Teenagers are easily bored and like to be kept busy at all times, which can be tiring for you and make holiday destination choices critical. If you are looking for a fun packed holiday that will keep them happy then Orlando, Florida is one of the greatest destinations in the world, with something for all ages and almost too many things to do. Not only is Orlando nicknamed the “theme park capital of the world” but it also has much more to offer alongside the obvious attractions.
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Downtown Disney & Pleasure Island
The House of Blues at Downtown Disney’s West Side provides live music that teens can sit on the front porch and enjoy for the price of a drink or two. House of Blues also occasionally has “teen nights” for ages 14+ which are great fun for all the family. Pleasure Island boasts fantastic shopping and dining experiences with evening entertainment both outside and indoors.
If you fancy time out from theme parks and crowds then you should definitely take a wild ride on a Boggy Creek airboat. Airboat rides are family friendly and allow you to experience Florida gators in their natural habitat. Boggy Creek Airboats are the closest airboat ride to the Orlando attraction area, so you won’t have to go too far for this unique experience.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney World is usually a winning choice for all the family however Disney’s Hollywood Studios in particular is very good for teens, with a good variety of more adult rides such as the “Tower of Terror” and the “Rockin’ Rollercoaster”. The “behind-the-scenes” theme is exciting, with live action shows and backstage tours.
Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are in general more teen and adult friendly than the Disney parks, with bigger, faster rides and more adult shows. Islands of Adventure is home to Harry Potter World, which is an absolute must for any Potter-mad teen! If you are visiting between September and November then be sure to get tickets for “Halloween Horror Nights” which are terrifyingly good fun for brave teens and adults – although not recommended for children.
A day at a water park is always a good choice for teens and Orlando has many to offer, from Wet ‘n’ Wild to Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Seaworld’s Aquatica is a fairly new addition to the Orlando water park scene and great fun for all the family allowing you to get up close and personal with some outstanding wildlife as well as enjoy the rides.
SeaWorld & Discovery Cove
SeaWorld is fantastic for all ages offering exotic wildlife shows, wild rides and even the opportunity to pet a dolphin. Its sister park, Discovery Cove offers a “trainer for the day” programme that will cost more than a standard ticket, but allows you to get close to stunning creatures such as Beluga Whales and experience what this “dream job” entails.
There are many fantastic places to dine in Orlando, but Planet Hollywood or the Hard Rock Café are both great options for teens with an exciting atmosphere and great menu. The Hard Rock Café offers great music, whilst Planet Hollywood is packed full of celebrity memorabilia so you’ll feel like a rock star.
Hard Rock gigs
Next door to the Hard Rock Café is Hard Rock Live, a venue stop for many well-known musicians with live music almost every night. Keep an eye on the website for upcoming gigs as this venue is fairly intimate and a great way to experience your favourite music. There are also tribute nights, where you can hear your favourite albums such as “Dark Side of the moon” live.
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