While Orlando is known as a kid’s paradise, the resort town also provides plenty of activities for teenagers that will be fun, memorable, and even educational. There are so many attractions in Orlando that it’s not hard to find something teens can get excited about. Follow my guide to things to do in Orlando with teenagers to ensure your family stays entertained.
Teens can get up close to fascinating sea life at Sea World. As they make their way through an underwater tunnel that travels through a shark tank, they’ll see a variety of wild life; feel sting rays in a touch tank, and view killer whales from an underwater room.
2) Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove, the marine life park adjacent to Sea World gives teens the chance to swim with dolphins and snorkel in a pool of tropical fish while learning all about native wildlife.
Visit the 110-acre Gatorland, home to alligators, crocodiles, extremely rare “white” alligators, a petting zoo and a thrilling Zip Line adventure with breathtaking views at 1,200 feet. It’s just one of the things to do in Orlando with teenagers that’s guaranteed a two thumbs up approval rating!
4) Universal Orlando Resort
Plenty of teen-friendly thrill rides are on hand at Universal Orlando, which is divided into two separate parks adjacent to each other: Universal Studios is like visiting a movie studio complete with “character” sightings and high-tech simulators. It’s home to such movie-themed attractions as Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, an indoor roller coaster; Men in Black: Alien Attack, a dark ride with laser tag-elements; and motion simulator rides based on “The Simpsons,” “Shrek” and “Despicable Me.”
Islands of Adventure, the resort’s other park, is one of Orlando’s best destinations for thrill-seeking teens. What teen doesn’t love Harry Potter? The whole family can enjoy an entire section dedicated to the “Harry Potter” franchise–The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The park also features Marvel Superhero Island with a Hulk themed roller coaster and a Spider Man 3-D ride.
5) Disney World Theme Parks
For some high speed adventure Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom have rides that appeal to teenagers like the massive free-fall drops on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster with Aerosmith, the revamped Star Tours ride, themed after the famous movie franchise, “Star Wars” and have fun on high-speed adventures on Big Thunder Mountain railroad, and Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.
6) K1 Speed
Teens take to the road at K1 Speed, an indoor go-kart race track with sharp turns. They can drive an adult kart that reaches speeds of up to 50 miles per hour if they are at least 56 inches tall. Parents or guardians must sign waivers before teens under 18 can drive a kart.
WhirlyBall is an unusual sport, often dubbed a mix between basketball, hockey and lacrosse, and played on an indoor court while driving a bumper car. The sport is open to visitors age 12 and over, or those measuring at least 4 feet and 6 inches.
8) Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is a buccaneer-themed miniature golf course outfitted with waterfalls, dungeons and pirate ships. Watch out for the cannon that fires intermittently as you play on one of the two 18-hole courses.
9) Disney World Water Parks
Cool off at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, both of which are part of Walt Disney World. Teens can kick back on the 3,000-foot-long lazy river at Blizzard Beach as they float through lush forests and polar ice caves. Typhoon Lagoon offers such attractions as Humunga Kowabunga, three five-story racing slides, and the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, a wave pool with six-foot swells.
10) Wet ‘n Wild Orlando
Wet ‘n Wild Orlando is a large water park with rides such as Disco H20, a four-person raft waterslide where the interior comes alive with disco music, a disco ball and flashing lights.
11) Aquatica Orlando
Teens can take the Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica Orlando where they’ll fly through enclosed slides and a pool filled with dolphins, or ride with their friends through the dark on Walhalla Wave, a raft slide through enclosed flumes.
12) Disney Springs
If teens really like things lively, they’ll discover that Disney World isn’t all kid stuff at the Disney Springs, an outdoor pedestrian-only thoroughfare dotted with unique shops, world-class restaurants, and dazzling entertainment. The Landing, West Side, Market Place and Town Center all add fun to the mix. Your teens can shop in the world’s largest Disney store, dine amid prehistoric creatures, and even have some fun bowling a game at the 30-lane alley, Splitsville.
Things to do in Orlando with teenagers can also be chill. If your teens want to sit back and relax, they can catch a movie in the AMC Dine-In Theater. Reserve seats and a waiter will bring you everything from popcorn to burgers!
Young adults can spend the afternoon feeling chic at the Mall at Millenia, an upscale, two-story indoor mall with more than 145 shops and restaurants, including clothing and jewelry stores geared toward teenagers. Teens can also recharge their cell phones at the complimentary charging station outside the food park.