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11 Fun Group Activities For Hanging With Friends & Family This Year

City Guide, Things to Do

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on January 11, 2023
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Running out of fun things to do with your friends/family? If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next group outing, we’ve got you covered. Whether you are throwing a party, hosting a team bonding event, entertaining family in town, etc., these activities are ideal for large groups. From VR arcades to axe throwing, to boozy bingo, you’ll never be at a loss again for things to do. Start stepping out Buffalo!

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1. Laser Tag & VR Arcades

Battle it out in a game of laser tag or escape reality with these arcades around WNY:

2. Rage Room

Does breaking stuff sound like your kind of fun? Look no further than Smash Brothers Rage Room. Here, you and your group will gear up, grab a bat, and get to work. Smash everything from glassware to metal drums and more.

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3. Bowling Alleys

Bowling is truly something that never gets old! Here are some local bowling alleys to check out:

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4. Classes/Workshops

WNY is full of classes and workshops that will have you knitting you pouring your own candles, learning to screen print, make homemade chocolate bars, create your own decor, and so on. Check out a full list of upcoming classes with our guide here!

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5. Trampoline Parks/Obstacle Courses

Looking for a good obstacle course challenge? Some places offering options for all different ages are:

6. Escape Rooms

If you are ready for the ultimate mind challenge, this is it. Escape rooms are a great way to work as a team to solve puzzles and put clues together to try and escape before the time runs out! Here’s some popular escape rooms in WNY:


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7. Axe Throwing

Axe throwing has become quite the big entertainment activity here in WNY and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to chuck an axe at a bullseye while enjoying some craft beer? Here’s where you can join in on the fun:

8. Comedy Shows

In need of a good laugh? Comedy clubs are a great way to experience stand up comedians in their wheelhouse and maybe even discover your new favorite comic. Check out all the upcoming comedy shows you can expect in WNY here.

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9. Indoor Golf Ranges/Simulators

No matter the weather, these indoor golf ranges and simulators allow you to get your golf on. Compete with your friends over a couple drinks and bar snacks or simply play for fun. Check out our guide on places you can practice your swing in WNY here.

10. Roller Rinks

Perfect for parties or just for fun, show off your skills and groove out to some throwback jams at one of WNY’s local indoor roller rinks. Check out where you can find a rink near you with our guide here.

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11. Bar Games & Entertainment

Bars are the hubs to go to for some of the best entertainment for groups. First off, you know there will be food and drinks in the mix so that’a already a plus, but the themed-nights is where all the fun lies. Check out what’s happening around town:

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