5 Fun Things To Do With Friends

Doing interesting things means you’ll have interesting stories to share with friends, but it’s even better when you can turn to your friends and say, “Oh my gosh, remember that time…” Here are five ideas for fun things to do with friends:

1. Maine BayCycle

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Tours start and end at water taxi float at Bell Buoy Park, Portland
Cruise Portland Harbor and Casco Bay by the power of your own pedaling! (In truth, this boat does have a motor, so you technically don’t have to pedal—but pedal anyway!) The Maine BayCycle will take you and your friends out on the water for scenic views of the waterfront and city skyline. Bring some food and drink on board, too. Cost is $35 per seat. Charter the whole boat (which seats 15) for $450. Tours a few times a day Tuesday through Sunday into October. (mainebaycycle.com)

2. Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School

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Stonewall Kitchen, 2 Stonewall Lane, York
Hang out with friend while expanding your meal-making repertoire with a cooking class at Stonewall Kitchen. These demonstration-style classes let you watch, learn and—of course—eat. Classes are offered Tuesday through Sunday and include topics like “elegant date night,” “late summer harvest” and “brunch of champions.” (Complete class details—including the menu—are online.) Class costs vary, but are generally $45–$65. Register in advance. (stonewallkitchen.com)

3. Aerial Treetop Adventures obstacle course

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Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, NH
See who in your group is bold enough to tackle the 91 challenges that make up the multi-level aerial obstacle course at Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire. There are eight courses here (including a kids course) that include log ladders, bridges, seesaws, zip lines and more. And as you go, the course gets higher and higher (not to worry, there are plenty of places in between to step off, too). Cost is $56 weekends and holidays and $48 during the week and the course is open until October 8. (gunstock.com/summer/treetop-adventures)

4. Paint-Your-Own Pottery

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Color Me Mine, 4 Thompsons Point, Portland
Painting your own unique coffee mug or teapot or bowl is certainly a big part of the fun. But getting to paint while catching up with friends, gabbing away, helping each other figure out whether a polka-dotted teapot will work in your kitchen and while maybe drinking some wine, too (you can bring your own snacks and drinks)—that’s the greatest part. Cost is $10 studio fee for adults ($6 kids) plus the cost of the piece you paint (prices range from $12 and up). Reservations are recommended for groups of five or more. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday. (portland.colormemine.com)

5. Escape Room

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Escape Room Brunswick, 124 Maine St., Brunswick
Get yourself locked in a room with a handful of your closest friends! At Escape Room Brunswick, you’ll find clues, solve puzzles and open locks—hopefully before the time runs out. What’s neat about group games like this is everyone brings something to the table. Cost is $20 per person Tuesday through Sunday and $25 Friday and Saturday. Open 6–9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2–9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reserve a spot online. (escaperoombrunswick.com)

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