Somewhere, there is a ball and chain preparing to attach itself permanently to your buddy’s leg, but it’s all good. It’s the start of a new life. You need to send him out in style, however; and that means thinking beyond the basic Vegas bachelor party. He deserves something historic. It should be part vacation, part adventure and still have all the standard bro bonding rituals. Turn this party into something epic:
Nothing says manly quite like 18 challenging holes. Online magazine AskMen calls golf excursions the newest trend in bachelor parties. It recommends visiting Scottsdale, Ariz. to get your golf on too. The city offers 200 different courses along with some great eats and nighttime entertainment.
Photo of a man golfing by jurvetson via Flickr
Sunshine Golf Instead
If heading west is not practical, then how about going south for your time on the green? Orlando, Fla. is home to some of the most provocative golf courses in the world, all situated around cool theme parks. After a day of golf, you can hit City Walk at Universal Studios to get the party going.
Photo of things to do in Orlando, Fla. by Kamoteus (A New Beginning) via Flickr
Yeah, Snow Baby!
If a tee time is not your thing, you and the boys can hit the slopes of Canada instead. Vancouver has the distinction of being a bachelor’s playground and perfect for some snowboarding and ski time on Cypress Mountain. Don’t dismiss Vancouver just because it’s warm outside either. This vibrant city is seaside. Spend time kayaking at Burrand Inlet or tackling some tricky mountain bike trails. At night, visit downtown for food and brew.
Photo of Vancouver, Canada by JustinMN via Flickr
Head for the Water
The Water Park Capital of the World — what more is there to say? Wisconsin Dells is a tiny little town with a population of just 2,678 and some epic waterparks, according to CensusViewer.com. The area pulls in millions of tourists a year, so clearly they know how to have a good time. When you and the boys are not getting wet, take advantage of the other things to do in the area like horseback riding and miniature golf. Many of the water parks in the Dells are indoors, so this one works any time of the year.
Photo of a water park in Dells by cursedthing via Flickr
Montreal, Quebec — home of trendy bars and sexy French ambiance. You really can’t go wrong taking the party to St. Laurent Boulevard in Montreal. The nice thing about this Canadian spot is not the beautiful woman, but the fact that they come from all over the world to party there. From St. Laurent to St. Jacques Street, Montreal is a city full of action, nightclubs and classy style.
Photo of Montreal, Quebec by Dougtone via Flickr
What to do When the Best Man is on a Budget
A destination bachelor party is a great idea if you can afford it, but what to do if the boys are strapped for cash. A cruise is a poor man’s vacation if you live near a port. Most cruise packages are all-inclusive, so food and entertainment are part of the deal. All you and your guests need is spending money for drinks and the casino.
If you want to stay closer to home, take the party into the woods. You can put up tents or rent a local cabin. What you do from there depends. Spend the day fishing, riding the bike trails or exploring. At night, barbecue steaks, watch movies and play games on an outdoor projection screen TV or play poker.
Photo of a camp site by Marin Lopatka via Flickr