Cornwall is well known as a hot spot for family holidays and is full of attractions to take younger children to, but did you know just how much there is to keep the teenagers happy in Cornwall?
Here’s a list of twenty suggestions of activities to do with teenagers in Cornwall. Post contains a collaborative link*.
Stand up paddle boarding and other watersports
There are loads of places in Cornwall to pay to use a paddle board and to learn to sail and more. If you’d prefer your teenager to try paddle boarding and other water sports on a lake rather than in the sea, then South West Lakes near to Bodmin is a great place to try. They do stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and more.
Flow rider and aqua parks
There is the flow rider at Retallack Resort and they also have a brilliant Aqua Park with inflatable slides/assault course and more in the water. There are also aqua parks at Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard and Kernow Adventure Park near Penryn
If your teenager is into skating or scooting… scootering – (one of those is right I’m sure ha) then they’ll love the Mount Hawke Skate park near to Mount Hawke and the Newquay Skate park. There are other indoors and outdoor skate parks around Cornwall as well. Scooters are also perfect for convincing teenagers to go for a walk with you too, you can get ready for this with *Skatehut who sell very reasonably priced scooters for the whole family including kids scooters.
Adrenaline Quarry not only has the aqua park, but it also has all sorts of activities that teenagers will love including a giant swing, zip wire, karting, axe throwing, coasteering, wild swimming and more.
Learn to surf
I’ve included surfing separately from the other watersports, as surfing is such a big thing in Cornwall. There are surf schools all around the coast, with training sessions for total beginners and more advanced surfers. You’re also never far from somewhere to buy a wetsuit, body board or surf board in Cornwall.
You can play football golf in St Austell at Cornwall Football Golf and in Newquay at Newquay Football Golf . At Atlantic Reach, Holywell Bay Fun Park, Wheal Dream in Helston and more. It really seems to be popular in Cornwall and both my Tween and Teenager really like it.
You can take boat trips from lots of seaside villages and towns in Cornwall. From small ferries to fishing trips and wildlife safaris, there are lots of options. On the wildlife safari boat trips, you can sometimes see dolphins, basking sharks and seals.
Hangloose at the Eden Project has England’s fastest and longest zip wire, a sky wire, giant swing and more.
The Camel Trail in Cornwall is great for long bike rides and there are so many more great places to ride including Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods which both have great cycle trails. There’s a list with more information on Cornwall cycle trails on the Cornwall Council website.
Holywell Bay Fun Park
Not only does Holywell Bay Fun Park have football golf, it also has crazy golf, go karts, blaster boats, soft play (in case the teens have smaller family members with them), an arcade and lots more there. **Sadly this has been closed down now, but there will be crazy golf there in the future.
Oasis Fun Pool and other swimming pools
If your teen loves to swim, then the Oasis Fun Pool at Hendra holiday park has slides to add to the fun, or the Jubilee pool in Penzance or the Bude sea pool can provide some fun outdoor swimming.
Climb Brown Willy and Roughtor
Brown Willy is the highest point in Cornwall and the silly name will likely appeal to teens ha! It is quite a trek, but it’s something that you can do as a family and feel a real sense of achievement at the top. Not to mention they can brag about it on social media.
For something really different, why not try out a segway in Cornwall? Cornwall Segway at Goonhilly are meant to be great.
Ten pin bowling or the cinema
Both of these are things that you can do at home obviously, but if you’re stuck for ideas to amuse the teens, then bowling or the cinema are handy options.
When I was a teenager we went on a horse ride along the Gannel river in Newquay and it was a lot of fun. Researching local riding stables to see who provides riding for beginners could be fun for all of the family. Plus if you’ve ridden before, you might even be able to find somewhere that will let you ride on the beach.
St Nectans Glen and other Instagram fodder
If your teenager is a fan of Instagram and or nature, then they will love St Nectans Glen, Bedruthan Steps and all sorts of other photogenic places in Cornwall. An ‘Instagram walk’ is a good way to get your teenager out in the fresh air with you.
Paint balling/laser tag
You can paintball or laser tag in lots of places in Cornwall, the best place that we have experience of for this is Big Dunk’s paintball between Wadebridge and Camelford.
There are a few places to try zorbing in Cornwall, including zorbing in Bude.
Do you have any other suggestions of activities for teens in Cornwall? Feel free to comment below if so!