Between hidden gem bars and charming little pubs, Ottawa’s nightlife scene is alive and thriving. But, if you find yourself craving a change from the usual Friday night drinks routine, don’t worry, we've got you. There’s a ton of unique things to do in Ottawa that will help you and the squad shake things up.

Of course, sipping festive cocktails and discovering secret bars have their proper place in your social calendar, but going out every weekend can catch up with us quickly.  

Instead, we’ve rounded up nine fun-filled Ottawa activities that are just as fun as bar-hopping but won’t leave you with that dreaded Saturday morning hangover. 

From glow-in-the-dark games to tropical wonderlands that you can explore to futuristic floating tanks, there are so many ways to kick back and have a good time in the capital.

The odds are that even if you’ve lived in Ottawa for years, there are still a few things you’ve never done.

And, best of all, this selection means you don’t need to road trip out of town for a new experience.

So if you’re finally ready for some new and exciting times with your BFFs, then simply take a look at our list below and start mapping out your next epic adventure today.

Go Thrifting @ Bellwethers Vintage

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily, hours vary

Address: 9 Florence St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This quirky little shop is the perfect place to thrift a few new items for your wardrobe, or simply wander around admiring nostalgic items. 


Mac N Cheese Mugs @ Dreamland Cafe

Price: Prices vary $12-$20

When: Open daily except Mondays, hours vary

Address: 262 Preston St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Nothing lifts the spirits quite like a giant mug full of cheesy pasta. 


Visit Ottawa's Gingerbread House

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily except Mondays, hours vary

Address: 1134 Tighe St., Manotick, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can treat yourself to some tasty gingerbread treats from this adorable little shop. 


Try Floatation Therapy 

Price: Starting at $39

When: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 464 Bank St. (entrance on McLeod Street), Unit #5, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can experience complete relaxation in a whole new way in these unique floating tanks. For the zen-at-heart.


Explore the Diefenbunker

Price: Starting at $15.49

When: Open daily, hours vary

Address: 3929 Carp Rd., Carp, ON

Why You Need To Go: Whether it's a special event or a general tour, the Diefenbunker is a unique history lesson for you to explore. 


Experience Jungle Vibes @ Tropical Greenhouse

Price: Free

When: Open daily except Saturdays, hours vary

Address: Maple Drive, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: No matter the season, you can feel like you're in a tropical jungle. 


Indulge In Red Velvet Pancakes @ Allo Mon Coco

Price: Prices vary from $5-$20

When: Open daily, hours vary

Address: 2277 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Between mint chocolate milkshakes, red velvet hot chocolates, and tasty pancakes, there are always some unique treats to try at this Ottawa spot. 


Take In A New Movie At Ottawa's Oldest Theatre 

Price: $11

When: Showtimes vary daily 

Address: 1074 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can experience a variety of classic films and new releases in this old character-filled theatre. 


Glow Golfing @ Putting Edge

Price: $11.99

When: Open daily, hours vary

Address: 5 Roydon Pl. #1, Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can never go wrong with a classic round of mini-putt. And the glow-in-the-dark element at this Ottawa spot makes it even more fun. 


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