Incredible Vacation Ideas for Families with Teenagers

Plum Guide selects our top destinations for a family vacation with teenagers

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A family of parents and teenagers running into the sea at sunset

Are you looking for family vacation ideas with teenagers to keep the whole family entertained? If you have teens in the house, look no further - we here at Plum Guide have got you covered. We've put out expert heads together to search the globe for the best destinations for vacations with teenagers, and curated this comprehensive guide as a result. From relaxing beach getaways to adrenaline-pumping adventure trips, we've got something for everyone, so read on to discover your families ideal holiday spot.

1. San Diego, California, USA

A view of skyscrapers and buildings in the city lit up at night reflecting in a large river, San Diego, USA

A view of skyscrapers and buildings in the city lit up at night reflecting in a large river, San Diego, USA

70 miles of coastline means sun worshippers can discover the city by hopping their way around the serene beaches - a Plum Guide favourite would be the mile-long La Jolla Shores beach. The Underwater Park offshore creates unique opportunities for teens to enjoy water sports, so let the kids rip curls while you sunbathe and relax. You might even see the annual aggregation of leopard sharks - it's not uncommon for them to swim near you in knee-deep water (don't worry, they're harmless). Why not take the family on a self-guided street art tour back on shore? Other unmissable attractions include the San Diego Zoo, the Air & Space Museum, the Automotive Museum, and the Comic-Con Museum.

Fisherman's Knot, Plum Guide home in San Diego, USA

Fisherman's Knot, Plum Guide home in San Diego, USA

2. Paris, France

A view of the Eiffel Tower next to green trees by a boat on the River Seine, Paris, France

A view of the Eiffel Tower next to green trees by a boat on the River Seine, Paris, France

What teenager doesn't dream of visiting the City of Love? Paris has it all, from world-famous museums and art galleries to some of the best fashion boutiques. While your teens are shopping up a storm on the Champs-Élysées, treat yourself to a spot of people-watching in one of the city's many parks. In between shopping and sightseeing, make sure you leave time for a family picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. And if you're here during the summer, don't miss out on a trip to Disneyland Paris - it's guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone.

The Brigitte, Plum Guide home in Paris, France

The Brigitte, Plum Guide home in Paris, France

3. Cape Town, South Africa

A low-angle view of two cable cars on a zip-line connected to Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

A low-angle view of two cable cars on a zip-line connected to Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a vibrant city, with a diverse culture and countless things to see and do. From remarkable beaches to world-class restaurants, the whole family will discover something to enjoy, making it an ideal spot for your holiday with the teens. Thrill-seekers should spend half a day hiking Lion's Head peak, or if you're looking for something a little more relaxed, take a stroll through one of the many gardens- visiting the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a great choice. For the ultimate Cape Town experience, take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.

4. Brighton, UK

Striped deck chairs on the pebbles at Brighton Beach by the pier, Brighton, England, UK

Striped deck chairs on the pebbles at Brighton Beach by the pier, Brighton, England, UK

The seaside town of Brighton is the perfect place for summer vacations with teenagers. With its pebbly beach, funfair rides, and quaint shops, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy. For the thrill-seekers, discover Brighton Pier. If you're looking for something a little more relaxed, take a stroll along the promenade, or settle down on the beach with a book. When it comes to food, Brighton has a lot to offer - you'll be spoilt for choice, from traditional fish and chips to delicious ice cream. And, of course, no visit to Brighton would be complete without trying a freshly made doughnut from a seafront stall. Exploring The Lanes is also an absolute must - this collection of alleyways is famous for its small, independent, and quirky shops, including several purveyors of antiquities.

Maison Riveria, Plum Guide home in Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Maison Riveria, Plum Guide home in Brighton, East Sussex, UK

5. Lisbon, Portugal

A yellow tram driving through the city in front of a statue on a sunny day, Lisbon, Portugal

A yellow tram driving through the city in front of a statue on a sunny day, Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a city with something for everyone - its historic buildings, cobbled streets, and unforgettable views make it the perfect place for a family vacation. For those who want to explore the city, the Castle of Sao Jorge is a must-see, as is the Jeronimos Monastery. If you're looking for something a little more active, why not hike up one of Lisbon's many hills? The views from the top are breathtaking. When it comes to food, Lisbon has a lot to offer, from fresh seafood to delicious pastries - you'll be spoilt for choice. And, of course, no visit to Lisbon would be complete without trying a traditional Pastel de nata.

