18+ Best Friend Date Ideas That Show Your Bestie You Care

Is your best friend's birthday coming up, or are you just looking for a fun activity to show her just how amazing she is? Having a bestie you can rely on in bad times or share amazing experiences with is something not to take for granted.

If you want to show her how much you care, check out these fun best friend date ideas.

18+ Fun Best Friend Date Ideas

1. Have a Potluck Dinner with Friends

No matter what time of year, potluck dinners are popular. There's no better way to show your friend you care than by hosting a dinner or cookout in her honor.

Sometimes the best gift is spending quality time with friends. Everyone can bring a dish so it's easy to plan, and you can play fun games or just spend time chatting under the stars if the weather is nice.

Check out these fun potluck dinner recipe ideas if you don't know what to cook.

2. Take a Road Trip

Another fun activity to celebrate with your awesome friend is to take a road trip. Is there a place your best friend has always wanted to go? Surprise her with a trip to a new place or an old favorite.

3. Spend a Day at a Museum

Does your friend like art or history? Consider taking her to a museum or even to a city with many museums like Washington, DC. You could spend a whole day in the Smithsonian!

A museum trip is a great way to sneak in some learning with your friend and create a memorable experience.

4. Spend an Evening at a Bookstore

Is your best friend a bookworm? Take her out to dinner and to her favorite neighborhood bookstore. You can also buy your friend a gift card to a bookstore.

5. Take in a Comedy Show

Do you have any comedy clubs near you? Taking your friend to a comedy show is one of the most fun events you can take your best friend to, especially if they are of the opposite sex.

Taking your friend out to dinner and a comedy show is a unique experience he or she will enjoy.

6. Explore Your Own City

Most of us don't think of exploring our own city and depending on how big yours is there are probably many activities you've never even done. Or you may have some favorite things to do with friends like kayaking, shopping, going to the aquarium, etc.

Explore the city with your bestie and do a favorite activity or choose something new to do.

7. Have a Movie Night

If you're looking for other fun options to celebrate your friend, either take her out for a movie night or have a movie marathon at home. Is there a film she’s been dying to see playing at one of the movie theaters close to you?

If she is more of a homebody, you can create an awesome movie night with their favorite snacks or meal.

8. Go on a Wine Tasting Adventure

One of the greatest ideas for friend dates is a wine tasting. You can even go out and rent a limo to take you to the various wineries. It would be a fun all-day adventure.

And if your friend doesn't like wine, you could do a brewery tour or make it a restaurant crawl. You probably have several restaurants in your city you've never tried.

9. Go to a Local Event

Many areas have local events you can attend live seasonal festivals, food and wine fairs, and more. Treat your friend to a unique local event out with friends.

Even better yet, you can get creative and take them to a similar event in another town. It can become a yearly event that you add to your calendar. Consider it a vacation you always take with your friend no matter how busy you are.

10. Volunteer in Your Community

Is your friend someone who appreciates helping other people and investing time in your community? Then one of the best friend date ideas for them would be to volunteer some time with them at your local animal shelter, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter.

Unfortunately, every community has needs that aren't being met, so you can easily find something to volunteer for.

11. Donate to a Charity

Like volunteering for a charity or community cause, you can gather up clothes or household items and donate them to your local domestic abuse or homeless shelter.

You can also donate supplies to your local animal shelter like food, scratching posts, litter, etc. Most shelters have a list of supplies they need so you can buy things they'll actually use.

12. Treat Them to a Concert

Going to a concert is another fun thing to do with your closest friends. Are any of their favorite bands playing close to your area? You can even treat them to dinner and a local band concert.

Sometimes popular musicians play at fairs, too, so keep your eyes open for concerts you can take your best friend to.

13. Go to an Amusement Park

Amusement parks aren't just fun for kids; adults love them too! Treat your friend to a fun day of thrill rides, shows, delicious food, and more at a theme park.

Some of the top amusement parks include:

             Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio

             Kennywood - West Mifflin, PA

             Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA or Tampa, FL

             Knott's Berry Farm 0 Buena Park, California

             Six Flags - In MD, CA, TX, OK, IL, NY, D.C., MA, AZ, and NJ

             Walt Disney World - Orlando, FL

             Universal Studios - Orlando, FL

             SeaWorld San Diego - San Diego, CA

             Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO

14. Take Your Friend Out to a Nice Dinner

Sometimes the simplest gift is to take your bestie out to a nice dinner. She may not treat herself often, so this is your chance to do something nice she won't do for herself.

It doesn't have to be too expensive as long as it's somewhere she loves, and it's even better if she doesn't get to go there often. Make an evening out and catch up on some girl time.

15. Food Festival

Bigger cities usually have food festivals where you can immerse yourself in the food culture of the area. It's a great way to learn more about the different people in your communities and learn more about their histories.

Delight your taste buds by treating your friend to a fun food festival. Examples of popular food festivals in America include:

             Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

             New York Wine and Food Festival

             Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

             Eat and Drink SF

             Oysterfest Music Festival

             Taste of Vail

             A Taste of Colorado

             San Diego Food and Wine Festival

             Taste of Edmonton

             Bay Bites Food Festival

             4th of July Barbecue Festival

             Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

See if there is a similar special event near your city.

16. Buy Her a Gift Card

And when in doubt, you can always buy your best friend a gift card. Gift Card Granny has hundreds of gift cards for popular retailers, or you can get him or her a Mastercard or Visa gift card.

Does she like coffee? Get them a gift card to a coffee shop like Dunkin Donuts.

Does she like to shop at a certain store like Old Navy or Hollister? Get her a gift card to that store.

17. Board Game Night

Sometimes quality time with your friend is all she needs. Having a board game night is the perfect idea for an entertaining best friend date night. You can invite a few friends or even play by yourselves for a night of fun.

Playing board games is the perfect idea to relieve stress and have fun without going anywhere and spending money.

18. Create a Friendship Bucket List

What better way to celebrate your friendship than to create a bucket list of the things you want to do together?

Write down all the activities you want to do and places you want to visit, and dedicate some time throughout the year to tackling the things on your bucket list.

19. Go for a Bike Ride or Hike

Does your friend like getting out in nature? Then plan a fun bike ride or hike in a national park or your local park. Sometimes all your friend needs is a way to relieve stress and spend some time with you, so hiking or biking is the perfect activity.

You can take it a step further and make it an overnight or weekend camping trip. If the idea of roughing it in the woods isn't appealing, try glamping instead.

Final Thoughts on Best Friend Date Ideas

The whole purpose behind the best date night ideas for your closest friends is to let them know you care and help them have a little fun. Whether that's getting out into nature, laughing at a comedy show, riding thrill rides, or something else, treat your friend to something fun.

And consider making it a regular event that you both look forward to, whether that's monthly or yearly. Commit to it no matter how busy the two of you get.

Which best friend date idea interests you the most?