Finding age-appropriate teens entertainment while travelling is necessary because let’s face it, teenagers can be exhausting. Especially if they’re bored. Or hungry. Or tired. Okay, enough about my teenager, let’s find things to do for yours while in the Greater Victoria region.
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Not just for teenagers, this is one activity sure to please the entire family. There are basically two types of whale watching excursions. One is aboard a high speed zodiac or speedboat – perfect for the thrill seekers – expect to get wet! The advantage of this type of tour is that you can quickly scoot around the Southern Gulf Islands to locate the whale pods.
The other type is aboard a covered boat that offers room to get up and move around. These boats go slower and are more stable for guests with mobility concerns. They also usually have washrooms onboard. Get tickets now for popular whale and wildlife tours in Victoria here.
Mount Douglas Park (now officially known by its Indigenous name of PKOLS) in Saanich is unique in that it encompasses 21km of forested trails. Take an easy stroll along the beach or make it more strenuous with a hike to the summit at 225m above sea level. If hiking to the top is above your fitness level, you can drive up to the upper parking lot at 202m and hike up the remaining 23m to the summit. (I personally use walking/hiking poles to aid with stability). This is one of my favourite spots to take visitors because of the ability to drive up the majority of the way and there is still a terrific viewpoint from the parking area. A hike to the summit will reward you with a 360 degree panoramic view. Note that the park is open to vehicular traffic from noon until dusk daily.
Escape rooms are a fun entertainment concept where participants solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to figure out how to escape from a locked adventure room. These are ideal for teenagers to use their communication, listening, brainstorming and time management skills. Three most popular escape room businesses in Victoria are Victoria Escape Games, Quest Reality Games and Horror Escape.
Your teenager does not need to be a history buff to enjoy the surprisingly interesting tour of the Parliament Buildings. Through the free 45-minute tour you will discover the history of our province and learn about British Columbia’s parliamentary process. The up close look at the architecture is worth it alone. Wrap up your tour and head to the Parliamentary Dining Room for authentic west coast cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch; hours of operation change based on the schedule of the Legislative Assembly. Find details of tours here.
If your teens entertainment ideas include climbing, jumping and ziplining through nature, then head to Wildplay located at the Westshore Parks and Recreation complex. It’s basically an obstacle course, built into the trees with rope swings, cargo nets, tightropes, wobbly bridges and more. There are 2 courses - a shorter one for kids and one much higher in the trees for bigger kids and adults. So much fun! Learn more about Wildplay here.
If going on a salmon fishing charter is on your bucket list, there is no better place to check that one off then on your Victoria vacation. Reeling the big one in is thrilling for everyone, especially teenagers! For the most delicious salmon with an authentic west coast taste, be sure to get your hands on a tub of rub and cedar grilling planks. Have your fish shipped home and you'll be ready to enjoy it just like you would in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about fishing here.
If attending live sporting events fits your teens entertainment needs then you'll discover that Victoria has so many options covered. We’ve got rugby, lacrosse, baseball, football, hockey and professional soccer. Learn more about sports entertainment in Victoria here.
Have you ever seen a 600-year-old tree? You can at Goldstream Provincial Park, located just 16 km from downtown Victoria. The park is also home to beautiful waterfalls and a meandering river. Depending on the time of the year, you may be treated to the annual salmon run or eagle extravaganza. Go on your own or book a tour with a local guide.
Another endeavour for the active teen. Paintballing is definitely not for everyone – it can seriously hurt, and you have to be able to run over brush and around obstacles. But many people love the thrill, and from my experience – especially teen-aged boys!
Here's hoping these fun-filled teens entertainment options will give you plenty of ideas for your Victoria vacation.
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