3 Fun Things To Do With A Weekend Off

With my job asking us to work nearly every weekend. I spend a lot of time at work. I’m always trying to score a weekend off whenever I can. Working 12 hour shifts at least 4 to 5 days a week, plus weekends, gets old very quickly. A little relaxation, and recreation is always welcomed.


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When I do land a weekend off I always try to figure out what activity I’m going to do for the weekend to celebrate being off work. Here are 3 fun things to do with a weekend off.

3 Fun Weekend Activities

Weekend Fun
My partner striking a Sunset pose at the Riverwalk in Columbus Mississippi

1. The Riverwalk

A weekend walk along the river, at the Columbus Riverwalk Trail. Having enough time to walk the Riverwalk is always a nice, and healthy activity to fill your weekend. It’s a 5.5 mile roundtrip. Being 2.75 miles each way winding along the Tennessee – Tombigbee Waterway.

Meandering along the Tenn Tom as it’s known amongst the locals. The Riverwalk offers some amazing scenic natural views. Along with an assortment of wildlife. Including many varieties of birds, deer, fox, opossum, armadillos, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, frogs, lizards, turtles, and even the occasional snake.

My partner, and I as we take a selfie together on the Riverwalk in Columbus Mississippi
Video looking South towards the Railroad Bridge. Then Northwest towards the Sunset, and Route 82 Terry W. Brown Memorial Bridge spanning the Tenn Tom

Not to mention it’s close proximity to some really good restaurants like Harvey’s, or Huck’s Place. Both of which are really good.

Dining

For this particular weekend we chose Huck’s Place, which is a Cajun Restaurant. If your looking for some fantastic weekday dining, on Thursday’s Hucks Place has local artists playing, and performing with Live Music.

Weekend Fun
For our main course, I had the Redfish Ponchartrain. Which is a floured Reddish Fillet, topped with Crab Meat, and Sautéed Shrimp, smothered in Hollandaise Sauce. Which I had served with a side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Cajun Dirty Rice… My Partner ordered the Pop’s Chop which is a 14oz. Grilled Pork Chop cooked the way you like it. With a side Salad, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
For our Appetizer we chose Boudin Balls. Which is Batter Fried Chicken, Pork and Rice Dressing with Remoulade and Beer Mustard. These are delicious!

Total Cost of Riverwalk* & Dinner for two: $80

*Riverwalk is Free, cost included was only for Dinner and Tip!


2. TopGolf

The view looking out over the Green at TopGolf Bay #304 on the 3rd Floor

Being as far from a Golf Expert as you could possibly get. My partner and I just wanted to play a little TopGolf for fun. We had been trying to land a Saturday Evening Weekend Round of TopGolf at the Birmingham AL location for quite awhile.

Showing up once as a Walk-In on Saturday they told us the wait time was 4 hours. Not wanting to wait that long we left, and decided to make a weekend reservation. What we discovered is that it’s easy to make a reservation Sunday thru Friday, but Saturdays are quite difficult.

You have to be able to plan 3 weekends or more in advance to land a Saturday Reservation online. Which is next to impossible with my job, which is liable to require me to work any given weekend. Not to mention my partner is only off every other weekend.

We discovered the best thing to do is download the TopGolf App, become a member, and join the wait list on Saturdays instead of trying to make a reservation. After joining the wait list and getting on the highway for what they said was going to be a 4 hour wait we were on our way.

Only to be messaged by TopGolf 2 1/2 hours later while we were still an hour away that our Bay was ready, and we had 15 minutes to check in. After canceling our first spot, we rebooked again whiles on the Highway hoping to get there by the time our next Bay was ready. Unfortunately Birmingham Traffic had other plans.

