I definitely had my fair share of crazy adventures as a teenager. Looking back now, those high school years were some of the most fun and memorable times of my life so far.
While I made plenty of mistakes, took dumb risks, and got into trouble here and there, I don’t regret any of it. Those experiences shaped me into who I am today
One of the craziest things I did as a teenager was sneak out with friends late at night and go toilet paper at a neighbor’s house.
We must have used like 10 whole rolls of TP to completely cover their trees, bushes, car – you name it. At the time it felt like the funniest prank ever.
Now I realize how immature and reckless it was, but I’ll never forget running from that house full of adrenaline and excitement.
Another time, me and two buddies tried to break the world record for the longest continuous video game marathon. We made it to 36 hours straight before completely crashing.
I was seeing Mario Kart characters racing around my bedroom when I finally collapsed into bed. My mom was so mad when she found candy bar wrappers and energy drink cans everywhere.
The point is, while some of it was misguided, I really lived life to the fullest as a teen and made memories that I’ll cherish forever. Don’t be afraid to push boundaries and embrace your youth while you still can! Use this list to inspire your own unforgettable teenage bucket list.
Being a teenager is an exciting time filled with new experiences, increasing independence, and opportunities to try new things.
If you’re looking for ways to embrace your youth and make the most of your adolescent years, then this list of 31 crazy things to try before adulthood is for you. From pulling all-nighters to taking risks to make memories with friends, these ideas will help you enjoy this fleeting time.
Here are some slightly risky things to try:
1. Ask Your Crush Out
Muster up the courage to ask out that cutie you’ve been secretly admiring from afar. Sure, facing possible rejection is scary, but you’ll regret it more if you never try.
Taking such risks as a teen helps you learn to cope with vulnerability.
2. Try Public Speaking
Many teens shy away from getting on stage, but challenging your fears helps build confidence. Raise your hand in class, join a debate club, act in a play, or give a speech at a school event.
Standing and speaking before others gets easier with practice.
3. Travel Alone
If you dream of solo travel, start local. Take a train to a nearby city for the day, see a concert alone, or spend a weekend camping by yourself. Independent travel as a teen teaches self-reliance.
4. Pull Your First All-Nighter
Staying up all night feels like a rite of passage during adolescence. Call a friend, grab some Red Bulls, and binge movies or music until sunrise. Pulling an all-nighter leaves you exhausted but satisfied. Just don’t make it a habit!
Enjoy Youthful Adventures
Your teen years won’t last forever, so seize the many chances for carefree fun, exploration, and memory-making. Embrace teenage adventures like:
5. Road Trip With Friends
Pile into a car with your besties, pick a destination, and hit the open road. Sing your heart out, talk for hours, watch the scenery, and enjoy the journey. Road trips feel nostalgic already as a teen.
6. Backyard Camping
Pitch a tent, build a campfire, roast marshmallows, and stargaze without leaving your backyard. Experience the thrill of camping close to home but away from your parents. Backyard camping brings adventure and freedom.
7. Thrift for Vintage Finds
Bring friends and make an afternoon of hitting up thrift stores and vintage shops. See who can find the coolest clothes, weirdest items, or best deals. Thrifting unearths unique treasures you won’t find elsewhere.
8. Explore Abandoned Places
Find an intriguing abandoned place like an old warehouse, empty amusement park, or crumbling castle ruins.
Bring cameras and flashlights to document your urban exploration. Just be safe and legal. Abandoned places feel eerie yet fascinating.
9. Redecorate Your Room
Give your bedroom a head-to-toe makeover so it feels like a hip dorm room. Paint or wallpaper the walls, arrange furniture creatively, hang fairy lights and posters, and display treasured keepsakes.
Redecorating unleashes your inner interior designer.
10. Ride Rollercoasters
Live out your thrill-seeker dreams by riding the biggest, tallest, loopiest rollercoasters you can find. Feel the dizzying speed, drops, and flips as you scream with friends. Rollercoasters bring a rush of adolescent adrenaline.
