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Teen Times: 10 Great Activities and Things to do with Teenagers

Dela Gonon

17 December 2020

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Let’s face it, days out with teenagers aren't always as easy to organise as outings with the little ones. Finding something to get your kids excited when they’re all grown up can be a challenge. With our list of 10 great things to do with teenagers, however, getting your teens to join on your next family day out will be a piece of cake!

From big theme parks to water adventures and wizardry - these awesome activities for teens are bound to get everyone excited.

  1. Brave a zip wire ride, Various Locations

    Thrilling heights and exhilarating speeds - a zip wire ride comes right at the top of our things to do with teenagers! Whether you want to try the longest or the fastest out there; or whether you want to ride in pairs, or lying down - there’s plenty of variety out there. That’s why we’ve picked out the UK’s very best zip wires to help you choose. Actually, why not make this a recurring activity and tick them all off your bucket list?!

    Teen sisters on a zip wire course

  2. Explore Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

    Maybe zipping above the mountains isn’t your cup of tea; maybe your teens are the well-grounded type. Then why not go UNDER the mountain? Check out the Slate Caverns and explore Snowdonia 500ft underground. You can take a cutting-edge audio-visual tour, take a cable railway ride and explore cathedral-sized caverns - even if it isn’t a place to take the teens near you, it definitely is one worth travelling to.

  3. Enjoy a day at Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Surrey

    A big theme park adventure is a perfect fit for your big kids! A day out with your teenagers at Thorpe Park means you can go on all the thrill rides your heart desires without having to worry about height restrictions. From taking a spin on Colossus to flying through the sky on the UK’s only winged roller coaster - The Swarm, and experiencing 5G force while spinning 360 degrees on Samurai - this won’t be a day for the faint of heart! And if you’re into scary stuff, try the SAW-themed coaster and ride the incredible Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.

  4. Visit Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Leavesden, Greater London

    You’re never too old to enjoy a world of wizardry and magic, especially when it comes to one very special wizard boy! The Warner Bros. Studio Tour will take you and your teens behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movies with actual film sets and over 950 props to see. From experiencing the grandeur of The Great Hall to exploring the Forbidden Forest and taking a walk down Diagon Alley, your teens won’t be able to hide their excitement. And let’s be honest, you’ll probably feel like a kid in there too!

  5. Dive into the fun at Cardiff International White Water, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Cardiff

    Into water sports? If you’re a little bit of a daredevil and you don’t mind getting wet, there are plenty of things to do with teenagers at Cardiff International White Water that you’ll love! White water rafting, gorge walking or indoor surfing - you’ll be up against the power of the elements in more ways that you can imagine. There will be lots of laughs and screams too, there’s no doubt about it! And if some of you just don’t want to go in the water, then there are also an Air Trail and a climbing wall.

    Teenage boy pulling a funny face on a white water canoe

  6. Uncover the secrets of Titanic Belfast, Belfast, County Antrim

    A visit to the Titanic Belfast might not sound as thrilling as some of the other entries on this list, but with nine intriguing galleries, packed with interactive exhibits, it’s a surprisingly fun day out for teenagers. The multimedia storytelling turns this into an immersive experience. You’ll get to track the journey of the Titanic from the shipyard to the depths of the ocean - it’s just like a time-travelling adventure! Plus, unravelling the mystery of the Titanic using modern theories and technology is bound to spark anyone’s curiosity.

  7. Explore space at National Space Centre, Leicester, Leicestershire

    Got budding astronauts and rocket scientists at home? The National Space Centre is another wonderful place for teens to go to, no matter the weather. Home to the UK’s largest planetarium and a massive 42-meters rocket tower, it’s a must-see attraction for anyone who’s intrigued by the mysteries of space and space travel. We challenge any aspiring astronaut, rocket scientist or fun-loving teen to resist the 3D Simulator experience!

  8. Face the heights of Go Ape, Various Locations

    This is the kind of activity that’s great for all the family, from the little monkeys to the big apes in the house. High ropes obstacles, zip wires and tricky crossings await! Some Go Ape sites also offer segway experiences and even axe throwing. Whatever you go for, it will be a fun and challenging activity that will leave you buzzing with excitement. If you aren’t scared to get wet, some people say the course is even more fun in the rain! Plus, Go Ape has over 30 locations in the UK, so it’s likely to be one of the coolest things to do for teens near you.

  9. Do an escape room together, Various Locations

    Let’s get this out of the way - escape rooms are totally addictive! If you’ve never done one before, you’ll never believe the adrenaline rush you get from having to search for clues and crack puzzles on the clock. The storytelling aspect of the experience, makes it heaps more exciting. Teens will be in their zone trying to beat the game. If you’ve got younger kids you want to get involved too, check out our list of the best family-friendly escape rooms in the UK.

    Family with teens posing in an escape room

  10. Visit a safari park, Various Locations

    If wildlife is your thing and a big day out at the zoo, or at the local farm isn’t doing it for your teenagers anymore, go on a real-life safari! Seeing free-roaming rhinos and lions up close isn’t something you do every day - any animal-loving teen would get on board with this idea! We happen to have a list of the best safari parks in the UK, so why not check it out?

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of 10 great activities and things to do with teenagers. If you’re looking for even more exciting ideas for days out with teenagers, check out the blog articles below.

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