person will cover your greens fees, balls, club rentals, and cart rentals for the day at a basic course.
But, this is a special event and you may prefer to up the ante and opt for something a little more luxurious. If you’re not part of a private club you won’t have to worry about the 6-figure member fee, but depending on your tastes you could be looking at a few thousand dollars for 18 holes.
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Bowling is just good clean fun. Lane fees and shoe rentals are a nominal cost, but you’ll want to put in a little extra effort and get some custom Groom’s Party bowling shirts made up for the event. Thus, give yourself 2-3 weeks in advance to be safe.
Split your group into teams and have some prizes ready for the winning team and highest scoring player. If you’re having trouble choosing a reward, a bottle of your favorite liquor with a custom “World Series Champion” label will do nicely.
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Depending on your climate, a field space may be at a premium. If you have World Cup fever and a game of soccer is your sport of choice, plan ahead a few months in advance. Indoor soccer fields are often booked up to 6 months out. You also may have to apply for a permit.
Find the most convenient space and call the property manager for the appropriate rental process, and be prepared to spend upwards of $500 for the day.
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If you’re lucky enough to work with a summer wedding, a day in the sun may be the perfect setting. Most public beaches have a volleyball court set up and available. The only cost is travel, food, and refreshments.
Your beach day can feature a competitive game of volleyball and be complemented by a frisbee and football to toss around. This option is great because it comes with the added bonus of delivering a healthy tan to look your best on the big day.
With each option, make sure to bring a playlist and speakers along to set the mood for the day.
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So maybe you don’t have the athletic prowess you once did, but still, appreciate all the suggestions that we’ve given so far. The majority of our options have video game alternatives.
The best bachelor night is when everyone is comfortable, relaxed, and having a good time. The video game option costs a few hundred dollars for the console and games, or $600+ for a large group to rent an entire arcade for the day.
Regardless of your choice, this allows you to enjoy all the aspects of the outdoors and activities from the comfort of indoors, surrounded by snacks and booze, and the freedom to have as many conversations with your friends as you like.
4. Trip Bachelor Party Ideas
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With so many beautiful destinations in the country, it’s impossible to see them all in a lifetime. But, you should definitely plan to check one off the list and plan a bachelor party road trip.
This option is really tricky to put a cost. There’s gas of course and entrance fees to most destinations. But, depending on where you’re going and where you’re coming from it’s very likely that you’ll want to make a few stops along the way. Chart your route well in advance and price out all of the hotels, restaurants, bars and any other potential expense.
If you have no idea where to go, we highly recommend a Nashville bachelor party. This city isn’t usually the first place to cross your mind, but our friends have been going and coming back with raving reviews. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Rather than go on and on, we encourage you to look up some nightlife YouTube clips.
Freedom Motorcycle Tour
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Take the last idea and remove a few wheels. Hitting one of the nation’s famous landmarks is a fantastic idea. Put a different spin on it and jump into a motorcycle tour. Many men love the idea of a motorcycle not for everyday use, but for that once-a-year long distance tour.
If you don’t currently own a bike you can rent them. In order to do so, you’ll have to complete a training course first. Make sure you leave enough time for this and about $150 per person per bike.
Regardless of where you end up, you’ll be tired by the time you get there. Make sure that your hotel has decent amenities and plan a stag pool party to cool off after the trip. Some fun in the sun adds to your perfect day.
Long Ride by Boat or Train
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Again, we’re recommending a destination-based bachelor party. But maybe you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy the ride as opposed to steering the car or bike. The perfect solution is a boat or train ride.
For the low cost of $200, you can travel from coast to coast by train, and take in everything that this beautiful country has to offer. Make sure to invest some time into seeing where the train stops and for how long. You may have the opportunity to visit a few towns or cities that you never thought you’d see. It’s wise to take advantage of this opportunity and plan ahead for the pub or restaurant that you want to visit.
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If you’re not sure where your travels should lead you, there’s no better destination than Vegas.
Bachelor party plans in Vegas are classic, and for good reason. Arguably, the main reason for a bachelor party is to be irresponsible one last time. Just being in Vegas makes you feel like you’re doing something a little bit wrong.
Again, it’s impossible to provide a cost for this trip. Travel and accommodation costs are obvious, but depending on your nerves gambling fees could run from $100 to $100,000. Most casinos offer free drinks and food as long as you’re gambling, so no need to worry about that too much.
Of course, there are a few other potential costs that maybe we should mention in this post, we’ll let that stay in Vegas!
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This is the Groom’s “last day of freedom”, and we recommend getting weird. If you and your crew have been geeks your entire life, you already know what your heart desires. You want a trip to New Zealand to retrace the steps of Frodo, a private tour of the Skywalker Ranch, or a well-prepared outing to your nearest ComiCon.
We’re here to remind you to not be shy. If the high school wasn’t the best experience for you, don’t fret. There’s nothing hotter than a confident geek these days.
5. Booze-Themed Ideas for Bachelor Party
Whiskey and Cigar Testing
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If you’ve made it this far and still haven’t found the perfect event for your bachelor party, it’s time to circle back to the basics. There’s nothing wrong with alcohol-fueled events, but there’s no need to be debaucherous about it. Class it up a little by making it a sophisticated affair.
Suit up, throw on some classical music, and set up a line of whiskey and cigars to sample. You could splurge and hire a connoisseur to host the evening, but it’s just as fun to learn using YouTube “How To” videos for those on a budget.
Cost wise, you’ll need a minimum of 4 premium bottles to sample from. You can get a really decent bottle for $50, but the more you spend the better it tastes. You’ll also want to include some classy glasses to make the event authentic. The same goes for cigars. You can get a Sampler’s pack for about $40. But, the more you spend the higher the quality.
Craft Beer Collection
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Some men don’t particularly care for whiskey and cigars but love the concept. For these down-to-earth bachelor parties, a craft beer party is in order.
Choose 3-5 craft beers, pour out some 3oz cups, learn about the brands, and let the good times roll. All of this for the low cost of $5 per bottle. We recommend adding to the evening with a karaoke rental or some other casual activity that will give everyone busy and smiling.
In all of these cases, you could invest a little more to have a professional stop in and walk you through the sampling process. There are formalities to the sampling process that elevates the experience for your entire party.
Make Signature Cocktails
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Keeping with the alcoholic theme, many men would prefer something a little more unique. You can go to them, or they can go to you. Either way, you should strongly consider hiring a private mixologist for your party.
They’ll show you how to make a variety of cocktails and keep you entertained throughout the night for $35 an hour.
Different Drinking Games
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You can’t just sit there and drink all night. That would get boring fairly quickly and result in some drunk passouts. The solution is drinking games!
Absolutely free of charge you can laugh the night away playing quarters, beer pong, drunk Jenga, or any number of card games. Also, check out some of our bridal shower games that can easily be transformed into glorious drinking games. If you’re budget conscious, these are the best of cheap bachelor party ideas.
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Staying put may be a little too tame for some parties. For a proper stag night, plan a pub crawl! The best way to do this isn’t to put a time limit on each location.
Rather, apply a budget for each destination. Dedicate, for example, $100 for each space. Make sure that you’re hitting a variety to keep the evening flowing. The best mix is starting at a great pub for some great conversation. Then, hit up a pool hall for a little activity. Move it to a restaurant/bar for a substantial meal. The rest of the night can consist of clubs for dancing, a jazz lounge for a little R&R, a strip joint, and maybe some gambling.
You know your group better than anyone, so plan around their tastes. Make sure that each member knows what’s in store so that they can pace themselves accordingly. And make sure there is plenty of food and water to keep your gang on their feet. No one likes a sloppy drunk.
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