Mumbai offers tourists with plenty of things to do. On the one hand, you have the regular touristy things: sightseeing and exploring churches, temples, forts, and monuments. On the other, you have more relaxing activities such as going to the spas, trying out the restaurants, shopping or spending a day at the beach.
There is also a third way to experience the city: through a non-stop marathon of fun and frolic – from heart racing activities to perfecting the art of busting a Bollywood movie, Mumbai offers a ton of offbeat, on-point experiences to have a wonderfully unique time.
Fun Things to do in Mumbai
1. Head out to Amusement Parks
If you are looking for fun things to do with the family or your group of friends, head out to an amusement park in Mumbai. The city has some great amusement parks within and away from city limits that offer exciting rides. These parks have rides for everyone: the family, couples, kids and adults. Some rides are so thrilling that even after you get off, you still have butterflies in your tummy.
If you really want to have a good time at an amusement park, two must-visits in Mumbai are Imagica and Water Kingdom. Both of these offer thrilling rides that makes your heart pound with excitement.
- Average Cost: Rs. 1000 per head
- Closing Hours: Most amusement parks in Mumbai close by 7 pm
2. Go on a Helicopter Tour
Travel like a rockstar on a helicopter and get a birds-eye view of Mumbai from high above. Booking a helicopter tour will give you a whole new perspective of Mumbai. Spot iconic structures such as the Gateway of India, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Siddhivinayak Temple from an aerial viewpoint.
- Average cost: Rs. 4000 per head
- Timing: Helicopter tours are generally conducted in the morning and afternoons from the Pawan Hans helipad in Juhu.
3. Ride on a Ferry
A good way to have some fun in the city is to go for a ferry ride from the Gateway of India. The ride lasts for about 40 minutes and takes you on a short trip away from the city and back. After you have enjoyed your time at sea, head to the nearby Colaba area to explore Mumbai’s streets and enjoy some lovely local food.
- Average cost: Rs. 100 per head
- Timing: The last ferry leaves from the Gateway dock at 5 pm
4. Hit the street markets
Shopping is a lot of people’s favourite pastime. In Mumbai, there are historic and dedicated shopping streets that stock a good selection of casual clothing and other fashion accessories at low prices.
Fashion Street in Colaba, Hill Road in Bandra, Lokhandwala in Andheri, Crawford Market and the street outside CST station are famous shopping streets in Mumbai. Brush up on your bargaining skills and head here for some great deals.
- Timing: Street vendors usually shut shop by 10 pm, stores close by 11 pm
- Pro Tip: Be confident and bargain with street vendors – they usually hike up prices if they sense you are a tourist
5. Enjoy a Bollywood Tour
If you are a tourist, one of the coolest things to do in Mumbai is to embark on a Bollywood tour. You will have plenty of fun being introduced to the ins and outs of India’s tinsel town.
From seeing how films are shot to a sneak peek at where the stars live, and even catching a glimpse of a Bollywood number being performed, you will get to see it all on the tour.
- Average cost: Tours start at Rs. 600 per head.
- Pro Tip: Bookings have to be done in advance.
6. Solve a mystery
Get the gang together and head out to Clue Hunt to enjoy fun group games. Here you can participate in many clue-based mystery games. Top ones include a crime scene, a witch hunt set and a pirate trap. In all these games, you will have to work as a team and put together clues to come up with a solution.
You get to put your detective skills to the test while having a blast with your family and friends.
- Average Cost: Prices for the game begin at Rs.700 per head.
- Timing: 10 am to 11 pm
7. Catch a play at Prithvi Theatre
Watching a play at a theatre is a fun, unique experience, especially if it is at the iconic Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. Some of the best Bollywood actors have begun their careers here, including the likes of Rishi Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma. Do not forget to head down to the Prithvi Cafe for a quick bite, it adds to the fun experience.
- Cost of a ticket: Play tickets start from Rs. 200
- Timing: The last play ends at around 11 pm
8. Explore the Outdoors at National Park
In a city like Mumbai, rarely does one get the chance to explore the wild. One place where tourists can actually see flora and fauna in Mumbai is at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Located in Borivali, the park is home to lovely trees and animals.
Enjoy treks, nature trails and workshops at the national park. The next time you are looking to have some fun outdoors, grab a few friends and head here.
- Entry Fee: Rs. 30 per person
- Timing: 7.30 am to 6 pm
9. Watch A Cricket Match at Oval Maidan
If you are looking for a different kind of fun experience, head to the Oval Maidan to watch a cricket match. Most of these matches are played between schools and local clubs. Watch as young players smash the ball to all the parts of the park, and the bowlers giving it their all.
