18th Birthday Ideas for Guys That Are Actually Fun

18th birthday ideas for guys

Just because you’re an 18 year old now, doesn’t mean your birthday has to be boring. These 18th birthday ideas for guys are unforgettable ways to have fun!

Some of these birthday ideas are things you can do by yourself, while most of them include friends and family. Either way, you’ll be able to have fun no matter what your preferences are!

Let’s dive in!

Airsofting or Paintball

If you’ve never tried airsoft or paintball before, you’re missing out on a whole lot of birthday fun!

Go with friends, form a team, and get shooting. I did this on my 18th birthday and had a crazy fun day with my friends. Plus, this is an activity that you can literally play for the entire day!

Rock Climbing

Another great 18th birthday idea for guys who want an adventurous day. Grab the squad or go alone.

It’s a great way to test out your intuition and muscle strength while also enjoying the view from the top!

Road Trip

A road trip is an awesome way to escape your daily routine and get out of town.

Maybe there’s a city near your home that you’ve always wanted to visit. You never know, you might just discover your favorite place to chill on the weekends.

Go Kart Racing

Mario kart, but real life? I’m down!

Go kart racing has got to be one of the most exhilarating things to do in your teen years. Plus, some places have arcades included in the building that you can take advantage of while you’re there!

Escape Room

Think you got what it takes to solve the riddles and find the key to make it out of a room?

Bring your smartest friends (I know your head just went blank ?) and have them join you on your 18th birthday adventure to freedom.

If you’ve never heard of an escape room before, it’s basically a room (that you and your friends are locked in) filled with puzzles/riddles that you have to solve step by step until you find the code or key to get out. Oh, and there’s a time limit!

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Sports Event

Fan of sports? Get some tickets to one of your favorite teams and enjoy the competitive nature of sports.

A must have on the list of 18th birthday ideas for guys that absolutely love watching sports.

Mini Golf

The perfect place to have some pizza, eat a churro, and shoot some holes with the boys.

But keep score, it’s a lot more fun (and competitive) that way.


Bowling will always be fun, and that’s just a fact. If you haven’t been in a while, I recommend you go and test your skills as an adult.

Your results may surprise you… just kidding, it probably won’t make a difference. It’s fun though!

Oh! Don’t forget the arcade down the hall.

Themed Party

I understand that a party may not be fun at that age, I was there too.

However, if you give it a theme, it can take your party to a 10/10!

Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration:

  • Pool and pizza
  • Movie marathon
  • Smash Bros tournament
  • Monopoly tournament
  • BBQ with the boys
  • Favorite era

Game at the Park

Your 18th birthday is the perfect reason for your friends to agree to join you in a fun game at the park.

If you like playing basketball, football, tennis, etc. then you can get a game going with your friends and let out some energy.

Sometimes the best activities to do are the free ones!

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Archery Class

Archery is a fantastic way to clear your mind, focus on your patience, and practice your accuracy before you get jumbled up with finals and college preparation.

They are usually pretty affordable and easy to do by yourself if you’d like.

Axe Throwing

One of the most unique 18th birthday ideas for guys! As it grows in popularity, axe throwing is becoming more and more available around the world.

Check and see if there’s a place near you to give it a try!


Want to get outdoors? A hike is a perfect way to do just that while being with friends and family that are closest to you.

Although hiking is a very peaceful thing to do by yourself, going with friends makes for a more entertaining 18th birthday.


There are a bunch of ways to go about watching movies. Whether it’s in theaters, at home, with friends, a movie marathon, or specific genres, you will always have a way to keep movie watching fun.

Marathons or nostalgic movies are really enjoyable with a group of friends. You can even reflect on your teen years with these 10 movies every teen should watch.

Get a Massage

School is stressful. Life is hard.

You deserve to be treated to a nice massage and let out all of that stress that bottles up inside of you. Practice some self care on your 18th birthday.

After all, you are an adult now and need to look after your health by yourself.

Try A New Food

If you’re more of a dinner and chill with the family type of guy, then I encourage you to at least try something new!

Becoming an adult means trying new things in life and seeing what you like and don’t like. So take your first step towards that on your birthday meal!


It’s finally time to go see that artist that you’ve always wanted to.

Keep in mind, some of the concerts you may have wanted to see before had an age restriction. Now you can go with the peace of mind that you’re 18 and can do whatever you want!

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Camping is another great way to get outdoors and experience nature in its truest form.

Spend the night, roast marshmallows, stay up talking with friends, and enjoy every part of it. This will make for a truly unforgettable time.


Whether you’re ice skating or roller skating, you will have fun doing this. If you and your friends suck at it, even better. It makes for a good laugh.

Keep an eye out for student discounts as well!

Beach Day

Live by the water? Grab the boogie boards, snacks, volleyballs, and friends, and head out to the beach for an all day activity.

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Video Game Day

If you’re into video games, hit up the guys and tell them to get on (maybe this time they’ll actually listen since it’s your birthday)!

An even better idea is to invite your friends over and play video games together such as Smash Bros, Kinect/Wii Sports, or take turns playing your favorite games.

Kayaking or Rafting

If you’ve never done this before, you absolutely have to!

Some of my best memories as a late teen was on the water. The adrenaline rush you get from rafting and the beautiful scenery you get from kayaking just sticks with you forever!

This is definitely on my friends’ lists for birthday ideas.


There you have it, 22 unique 18th birthday ideas for guys that are actually fun. The amount of times I’ve struggled to find something to do as a guy is insane, but now I have a compiled list that I can always go to when I’m in need. I hope you will do that same!

Now you’ll know what to do on your 18th birthday. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions leave them down below. Thanks for reading!

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