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5 ways to spend prom night not at the dance


Busch Gardens' newest ride is a drop tower ride called Falcon's Fury, and it will reach speeds of 60 mph.

SKIP O'ROURKE | Times

Busch Gardens' newest ride is a drop tower ride called Falcon's Fury, and it will reach speeds of 60 mph.

Although prom may be seen as a rite of passage and must-go-to event for many teens, there are other ways to celebrate this momentous night. For those who don't like to dance, avoid school-related functions or simply don't want to spend the money for a single night of entertainment, there are other options.

Prom can be very expensive. First, here's a breakdown on prom expenses that can be spent elsewhere: Dress, $50-$500; tuxedo, $50-$200; tickets, around $60 each; dinner, $50. The total cost for each person can be anywhere from $200 to $800 depending on the group's or couple's decisions. Instead of using that money for a night dancing, here are a few ideas for what you can do instead of prom.

1 Skip the dance, have a meal.

One of the best parts of prom is getting dressed up and having gorgeous Instagram photos. That can still happen. You can still get dressed up. After snapping all the photos you need, have a nice dinner at a place such as The Melting Pot rather than using the money for a ticket to prom.

2 Skip the formal attire, play laser tag.

If dressing up really isn't your thing, it could be better to skip the dresses and bow ties and organize a group to meet for a laser tag match instead. The Xtreme Fun Center in Largo or Celebration Station in Clearwater has laser tag for affordable prices.

3 Enjoy your location.

We live in Florida, home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. Take advantage of that. Pack a picnic for two or get a group to bring food to share and camp out at any beach to watch the sunset. If you're really in it for the pictures, wear your get-up to the beach for the Tumblr-esque sunset photos.

4 Enjoy your location: take two.

Not only does Florida have great beaches, it has amazing amusement parks. Compared to the price of a normal prom night, admission to Busch Gardens or any Orlando park is a justifiable buy. To really make it interesting, go to the parks in your formal attire and enjoy the stares. Heels are not advised.

5 Destroy the dress.

If anti-prom is truly your thing, there's a fun way to show it. Sorry guys, this is mainly a girl's activity. Get a cheap dress from a thrift store that's worthy of destroying. Then, do anything possible to ruin the dress. Have paint wars, cut it into something crazy or just jump into the ocean with it on. The possibilities are endless and are sure to make for a truly memorable night!

5 ways to spend prom night not at the dance 03/25/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:10pm]
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