Going on vacation with teenagers isn’t always as easy as it sounds, and that’s without adjusting for moodiness or the uncool vibe you project as parents. Teens can’t get into adult attractions, yet those meant for younger kids are far too boring. Fortunately, Ocean City has plenty for teens to do to keep them entertained, off their phones, and enjoying the experience.
Jet Boat Rides
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There probably isn’t a teenager alive who doesn’t love to experience some kind of a thrill, and that’s just what you’ll get with a jet boat ride in Ocean City. With speeds reaching 60 mph, jet boats give a rush and exciting ride while also providing a stunning view of Ocean City. Most of these tour companies offer rides between 45 minutes and an hour, but your teen will certainly speak of it hours later, even if it’s not to thank you for the journey.
7th Street Surf Lessons
For over 30 years, 7th Street Surf Shop has been the place to go in Ocean City for all things surf. However, a surfboard and surf gear don’t do you much good if you don’t know how to conquer the waves. At 7th Street Surf Shop, your teen can get one-on-one lessons with some of the finest instructors in the industry. A one-time only lesson is $60 for an hour of instruction and half-hour of practice time. If your teen ends up loving it, opt for the $275 surf camp that runs from Monday through Friday. At the end, your teen might be able to hang ten!
If you opt for the surf camp, book a room in Ocean City on Hotel Planner that’s close enough that your teenager can head down to the activities solo. At the least, it’s one less thing you have to think about.
OC Waterpark is another superb choice for teens, not only because of the awesome waterslides and mini golf, but also because your kids can take a break from the family and spend some time on their own. The water features here include several waterslides, a wave pool, and a lazy river that are enough fun to last a few hours. Mini golf and a concession stand are also available if your teen is feeling famished or competitive.
Jersey Shore Boardwalk
When you and your teenagers want a few hours of separation, give them some cash and send them down to the Jersey Shore Boardwalk. Extending from Sixth Street to 14th Street, this boardwalk has plenty to do no matter what time of year you’re visiting Ocean City. With arcades, restaurants, shopping, and street performers, your teen is sure to have a great time and wholesome fun without your supervision.
Just because your schedule and interests don’t line up with your teenagers’ idea of an awesome vacation, don’t let it put a damper on the situation. By letting them sleep in, eat to their heart’s desire, and enjoy these Ocean City attractions, you’ve assured yourself of a fun, drama-free vacation.