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Outdoor Activities that Are Fantastic for Families with Teens

As your children enter their teenage years, you may be looking for ways to keep them active and engaged. Outdoor activities are a great way to do just that! Not only are they fun, but they also provide opportunities for families to spend time together. In this blog post, we will discuss six outdoor activities that are perfect for families with teens. Let’s get started!

Outdoor Activities that Are Fantastic for Families with Teens (like this family kayaking together).

1. Hiking

Hiking is a great way to get some exercise while also enjoying the beauty of nature. There are many different trails available, so you can find one that is perfect for your family. There are also plenty of opportunities for taking pictures and making memories.

Hiking is a great activity for families with teens because it provides plenty of opportunities for bonding and conversation. It’s also a great way to teach your teen about safety in the outdoors. You may enjoy watching for wild animal, birds, particular plants or special rocks while hiking (bring along binoculars and a field guide to help).

Five kids hiking together with their backpacks on.

If your teen is a reluctant hiker, find ways to motivate him or her to join the family. We often plan hikes with other family friends who enjoy also enjoy hiking. Hiking to a super scenic location like a lake to swim in or an awesome waterfall to watch can also be motivating. And, of course, snacks always help. My dad used to motivate my brothers and I with chocolate covered almonds. Find out what food will get your teen hiking and stock up on it!

If you’re looking for something more challenging, you can even try outdoor rock climbing or rappelling. These activities are sure to get your heart pumping and provide an adrenalin rush. Just be sure to take the proper safety precautions before attempting them.

2. Gel ball undercover

This is a newfangled activity that is becoming increasingly popular. It is a cross between tag and paintball, without the mess of paint. You can play in teams or every person for themselves. There are different games you can play like capture the flag or zombie apocalypse. This is a great activity to do with friends or family.

Finding the latest Gel Blasters is not difficult; just search online and you will find what suits your needs. Gel ball game requires teamwork and strategy, so it’s perfect for families with teens who are looking for something more challenging than your average game of tag. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

3. Bike riding

Biking is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. It’s also a relatively low-cost activity since you probably already have bikes that your family can use. If not, they can easily be rented from a local bike shop.

There are many different trails available for biking (just like hiking), so you can find one that is perfect for your family’s skill level. I like using the AllTrails app to look up trails for us, depending on where we want to bike. Biking is a great activity for families with teens because it provides an opportunity for quality time together while also getting some exercise. Just be sure to wear helmets and follow the rules of the road.

4 girls looking around on their 4-km bike ride along the West Dyke Trail.

4. Camping

Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and make memories together. There are many different types of camping, so you can find one that is perfect for your family. For example, if you have teens who are interested in fishing, mountain biking or hiking, there are campsites that offer those activities. We usually pair camping with hiking, swimming, and canoeing.

Camping is a great activity for families with teens because it allows everyone to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty of nature. Just be sure to pack all of the necessary supplies before heading out on your camping trip.

Our campsite at Chilliwack Lake Campground, with our tent, picnic canopy, and sun shelter.

5. Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to get out on the water and enjoy the scenery. It’s also a great workout! And just like biking or hiking, there are also many different kayaking trails available, so you can plan a route instead of just paddling in circles. Kids who don’t like hiking or biking may find that paddling offers a different type of exercise that suits them better. Just be sure to wear life jackets and follow the rules of the road.

Other options include canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding. Each has a slightly different style of moving about water so you could try them all to find which one you prefer before buying your own gear.

Additionally, if you’re looking for something more challenging, you can try whitewater rafting or kayaking. This is sure to get your heart pumping and provide an adrenalin rush. Again, just be sure to take the proper safety precautions before attempting it.

6. Geocaching

Geocaching is a great way to explore your surroundings. It’s also a perfect opportunity to bond as a family. Geocaching is a great activity for families with teens because it allows everyone to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty of nature. Just be sure to pack all of the necessary supplies before heading out on your geocaching adventure.

You can even make it more challenging by trying to find caches that are hidden in difficult-to-reach places. This is sure to get your heart pumping and provide an adrenalin rush. Again, just be sure to take the proper safety precautions before attempting it.

Outdoor Activities that Are Fantastic for Families with Teens, Photo by Tegan Mierle on Unsplash

These are just a few of the many outdoor activities that are perfect for families with teens. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather! Just be sure to take the proper safety precautions and have fun!

What outdoor activities do you enjoy with your family? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!

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