Diamonds in the Sky, Plum Guide home in Lisbon, Portugal

Diamonds in the Sky, Plum Guide home in Lisbon, Portugal

6. Maldives

A wooden footpath in the clear blue sea at a beach by a brown building and green palm trees, Maldives

A wooden footpath in the clear blue sea at a beach by a brown building and green palm trees, Maldives

The Maldives is an archipelago of over 1,000 coral islands in the Indian Ocean. It's a place where natural beauty meets luxury, making it the perfect destination for families with teenagers looking for a peaceful vacation. Plenty of activities keep everyone entertained, from snorkelling and scuba diving to fishing and kayaking. The Maldives is a wonderful place to learn about conservation, from coral reforestation to rehabilitating endangered sea turtles. And if you want to stay dry, you can always go on a dolphin safari, or enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride. For those interested in culture, the Maldives is home to some fascinating traditional buildings, including the Grand Friday Mosque and the Old Friday Mosque. You can even learn about the local way of life at the National Museum.

7. Reykjavik, Iceland

An aerial view of buildings and a church tower in front of distant snow-capped mountains in Reykjavik, Iceland

An aerial view of buildings and a church tower in front of distant snow-capped mountains in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the world's most northerly capital, and is home to some of the most eye-catching scenery. Iceland is a nature-lover's paradise, with glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls on offer everywhere you look. If you're looking for an adventure, there is an array of epic activities, from hiking and biking to kayaking and horse riding. And for the ultimate thrill, why not try glacier walking, or ice climbing?

8. Barbados

An aerial view of clear white sand a bright blue water at Crane Beach, Barbados

An aerial view of clear white sand a bright blue water at Crane Beach, Barbados

Barbados is a captivating island in the Caribbean, with an abundance of things to see and do. There's no shortage of beauty here, from the white sandy beaches to the clear blue waters. And for those of you after a little more adventure, there are countless thrill to experience, from surfing and windsurfing to snorkelling and scuba diving. The teenagers might even put their phones down for a bit - we know, that's quite a bold statement. But Barbados will capture the imagination of everyone.

Life Is But A Breeze, Plum Guide home in Barbados

Life Is But A Breeze, Plum Guide home in Barbados

9. Majorca, Spain

A narrow street with rows of cottages and colourful plants, Majorca, Spain

A narrow street with rows of cottages and colourful plants, Majorca, Spain

Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and one of the most popular destinations for vacations with teenagers in Europe. Its picturesque beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush vegetation make it easy to see why. Majorca is also an excellent place for families,with entertaining options around every corner. From water parks and go-karting to boat trips and hiking, there truly is something for everyone in this part of the Mediterranean. And, of course, no visit to Majorca would be complete without spending some time on the beach - so don't forget to pack the matkot set.

The Tree of Life, Plum Guide home in Majorca, Spain

The Tree of Life, Plum Guide home in Majorca, Spain

10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Colourful pillars and steps by a large gold statue at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Colourful pillars and steps by a large gold statue at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is a fusion of the old and new, where you can shop for designer brands one minute and haggle for trinkets at a local market the next. This city has everything - from luxury malls to traditional bazaars, you'll always find something to suit your taste. When it comes to food, Kuala Lumpur will not disappoint - you'll be spoilt for choice with a range of cuisines on offer. Be sure to try the national dish, nasi lemak - a fragrant rice dish served with coconut milk, anchovies, peanuts, and eggs. Visit the iconic Petronas Towers, and hike the Batu Caves - a 400 million-year-old limestone wonder. After a day of exploring, relax in one of our luxurious apartments overlooking the skyline, or kick back in a beautiful villa surrounded by nature.

11. Rome, Italy

The Roman Pantheon behind a large fountain in Rome, Italy

The Roman Pantheon behind a large fountain in Rome, Italy

Rome is a city steeped in history, culture, and art. With its ancient ruins, world-famous museums, and delicious food, it's no wonder Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Families with teenagers won't struggle to keep everyone entertained, either. Visit the Vatican City and see the Sistine Chapel, embark on a tour of the Colosseum, or take a day trip to explore the ruins of Pompeii. Alternatively, if you're looking for something more low-key, stroll through one of Rome's picturesque parks, or enjoy some gelato while people-watching at a local café. No matter what you're looking for, you'll find it in Rome.

Draped In White, Plum Guide home in Rome, Italy

Draped In White, Plum Guide home in Rome, Italy

12. Helsinki, Finland

A view of the red bricks and blue spires of Uspenski Cathedral on a sunny day, Helsinki, Finland

A view of the red bricks and blue spires of Uspenski Cathedral on a sunny day, Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, and a city bursting with things to see and do. From its eye-catching architecture and design to its many parks and museums, you'll enjoy a more than memorable trip out here. If you're looking for an adventure, take a hike up Suomenlinna, an island fortress just a short ferry ride from the city centre. Or why not try your hand at ice fishing? Helsinki is also home to several world-class restaurants, so be sure to try some delicious local cuisine.

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