5 activities you can do with friends

students and friends walking through campus together with face masks on

Now that you’re meeting new people and using our tips for making friends while taking hybrid classes and learning remotely through ASU Sync, you’re probably wondering where you can hang out with your new crew. We found five fun (and socially distanced) ways and places that are perfect for spending time with the friends you’re just getting to know, or connecting with friends you haven’t seen in while.

1. Enjoy a good patio.

Grabbing a meal with someone is a great way to get to know each other. If you’re dining on campus, you’ll find shaded dining areas perfect for enjoying your meal a safe distance from your new friend. If you’re off campus, have each friend pack a personal picnic or bring a coffee to a park where you can sit apart while still talking and spending time together. Try checking out the Forks Up club, a student group for Sun Devils interested in learning how to cook. You could plan to make a meal you learned about in the group, and bring that as your meal. 

2. Walk and talk.

Use this as an opportunity to explore something new by looking for places that offer socially distanced walking tours. In Phoenix, check out the Desert Botanical Garden or the Japanese Friendship Garden for open-air experiences that make for a great day out with a friend or two. Hiking deserves an honorable mention here, too. If you live near hiking trails (and it’s not too hot), going for a quick hike or attempting a longer one is a great way to get to know a new friend. Check out the Thunderbird Hiking Club for a hiking-focused student group near Phoenix. 

3. Try an in-your-car option for hanging out with friends.

Whether you share a car with your quarantine mates or follow a friend's car while staying on the phone with them, going for a drive gives you some options.. The Phoenix Zoo is offering Cruise the Zoo, a drive-through zoo experience where you can see the animals from your car. Or try a drive-in movie theater near you.

4. Take it outside.

Plan a bike ride somewhere nearby, or try paddle boarding, kayaking or another outdoor activity you can do from a distance with your partner. In Tempe, you can rent paddle boards and kayaks at Tempe Town Lake. From there, you can head to Mill Avenue to grab an ice cream sandwich from one of the ice cream shops and stroll by “A” Mountain. If you’re on another campus or somewhere else completely, look around your space and consider taking your new friend to check out a part of town you’ve always wanted to explore, or try a natural space you haven’t been to yet. See Mayo Clinic’s list of outdoor activities and the risk level associated for more details on how to maintain distance outdoors. 

5. Keep it virtual.

If one or both of you are not ready to meet up in person, or you’re just looking for a virtual option, try playing an online game as a team, setting up a virtual workout competition or signing up for a live-hosted event like virtual trivia. For even more ideas, try something from this list of 57 ways to connect with friends remotely

As Sun Devils, we take care of ourselves, each other and our community. By continuing to educate yourself and follow public health recommendations, you can contribute to the community of care we are constantly striving for at ASU. Learn more about ASU’s Community of Care and returning to campus, and check out these posts if you’re looking for more advice on making friends and creating meaningful relationships


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