Connecticut with Teens Last Updated 6/18

Planning a vacation or just a day out with the family can be made ten times more difficult if you’ve got a teenager to please. Whether they’re tweens growing out of kid’s stuff or full-blown teenagers with a driver’s license and an attitude, we asked a few of them to share some pain-free experiences that can help make any outing more fun for the whole family.

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Ages 10-12: No More Baby Stuff

Too big for baby rides but still too short for the real scary stuff? Pre-teens and tweens can still be thrilled with a visit to an amusement park. Bristol’s Lake Compounce and Middlebury’s Quassy Amusement and Waterpark both have water parks as well. Or, combine fun with adventure while playing the challenging course at Copper Creek Mini Golf in Montville. 

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More Ideas for Pre-Teens

An adventure park with indoor and outdoor activities, like Nomad’s Adventure Quest in South Windsor, can also entertain. For a little sweet fun, try touring PEZ factory in Orange, or sharing a monstrous milkshake at Bethel’s Cream & Sugar Café.

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Ages 13 to 15: “Too Cool” for Mom and Dad

At this age, they want to spend more time with their friends than their parents. But if you take them to Foxwoods, they will love hanging out in the Tree House Arcade or get a real thrill jumping off a 34-story building with the High Flyer zipline. (As a bonus, Foxwoods is also home to the Connecticut location of the Instagram-worthy, celebrity favorite Sugar Factory.)

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More Cool Ideas

For a day filled with outdoor fun, send them adventuring through the rock climbing, cliff jumping, ziplining, hiking and biking trails of Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland. Or spend a little time on the inside at an escape room like Escape New HavenMystified in Mystic or Pursue the Clues in Torrington.

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Ages 16 to 18: Taking on the World

They may be licensed drivers by now, but there’s nothing like letting loose on a race track like Supercharged in Montville. Or for a slower pace, they may want to relax with you at The Spa at Norwich Inn, which offers its own “teen spa” package

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A Little More Togetherness

Then again, there’s not quite adults yet, so don’t be surprised when they jump at the chance to go tubing down the Farmington river. Or re-join the family unit as you eat your way through Connecticut’s Pizza Trail. Discover more fun experiences perfect for everyone in the family, here.