20 Fun Things You Can Enjoy On Your Own Self That Don't Require a Plus One

 If you're feeling at a loss for things to do, but don't have a plus-one to plan them with, never fear: Some of the best activities are perfect for a solo afternoon. There are so many fun things to do by yourself that you might be missing out on for fear that you need a companion in order to enjoy them. But you totally don't. It's time to step out of your comfort zone.

Whether you're single or in a relationship, you absolutely don't need a significant other or a group of friends to try new things. Some of the fun things to do alone outside might intimidate you, but they're well worth trying. Everyone needs some "me" time every now and then, whether that means relaxing poolside with a captivating book, exploring nature solo, cooking your favorite dish, or trying a new activity.

Be inspired to venture out (or stay in) sans significant other or troop of friends with these 20 things to do by yourself.

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Have a Solo Picnic

Picnic In the Park

Pack up a picnic and enjoy an afternoon at the park. Bring your favorite snacks, a good book, and a comfy blanket. Who says that you need a giant guest list to enjoy spending an afternoon outside? Doing so alone is a great way to clear your head and reset for the week ahead.

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Go to a Museum

woman in museum

Head to a museum or a gallery that has been on your to-do list for weeks. Wander the halls and attempt to understand modern art with no one else around to impress.

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Try a New Recipe

woman cooking

Pick out a new pasta recipe. Buy all the ingredients and do your best to replicate the dish at home. It will taste all the more delicious, knowing that you made it from scratch.

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Take a Walk Around Your Neighborhood

woman walking

Take a walk around a hood that you think you know so well but have never really focused on. You can put on a fun playlist or simply listen to the sounds around you.

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Go Shopping

woman shopping alone

Take a splurge-worthy shopping trip. And we mean actually shopping, not online shopping. Browse your favorite shops and take home something that tempts you to wear it right out of the store. And, instead of heading to larger department stores and chains, focus on smaller shops and boutiques. Shopping local will help support your community—you know—as you indulge in a little retail therapy.

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Put Your Green Thumb to the Test

herb garden

Invest in houseplants to brighten up your home, or try your hand at gardening. It's a great way to not only pass the time but also add a little life (quite literally) to your house.

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Spend a Day in the Sun

Lounging by the Pool

Put on a swimsuit and head to the pool, the beach, or the lake. Flip through a magazine and soak up the sun (but don't forget the sunscreen).

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Enroll in a Class

ceramic class

Whether you're interested in photography, ceramics, painting, writing, cooking, graphic design, or anything in between, there's likely a local class you can take to hone your craft and meet like-minded people. Perhaps you're dying to brush up on a skill you used to practice diligently, or maybe you want to branch out and try something new. Today is the day.

Even if you're not native to NYC, the 92Y has a slew of online classes in a wide range of subjects. You can attend a one-off lecture or sign up for a semester's worth of hands-on learning.

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Head to the Farmer's Market

woman at farmers market

Instead of going grocery shopping at the corner store, head out to a farmer's market to shop fresh produce in an open-air setting. It's a great way to change up your grocery shopping routine, and you might even inspire your next meal based on what you see for sale!

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Stay Home

Relaxing at Home

Stay home and indulge in a few guilty pleasures. Walk around in your underwear, eat your favorite foods, read a book, catch up on your current TV obsession, write in your journal—do all the things you forget to do when you're too busy spending time with other people. You'll feel like a totally new person when you wake up in the morning.

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Rent a Bike

woman on a bike

Try a new mode of transportation, whether you have a specific destination in mind or simply want to go out exploring. Renting a bike will allow you to see your neighborhood from a new perspective while getting in a fun workout at the same time.

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Organize Your Closet

woman in closet

It's time to Marie Kondo your life. Your wardrobe is just too overflowing with pieces that you never wear yet can't seem to get rid of. Hence, the piles of clothing on the floor and the doors that don't quite shut. Donate anything you haven't worn in the last six months, and find a place for any forgotten jewelry, shoes, and miscellaneous objects.

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Try Out a New Sport

Outdoor Workout

If your exercise routine is getting boring, it's time to switch it up. You might even want to join an adult league for just about anything from beach volleyball and tennis to kickball and soccer.

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Take Yourself Out to Lunch

woman eating alone

Do your best to forget about your phone and simply enjoy eating a good meal alone. It's a great opportunity to head to the new local spot and check it out for yourself.

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Go See a Movie

woman in movie theater

Head to the theater and see a movie you've been dying to watch. Find a matinee and take pleasure in not having to share the popcorn with anyone else.

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Make a List

woman walking on phone

Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Whether it be in the short- or long-term future, brainstorm how you can make some of those goals happen. Use the opportunity wisely, though. Really take the time to think through everything you're adding and commit yourself to practice what you preach.

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Have a Staycation

woman in hotel bed

Book a stay at a luxe hotel in your city and enjoy fluffy white robes, room service, and blackout shades. A change of scene might be just the thing you need to get out of your own head.

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Try Out a New Workout Class

workout class

Whether it's digital or in person, try a new workout class to switch up your routine. Most yoga, Pilates, and spin studios offer a free trial to new members, so take advantage. You might just stumble upon your new favorite hobby.

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Go Thrifting


Head to a flea market, thrift store, or swap meet and see what hidden treasures you come home with. It's fun to decorate both your home and closet with one-of-a-kind finds you know none of your other friends will have.

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animal shelter

Volunteer for a cause that means something to you. It can be as simple as visiting dogs at an animal shelter or spending time with the elderly.

Related: 11 Entertaining Things to Do When You're Stuck at Home

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