Now that summer's here, you've probably seen a plethora of posts about all the best spots to drink in Edmonton. All your friends are constantly inviting you to their favourite patios or telling you about the amazing drink deals they've found.
That's cool and all, but what about the people that don't drink?! You definitely shouldn't be expected to sit at home every weekend while all your friends go out and have all the fun.
There's plenty of amazing places in Edmonton for you to visit if you don't drink, sometimes it's just a matter of finding them! Luckily for you, we've picked out a few that we think are worth checking out:
1. Art Gallery of Alberta
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
There's always something new and interesting to check out at the AGA! Go for a solo visit, or bring along your friends to snap some artsy pictures. The cost to get in isn't insane, but if you're looking to save some money, visit on Tuesday or Wednesday between 5 - 8 p.m. for free admission.
2. Hexagon Board Game Cafe
Where: 10750 82 Ave NW
A little friendly competition can do you good! Head to the Hexagon Board Game Cafe on Whyte Ave, and challenge your friends to an old favourite, or a new game. They've got hundreds to choose from, as well as an awesome food and drinks menu!
3. The X Realm
Where: 12060 Jasper Ave
Escape rooms are never a bad way to spend an evening, and there are so many unique ones popping up around Edmonton! Check out the X Realm on Jasper Ave with your friends, family, or significant other, and see just how well you can work together as a team.
4. The Rec Room
Where: 1725 99 Street NW
While a lot of people go to the Rec Room for drinks, you can definitely still have fun there while sober! There's an abundance of games to be played, and they often have some form of live entertainment as well as great food for you to feast on.
5. Metro Cinema
Where: 8712 109 Street NW
A night at the movies can be very entertaining, especially in an old-school cinema like the Metro! Check out an old classic, a low-key alternative flick, or something you usually would never think to watch! Don't forget to grab some popcorn.
6. Muttart Conservatory
Where: 9626 96a Street NW
The Muttart is a great spot for a ton of things, whether it be taking photos, winding down after a long day, or catching up with an old friend. Sit among the gorgeous greenery and find yourself feeling totally at peace.
7. World Waterpark
Where: West Edmonton Mall
Alberta may not have many outdoor beaches, but we do have World Waterpark, and that's close enough. Head to West Edmonton Mall and spend the day trying out all of the insane waterslides! The best part? You won't get a sunburn.
8. U of A Botanic Garden
Where: 51227 AB-60
While all your friends are out day drinking, you can take a walk through the beautiful University of Alberta Botanic Gardens. They often have activities happening out here, and it's a great spot to bring your camera and work on your photography skills.
9. Monster Mini Golf
Where: 3414 Gateway Boulevard
While regular mini golf is pretty fun, you can't definitely make it more interesting with a trip to Monster Mini Golf. Here, everything glows in the dark and is super spooky. It feels like every day is Halloween!
10. Speeder's Pro Karts
Where: 13145 149 Street NW
Want to really get your adrenaline pumping? Plan a trip out to Speeder's with your friends, and see who's really the best driver! It's like a real-life game of Mario Kart, but the winner buys lunch.
11. Gateway Lanes
Where: 3414 Gateway Boulevard
Even if you're horrible a bowling like me, it's still a pretty fun way to spend an evening. Get together a group of your closest friends, and challenge yourselves to see who can sink the fewest gutterballs.
12. Alberta Legislature Building
Where: 10800 97 Ave NW
There's no denying that the Alberta Legislature Building is a beautiful spot. No matter if you're touring the building itself, or just having a picnic or hanging out outside, you'll always have an amazing view.
13. Old Strathcona Farmer's Market
Where: 10310 83 Ave NW
Again, instead of day drinking on a patio, you could spend your day browsing the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market! Sample some local goods, meet other amazing Edmontonians and see all the talent that the city has to offer.
14. Glow Juicery
Where: 10216 124 Street NW
Glow has been open for just over a year now, but Edmontonians can't get enough of it. The quaint little spot is located on 124 Street and is always serving up the very best in cold-pressed juice. It's the perfect spot to cool off with a refreshing drink after a day of exploring.