Break Some Rules
A bit of teenage rebellion helps develop your identity and values. Stretch the rules without going too far:
11. Sneak Out Past Curfew
Quietly slipping out to meet up with friends after curfew can feel like a rite of passage. Just make sure your parents don’t catch you when you sneak back in. Use this teen rebellion sparingly.
12. Throw a House Party
When your parents go out of town, it may be tempting to let loose with a rager while they’re away. A party can seem cool until the cops show up or the house gets trashed. Proceed with extreme caution.
13. Get a Fake ID
Having a fake ID seems exciting until you get caught and face serious penalties. This risky move can jeopardize your future, so we don’t recommend it. But we had to include it.
14. Pull a Senior Prank
As graduation nears, get together with classmates to plan an epic, harmless prank. TP the school or paste your class photos everywhere. Senior pranks let you leave your mark. Just don’t destroy property.
15. Skip School
Cutting class to go shopping, sleep in, or hit up a theme park can be thrilling. But skip school sparingly to avoid getting in trouble or falling behind. The fun of skipping wears off when consequences hit.
Make Epic Memories
The teenage years fly by, so seize every chance to create memories with the friends you may drift apart from after graduation. Build strong bonds by:
16. Pulling All-Nighters
Sometimes the best memories happen in the wee hours of the night. Stay up until sunrise just laughing, talking, and goofing passing the time with your closest comrades. All-nighters feel nostalgic fast.
17. Going to Your First Music Festival
Get wild with fellow teens at a massive outdoor music festival. Dance with abandon, camp out, and feel the love through days of live shows. Festivals create strong shared memories.
18. Driving Around Listening to Music
Go for long drives while blasting your favorite songs, windows down, and singing at the top of your lungs. Belt out lyrics, talk endless heart-to-hearts and soak up the memories. Music connects.
19. Trying New Foods Together
Make pacts with friends to attempt bizarre eats like rocky mountain oysters, fried crickets, pickle shots, or sardine shakes. Food dares create hilarious memories of shared reactions.
20. Playing Manhunt
This intense game of hide-and-seek tag spans whole neighborhoods once darkness falls. Avoid getting caught as the “manhunter” searches with flashlights. Manhunt gets your heart racing!
Live It Up
As a teen, your responsibilities are still limited, so take time to relax and enjoy life when you can. Unwind by:
21. Reading Magazines in a Cozy Nook
Grab your favorite magazines and snacks, and nestle into a sun-filled window nook. Lose yourself in glossy pages without any interruptions. Reading magazines in cozy spots feels indulgent.
22. Taking Bubble Baths
Draw a warm, bubbly bath surrounded by lit candles and music. Soak away your stress and transport yourself to a spa. Long baths feel soothing and refreshing as a teen.
23. Binge-Watching Shows in Your PJs
Hunker is down for a lazy day of Netflix bingeing in comfy PJs. Watch episode after episode of your favorite shows guilt-free. PJ days feel nostalgic already.
24. Creating Vision Boards
Cut out magazine pages, quotes, photos, and anything else inspiring to you. Glue them to a board visualizing your future dreams. Vision boards help motivate you toward goals.
25. Doing Face Masks with Friends
Glam it up with friends by applying face masks, painting nails, and exchanging gossip. Do homemade spa treatments and feel oh so grown up. Primping together bonds you.
Explore Your Passions
Use your teen years to uncover what makes you tick and delve into your interests. Figure out your gifts by:
26. Learning an Instrument
Choose a cool instrument like guitar, drums, cello, or saxophone. Take lessons and practice constantly toward playing songs or joining a band. Learning an instrument reveals undiscovered talents.
27. Testing Photography Styles
Experiment with artistic angles, lighting, lenses, and editing to hone your photographic eye. Shoot portraits, landscapes, macro, or urban. Testing techniques develops skills.
28. Writing Stories or Poetry
Keep a journal or blog to channel feelings into words. Write short fiction tales and poems to tap into your creative side. Writing unlocks hidden passions in your teen years.
Spend time volunteering with causes important to you, like animal shelters, soup kitchens, or nursing homes. Volunteering illuminates your values and strengths.
30. Starting a Collection
Collect cool items like vintage postcards, comic books, stamps, or records. Creatively display and organize your finds. Building collections reveals your interests.