Once the match is over, head a few kilometers away to the Kala Ghoda Cafe to enjoy a nice cup of tea, delicious snacks and the fascinating artworks on the walls.
- Entry Fee: Does not apply
- Timing: 6 am to 5 pm
10. Click Photographs at the Gateway of India
One of the most iconic structures in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is a great place to click a few pictures. You can click the Gateway from different angles, a few portraits, and even grab a panoramic shot of the stellar Taj Mahal Palace Hotel that sits across the road from the monument. A few steps away there is a Shivaji statue that’s also worth taking some pictures of. End your trip with a visit to the New Martin Hotel to sample some authentic Goan food.
- Average Cost: Around Rs. 100
- Timing: All day long
11. Devour yummy Irani Food
Mumbai is home to some iconic Irani cafes that are famous for their filling and tasty breakfasts. With vintage décor and washed out tables, these cafes serve the most authentic Parsi and Irani food you will find in Mumbai.
Some of the best Irani cafes can be found in South Mumbai: Britannia & Co, Kayani and Cafe Excelsior are three great Irani cafes to have breakfast.
- Average cost: Rs. 300 for two people
- Timing: The best time to visit an Irani cafe in Mumbai is in the morning for breakfast or for an early evening snack.
12. Go Shopping at Chor Bazaar
This is for anyone who loves to shop and get good bargains. Chor Bazaar is one place in Mumbai where you can buy almost everything under the sun. From shoes to clothes, electronics to video games, you will find it all here. Chor Bazaar is over 150 years old and has been selling products for decades. It closes at 7 pm.
- Average cost: Varies significantly. Be sure to bargain
- Timing: 6 am to 7 pm
Fun Things To Do In Mumbai At Night
13. Go on a Cycle Tour
A new concept, cycle tours are fast becoming a favourite weekend activity with locals and tourists in Mumbai. Held on the weekends, when the traffic is not at its peak, the tours take you through the bylanes of Bandra and streets of Churchgate. Most tours end with breakfast or a snack at an iconic Mumbai restaurant. If you don’t have a cycle, the organizers provide you with one for an additional fee.
- Cost of a tour: On average, it will cost you around Rs. 1000 per tour
- Timing: Early mornings or at night.
14. Head to an Arcade Gaming Parlour
If you are competitive or love sports, Mumbai has tons of gaming experiences for you to enjoy. In the city, you can visit many gaming arcades equipped with the latest virtual reality games. If you are lucky or play smart, you could even win some cool prizes at these arcades.
The Timezone in Infinity Mall Malad and Hakone in Powai are popular gaming zones in the city. For a unique gaming experience, visit Smaaash in Lower Parel – here you can play a variety of thrilling virtual reality games, and enjoy a few sporting activities too. Most malls in Mumbai have gaming zones, there’s a fantastic gaming zone at the Inorbit Malls in Mumbai that has some cool games to play.
- Average Cost: Rs. 1000 per head
- Closing Hours: Most gaming arcades in Mumbai close by 11 pm
15. Go bar hopping
Mumbai is home to some of the best bars in India, these offer visitors with a variety of experiences. From typical local bars to gastropubs and breweries, you will find all kinds of bars in Mumbai. Popular places for bar hopping are Colaba, Bandra, Lower Parel, Andheri, Mulund, and Malad.
If you are looking for a bit of nostalgia, iconic bars in Mumbai to visit are Leopold’s Cafe, Cafe Mondegar, Gokul, Toto’s Garage Pub and the Olive Bar & Kitchen. Those looking to have some fun can visit bars such as Bar Stock Exchange, Irish House, Harry’s Bar and Tamasha to dance the night away
- Average Cost: The average cost for two at a pub in Mumbai ranges from Rs. 1000 to Rs.4,000. Bars in 5-star hotels will cost you more.
- Closing Hours: While most bars close by 1.30 am, there are some that are open till 3 am.
16. Belt Out Some Tunes At Karaoke Bars
There is nothing better than singing your favourite songs with your friends to get you in a good mood. In Mumbai, you can do just that at the many karaoke bars all over the city. Whether you like hip-hop, pop, retro, or Bollywood music, you can request for them all at karaoke bars in Mumbai. If you put on a good performance, you might win the cheers of the friendly patrons.
Some of the best karaoke bars in Mumbai are Road House Bluez in Andheri, Vertigo in Malad, Soul Fry in Bandra West, The Little Door in Andheri and The Bombay Bronx in South Mumbai.
- Average Cost: Most of these places will set you back at least Rs. 800 per person.
- Timing: Karaoke sessions at bars begin by 9 pm and go on till about 1 am.
