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If you’ve ever had the lovely task of planning a wedding, you know it’s an event that can bring on stress by the truckloads. This is why anyone in charge of throwing a bachelor or bachelorette party has their work cut out for them. A great party has many moving parts, including finding an affordable place to stay. But with enough planning, the memorable time spent together in honor of tying the knot can be both fun and a stress reliever all at once. Who among us doesn’t have that one friend with an epic story involving their friends getting their party on? True, Vegas is the default for many a bridal excursion. And while what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, there are plenty of other places waiting to roll out the red carpet to ensure the perfect party is in play. Here are the top locations other than Vegas that 1,000 survey participants say are the perfect place for traveling to with friends to blow off some of that pre-wedding steam.

 

Austin
Austin . Picture by Ryan Barron on Unsplash.

 

  1. Austin, Texas

    Home of the famed SXSW music festival, which unites wild west sophistication, music, and technology, Austin has plenty of bachelor and bachelorette party fun, whether you’re indoorsy or outdoorsy. Its famed Barton Springs natural pool is just one option for the outdoor set, alongside paths for hiking and biking trails and nearby Mount Bonnell. In town, there is a bounty of places to eat and drink, including a bar made entirely of shipping crates. If you need some shopping, South Congress Avenue has got you covered, including for costumes if you need them. If dancing is your pleasure, Austin has that in the bag as well, and it even offers a party barge.

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    Atlantic city
    Atlantic city. Picture by Kevin Jarrett on Unsplash.
  2. Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Don’t call it the “Vegas of the East” just yet. True, Atlantic City boasts a trove of activities  that set it apart, starting with its casinos, where there is a chance to do some high rolling, take in a show, shop, or dine. The local casinos and hotels also offer up plenty of spas. But Atlantic City, which sits along several miles of beachfront, has managed to take it up a notch with a four-mile long boardwalk to give you those ocean views. Speaking of ocean views, if you’re a dolphin fan, you can enjoy both the ocean and the animals aboard a boat on a dolphin tour. For the crew looking to go out and do some clubbing, Atlantic City offers up a variety of options, including themes and music from bygone eras such as the 70s or 80s, and bottle service. Meanwhile, anyone looking to get in some culture while partying can check out a show at the Atlantic City Ballet.

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    City from docks at night
    City from docks at night. Picture by Zoltan Kovacs on Unsplash.
  3. Boston, Massachusetts

    Bean town prides itself in being one of the oldest cities in the 50 states, and it seamlessly blends history with bachelorette party fun. Home to the Red Sox and the bar from the 80s sitcom ‘Cheers,’ Boston is also a pretty sweet place to get your bachelor or bachelorette party on. For the fitness set, Boston’s Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long and stops at 16 sites, with plenty of places to eat and drink along the way. Want to relive your college glory days? Across the river in Cambridge, you’ll find Harvard, and more importantly, Harvard Square, where you can party down with coeds. Not feeling the frat route? Not to worry. There are several male revue shows and a booze cruise. Boston is also the proud home to the Donkey Show, a famed retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

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    Milwaukee, wisconsin, metropolis
    Milwaukee, wisconsin, metropolis. Picture by Hans on Pixabay.
  4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Partying and Milwaukee might not spring to mind as things that go hand in hand, but bear with us because this one’s a bachelor or bachelorette party don’t miss. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is famous for brew culture and is ready to bring on the fun, whether your party takes a pontoon boat tour or hops aboard a 16-person pedal bike tavern. A walkable community through and through, Milwaukee offers tours of the city and its food culture, as you stroll by Old World Third Street, Brady Street, the Historic Third Ward and the Village of Wauwatosa. If walking isn’t your thing, you can also try the Historic Bar Tour, a bus ride that takes you to several local bars that date to the pre-prohibition era. And while we are speaking of tours, Milwaukee even has food tours, including a pizza tour and a tacos and tequila tour.

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