Great ideas for travelling with teenagers
Here’s all the inspiration and imagination you need to keep your teens entertained next time you travel. Entice them with an adrenalin-fuelled ride, mastering a new skill or taking a trip back through time – brace yourself for our thrilling selection.
Thousands of people visit the beaches of Los Angeles every year to experience the thrill of riding a Californian wave. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced surfer, the Santa Monica Surf School caters to all ages and abilities with their lessons and surf packages.
Santa Monica Surf School, 2400 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Scratch DJ Academy
Scratch DJ Academy is the perfect training ground for budding DJ’s and music producers. Developed by the legendary Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, the academy has taught more than 500,000 people over the years. Single lessons and longer courses are available for eager beginners and more experienced DJs alike.
2324 Cotner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
© Credit Scratch DJ Academy
Departing from underneath the London Eye, Thames Rockets offers a thrilling alternative to the traditional sightseeing river cruise. Taking to the Thames at high velocity, these powerful speedboats are captained by knowledgeable guides who discuss the iconic landmarks with a light-hearted zeal that befits the zippy mode of transport.
Boarding Gate One, The London Eye Millennium Pier, SE1 7PB
+44 20 7928 8933
Advertised as a live escape game, clueQuest sees small teams of three to five solve various logic-based puzzles in a bid to release themselves from a locked room. An unusual premise it may be, but the experience is exhilarating and allows a rare bonding opportunity between family members of all ages.
169-171 Caledonian Road, N1 0SL
+44 779 877 2382
Go Ape Bracknell
Enjoy an unforgettable adventure at Go Ape Bracknell, located in the heart of the Swinley Forest. Experience zip-wires, Tarzan swings and tree crossings as you traverse the treetop course up to 13 metres above the ground. A little closer to earth, you can try the Forest Segway Experience for an hour of off-road fun.
The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW
+44 8456 439 215
One of the UK’s best-loved theme parks, Thorpe Park has a number of rollercoasters and other attractions, including rapids and ghost trains. There’s also the popular “SAW – The Ride”, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, The Swarm, and numerous places to eat and drink.
Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PZ
+44 8716 631 673
Paris Night Bike Tour
This four-hour evening excursion from Fat Tire Tours offers a unique way to see Paris. Soak up the best city sights on two wheels, from the vibrant nightlife of the Latin Quarter to the beautiful Île de la Cité. A mid-cycle dessert comes in the form of ice cream from Berthillon, and the evening finishes up with a boat cruise along the River Seine, complete with complimentary juice or wine.
Dupleix Metro, Boulevard de Grenelle, 75015
+33 1 866 614 6218
Cooking Class at Le Foodist
Feed a teenager Parisian delights during their trip and they’ll be happy for a day, but teach them to cook and suddenly the future looks very bright (and filled with macarons). Le Foodist offers morning and evening English-language cooking or baking classes that are hands-on, fun and could even include a market visit.
59 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005
+33 6 71 70 95 22
Vespa Vintage Tour
Why sightsee on foot when you can explore the city on the back of a vintage Vespa? A thrilling ride for the whole family, the three-hour Vespa Vintage Tour from Rome 500 Experience takes passengers on an alternative tour of the city, speeding alongside many highlight attractions such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Vatican City.
+39 36 6306 2906
An unmissable attraction for history buffs, Castel Sant’Angelo is more than just a castle. The ancient Roman fortress is home to Hadrian’s tomb, built by the 2nd century emperor himself. Starting at the tomb, young adventurers can explore the castle and discover the National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo with its collections of antique weapons, pottery and art.
Lungotevere Castello 50, 00193
+39 06 32810
Milan Segway Tour
Infinitely more fun than walking, a Segway tour of Milan is sure to appeal to teenagers tired of pounding the pavements. A novel way to see the city, and surprisingly easy to handle, each trip is led by friendly, knowledgeable guides from Italy Segway Tours, keen to show visitors the best of Milan.
Italy Segway Tours, Via Dei Chiostri 1, 20121
+39 055 239 8855
San Siro Stadium Tour
Milan is a city that lives for football and whilst its two home teams – F.C. Inter and A.C. Milan – may share a stadium, their rivalry is one of the fiercest in Europe. Lovers of football won’t want to miss a visit to the stadium, San Siro, to explore the on-site museum and take a tour of the facility, which includes access to dressing rooms and the Tunnel of Champions.
Piazzale Angelo Moratti, 20151
+39 02 4042432
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