Birthday celebrations are always fun, no matter how big or small the guest list might be – after all, there's normally food, decorations, and plenty of games. But if you've gotten a bit tired of the normal festivities, have a milestone birthday coming up, or just want to do something a little out of the ordinary next time your special day comes around, how do you think of ideas that'll knock your (and your friends') socks off? If you're looking for a few ideas for your next birthday that are a little different from the normal cake-and-ice-cream affairs, then here's what you need to know.
Nothing says 'party' like balloons – so it stands to reason that nothing says 'giant party' like a giant hot air balloon for you and your friends to ride up in. Hot air balloons are a major bucket list item for a lot of people, and for good reason – they're a great way to sightsee, cheaper than flying in a plane, and are overall just a great spot for some high-altitude fun. If you're a winter birthday, don't worry – hot air balloons fly just as well in the winter as they do in the summer, and if you can't stand the cold come birthday time, you can always do it at your half-birthday when the weather is a bit warmer. Check out companies like Las Vegas Balloon Rides to get more info.
If you love animals but a simple dog or pony rental just won't cover it, consider visiting your local zoo's petting zoo area for your next birthday shindig. Petting zoos normally have many different kinds of animals from goats to rabbits to even snakes, and are a great way to interact with animals that you normally wouldn't be able to any other way. While some petting zoos are exclusively for children, many are open to adults as well who want to pet various animals while learning a little bit about how they live and behave.
No matter if you're a recent transplant or a local who's lived in the area all your life, there's a good chance that your city has a historical background that you're largely unaware of – so if you're proud of your little corner of the world, check on your city's website for historical tours and monuments to visit. Not only is this a great way to celebrate your city and your birthday at the same time, but you'll also gain an appreciation for those who came before and hear some awesome stories about the people who founded your city.