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Summer vacation ideas for teens

Families can enjoy live shows at all-ages venues,

Families can enjoy live shows at all-ages venues, including House of Blues in New Orleans. Photo Credit: Alamy / Irene Abdou

Summer vacation time isn’t that far off. If you’re looking to travel with your teen, here are four reasons to start planning now.

1. YOUR TEEN MAY RELISH THE REWARDS OF UNPLUGGING Once there are no Snapchats to send or sports scores to review, the conversation between you and your teen may flow. Buckle up your personal flotation devices and share the thrill of a trip down Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River, where trout are plentiful, hot springs provide a welcome warm-up, and frothy rapids get the adrenaline pumping. Share stories around the campfire and catch the star-filled show overhead.


2. YOUR TEEN MAY BE STRESSED With colleges and careers to consider, why not relax old-school style? Head to southern Maine’s Migis Lodge on the shores of Sebago Lake, where families have been bonding since 1916. Swim, paddle, float, ski or sail by day. Then, gather for a lobster or clambake before settling in for a fireside game night in your cozy cottage.


3. YOUR TEEN IS CURIOUS Looking for some new places to explore? A textured city like New Orleans offers rich cultural, historical and adventurous outings. Check out the spooky vampire and haunted house tours or visit compelling movie sets. Sample new styles of music in all-age venues like House of Blues or Preservation Hall. Stir up some spice-filled fun in a Cajun cooking class before testing your skills in an Audubon Institute ropes course.


4. YOUR TEEN WILL BE GONE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT You’ll be moving your fledgling adult into a dorm or apartment in no time. So for now, pack your suits and sunscreen, and enjoy quality island time. In Hawaii, explore torch-lit paths, indigenous birds and flora, and a luau at the Big Island’s Hilton Waikoloa Village. Dig in for toes-in-the-sand dining and hula dancing on Kauai, snorkel on Maui, or surf and swim while relaxing on Oahu.


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