Planning a family vacation your teen will enjoy might seem like a task you are dreading as much as they are. It doesn’t have to be! Sometimes staying at a resort can be boring, there isn’t much to see or do unless you venture out and even then, it might just be for dinner. Save the resort for an adult only vacation. Check out these family vacations your teen will enjoy!
5 Family Vacations That Your Teen Will Love
Western road trip
When I was about 16 we went on vacation to Las Vegas and California. We flew into Vegas and stayed there for a couple of nights. It is not just for adults! There was a lot to do as a family. From there we took the rental car and drove towards Los Angeles, by way of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. I have fond memories of that trip! It may have been where my love of the road began. Road trips require snacks, drinks, tablets, books and maybe a few license plate games. While out there, you should consider heading to 4 Corners, where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. Don’t bypass the many ghost towns you will find out that way as well!
When you think Orlando, I am sure Disney World comes to mind. It should, but it is not just for little kids. Visiting the Disney parks is for people of all ages, including your teens. From thrill rides such as Space Mountain and Soarin to Safari Rides and of course character greetings, your teens will have more fun than they might anticipate. Disney not your thing? No big deal, head over to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure. A day chock full of rides and movie fun, you can’t go wrong. If you are up for it, either coast is only about an hour drive.
On the high seas
I wish I had gone on a cruise as a teen! It is a great family vacation because you get to see so many different things by going to a few different ports. There’s so much to do on the ship, too! Many ships have teen-friendly nightclubs, games, and other activities during the day and then, of course, there are the pool and sundeck. Think about all the great family memories you will create in the different ports with all the different adventures you go on.
Yellowstone National Park
Many people visit each year, but they spend all their time in the car. Why not get out of the car and explore Yellowstone by foot, raft, bike and horseback? Austin-Lehman Adventures offers a 6-day Cowboys, Canyons and Campfires Family Adventure where you do and see things that you would not experience from the comfort of your car. It is not all work, once you get to your day’s destination, there is time for parents to be adults and kids to be kids. It sounds like the ultimate family vacation! Check out all Austin-Lehman Adventures has to offer here www.austinadventures.com.
Check out this beautiful video of the park
There is no place like these islands off the southern tip of Florida. From adventures on an airboat or glass bottom boat to swimming with dolphins, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy in the Keys. Get up early and enjoy the sunrise, or head to the beach at night with everyone else and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever witness. Sun, sand, swimming and palm trees sound like a great family vacation to me!
Kids grow up fast! If your teens are anything like I was, they are not super excited about spending their vacation with family. Until they are there, and you show them what a great time you can have adventured with your family! I am looking forward to when my kids are teens (did I just say that?!) and we can vacation and enjoy each other in a different way than we do now.