17. Go Clubbing
If fun for you means dancing the night away, Mumbai will delight you with its many nightclubs. Open till about 3 am daily, these nightclubs are filled with good music and fun. On any given day, you will find the best local and international DJs spinning EDM, Bollywood and the latest house music as the young folk groove.
To go with good music, these nightclubs offer a variety of food options and a fantastic selection of alcoholic beverages to get you in the mood for fun.
- Entry Fee: Most nightclubs charge a cover fee that ranges from Rs.2000 to Rs.4000 for a couple.
- Timing: Most nightclubs in Mumbai shut post 1.30 am, however, the ones in 5-star hotels stay open till about 3 am.
18. Catch a live gig
Mumbai has its fair share of live entertainment, catering to different audiences. Live venues in the city host ghazal, pop, rock, Bollywood and jazz musicians regularly. So, if your idea of a fun night out is catching a live performance, you will love what Mumbai has to offer.
The Hard Rock Cafe in Lower Parel and the Jio Gardens and Mehboob Studio in Bandra are the best venues to catch a live gig.
- Average cost: Ticket prices begin at Rs. 500 for local acts; international acts can cost you Rs.5000 and upwards.
- Timings: Up to 1 am
19. Dinner on the AB Celestial
On the AB Celestial cruise ship docked in Bandra, you can enjoy romantic meals and crazy cocktails. The food here is fantastic, with a selection of cuisines that include Sri Lankan, Indian and European foods. If you want to drink, try their whiskey cocktails. For something lighter, try their wines. Adding to the fun is the fantastic view of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Go here in the night to see the bridge when it is lit up.
- Cost: Around Rs. 5000 for two
- Timing: Up to 4 am
20. Sample the Street Food
If you are a foodie and love trying out different cuisines, head to one of the ‘Khao Gullies’ (food streets) in Mumbai.
Carter Road in Bandra, Cross Maidan in Churchgate, Ghatkopar, Malad Link Road and Mohammed Ali Road are some of the best places for street food in Mumbai. Popular street food dishes to try are kebabs, dosas, shawarmas, paani puri and chaats, and cutting chai. Street food is best enjoyed in the evenings or at night. Many visits after enjoying drinks at a pub or after coming back from the movies.
- Average Cost: A meal’s worth of snacks should cost you around Rs. 200 for two people.
- Timing: Most of these stalls are open till 1 am; there are a few that are open till 3 am.
21. Catch a Weekend Performance at a Mall
Another cool thing to do in Mumbai on the weekend is catching an impromptu live performance at a mall. Most malls in Mumbai organize concerts and shows on Saturday and Sunday. While most of them are free, some high profile concerts have a fee. The Phoenix Marketcity Mall in Kurla is known for hosting some big names, reggae artists Shaggy and UB40 have performed at this mall in Kurla.
- TImings: Most concerts begin by 7 pm and end at 10.30 pm
22. Fly a Plane
The Flight 4 Fantasy is a cool place to enjoy a fun outing in the city. With two outlets in Mumbai, this place lets you get a first-hand experience of flying a plane on a simulator. You will be given basic training and a certificate will also be provided. Since this experience is unique, many people want to enjoy it, so it is better to make an online reservation on the company’s website before going.
- Average Cost: Rs. 3,000
- Timing: Check their website for time slots
Whether you are in the city for a business trip or a leisurely holiday, these fun things to do in Mumbai will surely add excitement to your stay. Share with us what you normally do in your city for a good time. Do let us know in the comments below.
23. Play Laser Tag at R City Mall
R City Mall is a haven for entertainment. Apart from shopping and bars, this mall has excellent entertainment for the whole family. R City Mall has India’s first Laser Tag arena where you can play fun laser games, there is also the Escapology room that hosts live escape games and a snow park inside the mall. To add to the fun things to do, there are bars and a wax museum here too. They also host live events, check their website for schedules.
- Timing: 11 am to 12 am
24. Enjoy Spooky Thrills
If glow-in-the-dark fangs, vampires, goblins, and Dracula are things that thrill you, a visit to Scary House at the Phoenix City in Kurla is just what you need for a fun night out. The place is popular among the adventurous folks of Mumbai who come here to catch a few spooks and thrills. Go here only if you are daring enough.
- Timing: 11 am to 12 am
25. Chill at Carter Road
Sometimes fun can mean just sitting by the beach with your friends and having a good laugh and over incidents that took plans when you were kids. A good place to enjoy near the beach is Carter Road. Buzzing till the wee hours of the night, this place attracts young crowds daily. With many coffee shops and restaurants along the stretch, the place is a good spot if you just want to hang out with your buddies. Psst, if you are lucky, you might get a glimpse of your favourite Bollywood star driving down or shooting at Carter Road.
- Location: Bandra West