Celebrating 50? 8 Unique Birthday Ideas

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Fifty. Over the hill. But it isn’t really, not anymore. At fifty, you are still in young middle-age. You might have 50 or even 60 years left. You can spend your last years sitting at home, glued to the television. Make this year count, and start it off by doing something fun and thrilling that will build memories to last a lifetime.

1. Skydiving

Ah, adventure! Just when you feel like your life couldn’t be more boring, death-defying activities come calling. You have a lot of choices, among them skydiving, bungee-jumping and cliff-diving. Skydiving, though it seems as though it could be very dangerous, is actually a very safe activity.

2. Rent a Ferrari

C’mon, you can ditch the minivan for one night. These days, if you want to know what it’s like to drive a cool, luxury sports car, you need only rent one for the day. Hertz now offers rentals on fast rides like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.

3. Trip of a Lifetime

By now, you may have more means to make your dreams come true than you did when you were 20. Start planning and go on the trip you’ve always wanted to take. It may be your dream to hike Mount Kilimanjaro, walk a portion of the Great Wall of China, or just to sit in a café in Paris and people-watch. Whatever you want to do, invest the time and money to make it happen.

4. Crazy Theme Party

We’re all adults here. But sometimes our ages are just a number. You can have an awesome themed party, just like you host for your kids. Only in this case, take it up a notch. You could throw a celebration where everyone dresses in drag, or a fun costume party surrounding a “Zombie Apocalypse” theme.

5. Get a Tattoo

Tattoos are much more mainstream and less taboo these days, which means you won’t necessarily be sacrificing your professional credibility. Find a reputable, licensed tattoo artist and for a reasonable fee, you can have a wonderful piece of art that requires no storage and lasts forever.

6. Japanese Karaoke

Karaoke is big in Japan, and this pastime has come to the United States. You can often find a sushi bar or Japanese restaurant that offers karaoke rooms for rent. Bring a few friends, enjoy some good sushi, sashimi and sake, then get up and belt out a few tunes.

7. Party Like It’s 1999

Do you remember the 90s? They were so full of promise. We had a great economy, and the world was our oyster. While you can’t go back in time, you can take a day where you pretend that you’re 14 years younger than you are now. Send the kids to Grandma’s for an overnight (or better yet, the weekend) and reminisce about your 20s. Sleep until noon, spend the day on your own pursuits, then go partying with friends until the late hours.

8. Join the Circus

When you were a kid, you probably briefly entertained the idea of running away to join the circus. They always seemed to be having such a good time. Although we know now that our childhood perceptions were way off the mark, you can still be a part of that whimsy and wonder. Trapeze schools are becoming popular these days, with locations in many major cities. You can take a class to learn how to ride on a trapeze, or even walk the tightrope.

Whatever you decide to do with the next year, make it a good one. Try new things, go a little crazy, and enjoy yourself. After all, you’re only 50 once.

Nicole is a self-proclaimed “thrill-seeker,” and she loves searching out new and intertesting ways to spend the time. Some of her favorite unconventional birthday celebrations have included bungee jumping, tandem skydiving, and driving a porsche on the autobahn.

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