While we’ve discussed outdoor adventures in Texas for families with small kids before, we also realize that many families have teenagers to entertain. Here are a few activities around the Lone Star State that should tear them away from their most beloved of digital devices.
1) Get Artsy!
- SiNaCa is a glass art school and gallery. Teenagers 14 years and older can take workshops in glassblowing, kiln forming, and flame work.
- Hope is one of the largest outdoor galleries for street art in the country. It offers artists of all ages the opportunity to contribute their own pieces to the walls for others to visit. Just make sure to contact HOPE before you visit to get permission to paint. The multi-story facility is constantly changing and is a great place even for the non-artistic members of your family to visit.
2) Get Skating!
If you have some daredevils in your family who like sidewalk surfin’, Texas has a huge number of skateparks you can visit to catch some air. You can search for your nearest park using Concrete Disciples, but we recommend the following three:
- Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark in Houston, TX
- The Skate Facility at Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio, TX
- The Edge at Allen Station Park in Allen ,TX
3) Get Flying!
If a skateboard is not your teen’s favored way to catch air, then perhaps Zero Gravity in Dallas is more their style. This theme park offers a variety of extreme rides including bungee jumping and a skyscraper ride that takes you to an incredible 4Gs of force!
For additional indoor skydiving opportunities, the folks at iFly have five different locations around the Lone Star State: Austin, Dallas, Houston (The Woodlands), Houston (Memorial), and San Antonio (coming soon).
4) Get Exploring!
If exploring the outdoors is more your family’s speed (and that of your teens) then consider a trip on the Devils River State Natural Area in Del Rio (150 miles west of San Antonio). There are so many activities available from horseback riding, fishing, and hiking – and all the way to a multi-day kayaking adventure.
Please call Texas Parks and Wildlife to make sure you are aware of all the rules and know all the permits necessary for your trip.
Whatever you and your teens enjoy, just know that Texas offers many outdoor adventures to keep the entire family happy.