Bored with Vegas? 5 Alternative Bachelor Party Destinations

For some guys, a bachelor party is a chance for a last wild night — or weekend — on the town. But not every soon-to-be-wedded man wants to celebrate by indulging in strippers, gambling, and drunken shenanigans. As the average age of marriage has crept upward — the typical guy who’s getting married is 29 — the more likely it is that a groom and his friends have put their days of debauchery behind them.

“We had all been to Vegas together multiple times. Nobody was excited for that anymore. Everybody was past that point in their lives,” Heath Ward, who had his bachelor party in Iceland, where he and his friends went snowmobiling on a glacier, told the Huffington Post Canada. “People would rather spend money on something that’s a little more worthwhile.”

Thankfully, there are plenty of options for guys who’d prefer a more grown-up bachelor party. If you’re an engaged man or best man tasked with organizing a guy’s weekend, here are five memorable destinations to consider.

1. Skiing in Vail

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Mountains in Vail |  Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Vail is the biggest ski resort in North America. While the main draw is the skiing, obviously, there are also plenty of restaurants, brewpubs (like the Vail Ale House), and nightlife (like The Red Lion) to keep you entertained when you’re not on the slopes.

“Vail is not about being wild, it’s about having a phenomenal time,” Patricia McNamara, director of sales and marketing at the Sonnenalp resort, told the Huffington Post. “Wild and Vail don’t go together in the same sentence.”

2. Sport fishing in the Florida Keys

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Dock in Florida | Source: iStock

Head down to the southernmost point in the U.S. and schedule a trip with one of the many local companies that offer offshore fishing charters. The community of Islamorada is known as the sport fishing capital of the world, and you’ll find numerous local fishermen who can take you out for half-day, day-long, or evening trips to catch tuna, marlin, sailfish, swordfish, and more. Many local restaurants will even cook your catch for you once you’re back on dry land.

3. Oktoberfest in Munich

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Celebrating Oktoberfest |  Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Beer aficionados with the budget for international travel should visit Munich during the city’s legendary Oktoberfest celebration, which CNN named one of the best bachelor party destinations in the world. Beers from six local breweries are served in more than a dozen tents, and there’s also a tent featuring local wine plus plenty of hearty German food (bratwurst, pretzels, etc.) to help you soak up all that beer you’re drinking (6.7 million liters were served in 2013.)

4. Live music in Austin

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Concert in an Austin venue | Roger Kisby/Getty Images for Tumblr

This Texas city calls itself the “live music capital of the world,” so if the future groom is the kind of guy who prides himself on knowing who the next hip band is before anyone else, you can’t go wrong with Austin. You can visit in March for South by Southwest or October for the Austin City Limits festival, but with hundreds of live music venues, like Austin Music Hall, Hole in the Wall, and the Continental Club, you’re sure to discover a great new band whenever you visit.

5. Golfing in Scottsdale

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Scottsdale golf course on a sunny day | Source: Fairmont Scottsdale via Facebook

The Scottsdale/Phoenix area is home to nearly 200 courses, plus 330 days of sunshine annually, making it the perfect destination if your idea of a perfect pre-wedding weekend involves hitting the links. Stay at one of the area’s many resorts, like the Phoenician or the Fairmont Scottsdale, both ranked among the 75 top golf resorts in the U.S. by Golf Digest. Both are also home to top-rated restaurants and bars, so you can kick back after a day of golfing without having to worry about finding a cab home at the end of the night.

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