Fort Lauderdale: Things to Do with Teenagers
If you have teenagers and are looking for some activities for them, take a look at all f these things that your teenagers can do on vacation in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you are looking for an educational destination, one filled with sports and shopping for the whole family, the perfect dining spots for kids or South Florida’s best family-friendly special events and packages, look no further than Greater Fort Lauderdale. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Museum of Discovery & Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Young at Art Children’s Museum is a great choice for the younger child, while Boomers will brighten your older child’s day. For the animal-lover and budding environmentalist, don’t miss a visit to the Everglades, Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens. Scooter, canoe, jet ski and other watersports are sure to thrill the family.
Take the kids and have a thrill ride at Boomers, an amusement park with a wooden rollercoaster that reaches speeds up to 55 miles per hour. You can also play “bumper boats,” try your hand at mini golf or climb a rock wall. The park is open late every night.
A Shopaholic’s Paradise
Watch your teenager’s eyes widen during a trip to the Galleria Mall , one of Florida’s biggest and most opulent malls. Or take them to Las Olas Boulevard , Fort Lauderdale’s shopping and dining center. Featuring brands on every teen’s must-have list and some they’ve only dreamed about, this Fort Lauderdale mall is one of the most crowd-pleasing things to do in Fort Lauderdale with teenagers. You can also pile your teens in the car for a trip down to South Beach to marvel at the too-beautiful-to-be-true cars, buildings, and (of course) people.
Games, Games and More Arcade Games
head over to Hollywood Beach for a walk along the Broadwalk and dinner at Dave & Buster’s, a family restaurant featuring arcade games aplenty. Mom and Dad can either relax while the kids play or join in the fun. Menu items run from cheeseburgers to char-grilled salmon, plus several chicken and seafood dishes. The place includes state-of-the-art virtual reality machines, arcade games and midway games with prizes.
Send Them Out on the Water
If you haven’t made it out on the water yet, it’s not really a Fort Lauderdale vacation. Nicknamed “the Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale is filled with water-based activities and transportation. Send your teens out on the Water Taxi for a safe and easy way of getting around Fort Lauderdale. The taxi runs on every day of the year (except Christmas) with a wide variety of potential stops and sightseeing locations. Lake Olas also has plenty of riverfront cruise options for you and your family to choose from.
Go Ghost Hunting
Test your teens’ bravery with a Fort Lauderdale ghost tour . This two hour walking tour takes you through some of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s most haunted sites. Even if you don’t see a ghost or ghoul, the history you’ll learn alone is worth the price of admission. Keep in mind that reservations are required and make sure your teens are wearing comfortable shoes; tottering high-heels won’t cut it on this walking tour.
Adventure World at the Trump Resort has just about every action-packed activity available in Fort Lauderdale in one location. Take a jet ski or kayak/canoe guided excursion around the Fort Lauderdale waterways. Your teens will jump at the chance to rent an electronic mountain bike that can race at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. Adventure World also rents out fishing charter boats if your teens are begging to go one-on-one with Florida fish. Finally, Adventure World rents out Segways (self-balanced electronic transportation devices built for one person) for a unique way to explore the city. Introductory Segway classes are included with the excursion price. You can also rent out wave runners and power boats on-site.
So Many Things to See and Do
There are enough things to do in Fort Lauderdale with teenagers to keep you and your family busy for months. Don’t forget all of Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful beaches, either!