Going abroad with teenagers can be a great time for you to get to know more about your teenaged kids and their interest and passions. But how do you keep teenagers busy and happy while catering to the sightseeing needs of the whole family, including yourself? We’ve put together this list of some of the best attractions in Europe for younger people to give you a helping hand in planning your next holiday.
World-class Tennis, Cycling and Football in Paris, France
If your teenage offspring are more of the sporty type then there are plenty of sporting events in the city of Paris to keep them occupied while you go sightseeing. In October 2014 the ATP World Tour of masters tennis takes place in the city. You can see the contemporary heroes of tennis (think Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal) square off against each other in this high-stakes tournament.
The 2014 Tour de France kicks off in England this year for the first time ever and finishes at the Paris Champs Elysee on 27th of July–make sure your holiday coincides with this Sunday in order to give your kids a chance to watch the finish of this historic cycling tournament. If you want to get involved yourself then it’s easy to hire a bike in Paris and take advantage of the many pleasant cycling routes.
If your family are fans of European football then you can’t do better than watching home team Paris St Germain face off against the Spanish giants Real Madrid on the 2nd of January 2014. You will have to hurry if you want tickets to the matchup.
Tate Modern Gallery, London, England
Set in a commanding sugar factory building overlooking the river Thames, the Tate Modern gallery is a mecca for art lovers the world over. The gallery is extremely friendly to families with an accessible ethos and layout. Guides to the permanent art collections are always available and exhibitions tend to run with a great deal of published educational material.
If you have a teenage art student in your family then you simply have to take them here for a little inspiration and research. Later on you can continue to stroll along the bank side where you will encounter several of London’s most important arts institutions such Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the National Theatre, the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, and the British Film Institute, as well as the Royal Opera House.
You could easily spend a couple of days just exploring the South Bank area which is always alive with food markets and street performers. The South Bank is located a short walk from London hotels and Waterloo station.
Parliamentarium, Brussels, Belgium
If you have politics or law buffs in your family then you simply have to take them to the Parliamentarium exhibit while you are in Brussels. The museum is full of exciting interactive exhibits which chart the course of European history up to the formation of the European Union. When you’re done you can delve further into the past by visiting the Grand Palace, which is set in one of the city’s most historic mediaeval squares.
You might be surprised at how much your kids already know or how curious they are–no matter how cynical and grown up they might pretend to be. We hope you enjoy these ideas and that visiting one or two of these places will provide a great chance to bond with your teenagers over new experiences.
This article was written by Susan Varano, a freelance writer specialising in travel. Susan is well travelled and has reported on destinations from all around the world.
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