Anyone can stand to have a few drinks and let her hair down once in awhile, but the typical bachelorette party of cocktails and club-hopping isn’t for everyone. Here are a few suggestions for the girl – or group – who loves to work out and be active.
1. Sign up for a fun race
Love horror movies? Brave the Buffalo Zombie Mud Run this September at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. Something less scary a little more your speed? Try a Color Run or Dirty Girl Mud Run, or the new Blacklight Run (a glow-in-the-dark fun run) on Sept. 23 at the Outer Harbor. There are countless races in WNY, with so many themes: for a list of all the local races throughout the year, go to BuffaloRunners.com.
2. Take a pole dancing class
Not only is pole dancing an amazing workout, but it builds body confidence, too. Pole Play on Hertel Avenue offers private group classes with an instructor who’ll guide you through the basic moves and techniques. Private classes are offered Fridays 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Book online around 3-4 weeks in advance, or for special requests/dates, call the studio. Up to 20 guests are allowed for the rate of $255 per hour.
3. Go salsa dancing
Shimmy your way through your last big night out as a single woman by taking a private salsa class with your girlfriends. One local company, Baila Salsa Dance Company, offers private lessons to groups (or couples, if you’d also like to bust out some moves at your wedding reception). Sign up with a group of six or more people and the rate is $25 per person.
4. Take a Barre class
Barre class is a great way to work your muscles — it’s relaxing and graceful, making a private class the perfect beginning to your bachelorette day. At Barre Centric, you can have a private group session with 5-10 people for a flat rate of $100. Each additional person (up to 16) is $10.
5. Take a pedal tour
These large “bikes” accommodate around 13-15 people, a good size for most bachelorette parties. Book your bike and pick a route – you can sightsee architecture, hop the downtown bars, or tour Buffalo’s waterfront. Two local companies offer tours: Consumer Craft Cruiser and Buffalo Pedal Tours. See websites for prices, which run from around $350-$400, plus gratuity, for two hours, depending on the day.
New this year are pedal boats. Buffalo Pedal Tours and Buffalo Cycle Boats offer water bikes with pedal stations that tour the harbor and river. Water bikes will stop at local bars (provided there is dock space), and you can pack up to three 12-oz. cans of beer or three 6-oz. bottles of wine per adult (liquor and glass not permitted on the boat). Cost ranges from $450-$560 plus gratuity for around a two-hour tour, depending on day/time and number of riders.
6. Take a hike
Hiking is a great way to socialize, burn calories and find beautiful backdrops for photos of you and your girls. Consider heading to Watkins Glen and staying for the weekend; there are multiple accommodations including the beautiful Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, where you can stock your room with wine from the Finger Lakes before heading out to hike through the park. If you really want to earn that wine, hike from the bottom to the top – it’s an awesome workout. This is a great weekend getaway any time of the year, but especially in the summer and fall.
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