7 Orlando Outings Your Teen Will Love
June 04, 2019
During the school year, your child’s weekday schedule becomes routine—a full day of classes followed by after-school sports, extracurricular activities and homework fill the remainder of the evening. Adjusting to the new availability of the summer season can become a challenge for many parents, and a household with teenagers can sometimes be difficult to accommodate. But living in the suburbs of a big city has its perks. Here are a few fun things to do with your teen this summer, from local finds to tourist favorites.
Grab the family and bask in the sun at Wekiva Island, where you can rinse away your sweat as fast as you’ve worked it up. Lounge in a tube and float with the natural current or rent equipment on site and set off on a kayaking, canoeing or paddle-boarding excursion with your teen. The year-round water temperature of 72 degrees is sure to offer a cooling contrast to the searing 100 degrees of the Florida heat. And don’t forget your sunscreen!
Local Farmer’s Market
Skip the mall this summer and take your teen on the local route to a community farmers market. Get acquainted with your neighborhood artists and farmers, and inquire a taste of local fare as you stroll through small shops embellished with seasonal fresh produce, hand-crafted jewelry and decadent treats. Explore the many local farmers markets of Seminole County or venture to the heart of Orlando to enjoy a beautiful backdrop of Lake Eola while you browse. This outing is one the whole family can get behind—and with many of them being pet friendly, your furry friends can tag along too.
SAK Comedy Lab
There’s nothing better than a good belly laugh, and SAK Comedy Lab will have your family’s sides cramping by the end of each show. This comedy lab delivers raw talent and comical entertainment through improv skits similar to popular TV shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “Saturday Night Live.” SAK Comedy Lab puts the audience in the driver’s seat by giving them the upper hand in skit suggestions and bringing lucky members to the stage for some interactive fun. As a 250-seat venue in the heart of Orlando, SAK has grown to be one of the largest theaters and training centers for improvisation in the Southeast.
The Escape Room
Challenge your teen to strap on their thinking caps outside the classroom this summer with this adrenaline rushing, problem solving adventure. The Escape Room invites your teen to think outside the box with themed escape rooms, including launching a spaceship to Mars, hunting for gold in the hills of Northern California, or unraveling the mystery to a stolen art gallery masterpiece. Given only 60 minutes to crack the code to each puzzle, you’ll be sure to keep your teen on their toes from start to finish.
One of the popular perks of living in Orlando is the theme parks that reside in your backyard. Skip the Mickey Mouse ears this summer and immerse your teen in the thrill of roller coasters, fire-packed shows and water parks at Universal Studios. With 4D rides and simulating experiences, your teen will feel engulfed in their favorite movies and shows. And the fun doesn’t have to subside after one visit—invest in an annual pass at a discounted rate for year-round fun for the kids.
A unique outing doesn’t have to be limited to just outdoor fun. Satisfy your teen’s sweet tooth and pair it with a unique twist at the Sugar Factory. Located on International Drive, this upscale restaurant serves colorful sweet drinks topped with candy accessories, sparklers and a smoky touch. Name aside, the Sugar Factory serves more than just dessert—stop by for lunch or a late-night treat and indulge in burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. For added fun, book a ticket to the Orlando Eye next door and get acquainted with your hometown on a next-level view—400 feet above ground.
Schedule a Summer Tour at Lake Mary Prep
While it’s easy to get carried away in summer fun, it’s also important to plan ahead for the upcoming school year. Lake Mary Prep offers school tours and enrollment during the summer season for Pre-K3 through 12th grade. Schedule your tour, and come explore the school campus, meet the staff and find out how you can enroll your child in our college preparatory program, where they have the opportunity to excel in academics, arts, athletics and more.