A bachelor or bachelorette party is a right of passage celebration that many people take part in before they get married. If you ask the average Joe or Joan about these prenuptial bashes, most people think of outlandish trips to Las Vegas and activities that are best kept a secret from their significant others; at least, that’s how Hollywood portrays them.

If you’re looking for a fun, unique bachelor or bachelorette party idea that won’t leave you with a throbbing headache the next day, check out these local Minneapolis ideas.

Go on an Adventure

Being in the land of 10,000 lakes means there are plenty of sporty activities to take part in with your group. Above the Falls Sports offers awesome kayak tours of the Mississippi River. If you’re looking for someone else to steer the boat, take your “crew” on a yacht trip with Al & Alma’s cruises on Lake Minnetonka. Guided tours are available from the interestingly named Humans on a Stick Segway tour company and zip line tours in Brainerd and Minneapolis from Zip Line Minnesota make for the ultimate treetop adventure!

Visit the Theater

theater-1477670_640.jpgIf you haven’t been to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, make a point to visit, even if it isn’t with your bachelor/bachelorette group. It’s a Twin Cities staple that always pleases. If you’d like something a bit more comedic, try the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theater. For the mystery lover, the Minneapolis Dinner Detective boasts “America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show.” Lastly, the Cowles

Center has a variety of theater, dance, and other events on their calendar. Check it out to see if anything suits your fancy.

Enjoy the Nightlife

You might not want to take a bank-breaking trip to Vegas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many viable nightlife options right in the Twin Cities! Minnesota has experienced a boom in local craft breweries in the past few years; consider taking your bridal party on a brewery tour.

There are tons of unique pubs and bars in the area to do much more than enjoy a drink together. If your group is filled with kids at heart, take them to Dave and Buster’s for a night of food, games, and drinks. If your group is made up of bowling fans, order a round of White Russians and check out Punch Bowl Social or the famous Bryant Lake Bowl in Uptown.

The Shout House’s dueling pianos is a famous Minneapolis stop for Minnesota soon-to-be couples. Betty Danger’s Country Club is another fun and unique choice. Mini golf, a ferris wheel, and a Mexican-inspired menu will certainly keep your group entertained. Stop in for one drink and head to the next location, or stay all night – the choice is up to you!

If you’re looking to find a creative and new bachelor, bachelorette, or co-ed party, try out a few of these ideas. If you’re looking for a unique, classy, and beautiful place to tie the knot, look no further than Earle Brown Heritage Center!