Birmingham Traffic

Photo of us as we were stuck in Traffic just 9 minutes away from the TopGolf facility for almost an hour due to an accident. The traffic was so bad. The Tow Truck Driver who was supposed to be up front clearing the wreck couldn’t get through because cars wouldn’t let him by. He was stuck off the road, in the grass back behind us to our right. Evidently people rather sit in traffic, instead of letting the only guy who could clear the road through 🤷🏽‍♂️

Determined to catch our next TopGolf Bay, and not cancel again for the second time tonight. After sitting in traffic for an hour, I got out of the vehicle to get a better view. Finding a turn around spot an 1/8 of a mile ahead in the median to catch an alternate route, and detour around the Hwy 20/59 Traffic.

Let’s Play!

Through much perseverance, and determination we finally made the TopGolf facility before they called our Bay ready.

Weekend Fun
A photo of us after we finally made it to our TopGolf Bay #304 after one cancellation, and traffic

Not knowing much about the game selection, we booked the 1 1/2 hour of play option. Thankfully they have the Game Selection sheet breakdown menu at each Bay for you.

The TopGolf Player Game Selection Menu
Video of my Partner as she Tee’s Up to score some points at TopGolf
Video of myself as I try to learn how to drive, and focus on not slinging the club onto the green 😂
Photo looking back at all the Bays at the Birmingham TopGolf facility from the 3rd Floor

Dining

The TopGolf facilities are equipped with their own restaurant. Making ordering food quite easy. Although when busy, as it was Saturday it can take them quite awhile to get your food to you.

It took us a little over 40 minutes to receive our food. By the time the waiter brought us our food, it was already cold. Meaning the kitchen had probably had it ready for quite some time, but the waiter was so busy they didn’t get back to our food while it was still hot. You can check out their Full Menu Here

Weekend Fun
Time for a Dinnertime photo!
I ordered the Tres Tacos – Shrimp, with avocado salsa, lime crema, pico de gallo, Cotija Cheese, Chipotle slaw, on corn tortillas. With a side of Cheese Fries, and Jalapeños
My partner ordered the Tres Tacos also, but – Steak, with avocado salsa, lime crema, pico de gallo, Cotija Cheese, Chipotle slaw, on corn tortillas. With a side order of French Fries

Total Cost of TopGolf & Dining for two: $150


3. A Movie

The last activity on this list is probably the easiest, and definitely one of the most common, Dinner and a Movie. The only place where the snacks cost more then the activity!

With my partner being a big Jurassic Park Fan. There was really no way of me escaping going to see the last movie in the Jurassic Park series Jurassic World: Dominion.

Which we chose to go to a local regional movie theatre chain in Columbus MS called the Malco. Which has been in business since 1915, over 100 years in the Southeastern United States.

Weekend Fun
Photo from inside our Movie Cinema as we watched Jurassic World: Dominion
Weekend Fun
Making time for a quick pre-movie selfie during the movie preview trailers

We both thought the movie was pretty good. Especially bringing back some of the original cast from the first Jurassic Park Movie. Also just to save you a little time. There is no After Credit Scene at the end of the movie. The movie itself is 2 1/2 hours long.

Dining

After the movie my partner, and I decided to try some Fast Food for dinner. As we both wanted to try out the new Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger. Wagyu is a premium beef derived from a Japanese Native Cattle breed prized for it’s meat marbleization. It’s claimed to have the perfect fat to meat ratio. Leading to an almost natural buttery taste to the meat.

For the record, maybe my expectations were to high for this burger. Neither of us saw anything extraordinarily special about it, at least not enough so to make us go out of our way to obtain one. A.K.A – Flash back to the Chicken Sandwich Wars. It tasted like what you would expect of a typical fast food burger. 🤷🏽‍♂️

Weekend Fun
Both my partner, and I tried the Arby’s Bacon Ranch Wagyu Steakhouse Burger. With a side order of Curly Fries, and a drink

Total Cost of Movie & Dining for two: $70


If you enjoyed our guide to fun weekend activities, and still want more ideas. Check out my other post RIGHT HERE for more weekend fun!

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