Activities that’ll earn your teen’s approval, and not an eye-roll.
Looking for fun activities that you can enjoy with teenagers?
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Wondering what to include in your plan for a day out in Sydney with your teenage children?
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Incredible Sydney experiences to enjoy with your teens
Finding things to do with teenagers in Sydney can be challenging, especially if you're looking to avoid the famous eye roll.
However, as a venue that frequently hosts teenagers' birthday parties, we do have some insight into what kind of experiences they're looking for.
Here are the best teenager-friendly activities in and around Sydney, including some very thrilling experiences.
WILD LIFE Zoo
Fancy your teenager as a young and upcoming David Attenborough? Then you should take them to the WILD LIFE Zoo on your next day out in Sydney.
Located in the heart of the city, the zoo is home to everything from koalas and crocodiles to wallabies, wombats, and Tasmanian devils.
Teenagers will love snapping selfies with the koalas and getting up close and personal (well, sort of) with Rocky, the Saltwater Crocodile.
The zoo also offers educational programs about Australian wildlife, making it a great opportunity for your kids to learn about Australia's wildlife.
And with Sydney's beautiful harbour as a backdrop, it's an experience you won't want to miss.
Are outside food and drinks allowed inside the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo? Unfortunately not. Head to their on-site Koala Cafe for hot drinks and to-go snacks.
SEA LIFE Aquarium
Are your kids interested in sea life? Then you know where to take them on the weekend - the SEA LIFE Aquarium.
This world-famous aquarium is filled with over 650 species of marine life, including penguins, sharks, stingrays, and the fleet-footed dugong.
You can go on the penguin boat ride, hand-feed dolphins, and walk through the exhibit tunnels with sharks and sting rays right next to you!
We hear the sea cow is worth a visit (especially if you have no idea what a sea cow is!) too.
How long does it take to go around the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium? Expect to spend between one and a half to two hours there.
Entermission VR Escape Rooms (that’s us!)
Looking for a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping adventure that your teens will be absolutely blown away by?
Book a VR escape room adventure with us - Sydney’s premier VR escape room.
Choose from a range of Virtual Reality experiences that are perfect for thrill-seekers.
From investigating possible paranormal activity in an old house to following the White Rabbit into Alice’s Wonderland and teaming up to neutralize a terror threat in a highrise building, this is the perfect way for teenagers to live through some of the experiences they dream about.
We are Sydney’s ONLY party venue with VR hand-tracking and real-life special effects - which means highly immersive adventures.
When is Entermission Sydney open? We’re open 11:30 am - 8:15 pm Monday to Thursday, and 10:45 am - 10:00 pm Friday to Sunday.
Located just a short ride from the city centre, Taronga Zoo is a perfect activity for teenage kids.
The zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, including koalas, seals, platypi, and Sumatran tigers.
They offer numerous opportunities to learn about the animals and their habitats.
In addition, the zoo offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding area.
Whether you're looking for an educational activity or simply a fun day out, Taronga Zoo is sure to impress.
Pro tip: Take the ferry on your way back, and catch stunning views of the Opera House.
How long does a tour of the entire Taronga Zoo take? You can expect a full walking tour to take up to 3 hours.
This well-known amusement park is one of our most iconic attractions, and it's a great place to visit with teens.
The park is home to a number of thrilling rides, including the Ferris wheel and the Wild Mouse roller coaster.
From trials of strength at the Hi Striker to tests of balance inside the Barrels of Fun and getting lost inside the Mirror Maze, there's something for everyone inside Luna Park.
Best of all, the park offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour.
So whether your teen is looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience or a leisurely afternoon by the water, Luna Park has something to offer.
Do they allow walk-ins? Yes, provided the park is not overcrowded. Booking ahead is strongly recommended as that guarantees entry.
Australian National Maritime Museum
Looking for a place to satisfy your teens’ interest in our maritime history? Or just want to hang out onboard a submarine and a destroyer all in the same afternoon?
Head for the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Located on Sydney Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum is the perfect place for a day out with teens.
The museum has many interactive exhibits, from a submarine simulator to an immersive virtual reality experience.
There's also a hands-on activity area where kids can learn about navigation and shipbuilding.
And for those who want to explore Sydney's maritime past, the museum has a wealth of artefacts and photographs on display.
What is the largest exhibit at the Maritime Museum? The HMAS Vampire, the last of our big gun ships.
Treetops Adventure Western Sydney
Head to the forest for an unforgettable experience of thrills and adventure!
TreeTops Adventure Park Sydney offers flying foxes, zip lines, and more!
Tucked away in the Western Sydney Parklands is this amazing outdoor attraction that allows teens the opportunity to strap in and climb high into the trees.
Get your heart racing as you zip, climb, and fly from one point to the next on the varied courses available.
You and your family will have an experience like no other!
How long are the courses at TreeTops? It can take you between two to three hours to finish a course.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Challenge your teens to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge - right to the top of the arch!
You all will be 134 metres above the water and able to take in some spectacular views.
Choose from a variety of climbing options, including a short 'taster' trip.
Safety is paramount, with well-organised ladders and catwalks available to ensure your journey goes smoothly.
Come and challenge yourself to an adventure that's both thrilling and a little bit scary - but you'll love it!
How hard is the climb? You’ll always be protected with ropes and ladders, but making it to the top will require you to muster all the grit you can.
Sydney Tower Eye
This is one of Sydney's most popular attractions.
Located in the heart of the city, Sydney Tower Eye offers stunning 360-degree views of Sydney and its surroundings.
Visitors can take a skywalk around the outside of the tower or enjoy a meal at the SkyFeast buffet restaurant.
This visit is sure to leave you and your teens with lasting memories.
What is there inside the Sydney Tower Eye? Look forward to everything from an amazing observation deck to a 4D cinema during your visit.
Crown Towers Sky Deck
Take in the magnificent views of Sydney Harbour from 83 storeys up at Crown Sydney's Sky Deck.
With its expansive outdoor balcony and indoor viewing area, this experience allows visitors to enjoy the city skyline and shimmering waters below in unparalleled luxury.
Tours of the Sky Deck are available to members of the public, allowing them to witness Sydney with a truly unique perspective.
This water park is a perfect place to cool off on a hot day, and it offers something for everyone.
For thrill-seekers, there are slides like the T5 Intense, that’ll put you through a series of twists and turns in the dark, before the final, epic event.
Younger teens and kids will enjoy the Dinosaur Lagoon, where they can splash around in shallow water and meet life-sized dinosaurs.
There are also several restaurants on-site, so you can refuel after a long day of fun in the sun.
Which of their rides is the most thrilling? That would be the T5 Intense Water Slide.
Does your teen have a famous figure that they idolize? Take ‘em to Madame Tussauds!
They can get up close and personal with their favourite celebs (life-size replicas), from movie stars to athletes and even scientists!
You can also team up with your beloved superhero characters, like Superman, for belief-defying feats.
And, of course, no visit to Madam Tussauds would be complete without a selfie with Einstein or Taylor Swift.
So if you're looking for a fun Sydney activity, be sure to add Madam Tussauds to your list!
Pro tip: If you enjoy the VR escape games here at Entermission, you should definitely check out Serve Like Dylan - an interactive exhibit that allows you to attempt your best serve sitting in a wheelchair alongside wheelchair tennis legend Dylan Alcott (again, a replica) - accompanied by real-time commentary!
Thunder Jet Boat
Tour Sydney Harbour as you’ve NEVER done before!
Feel the spray on your face as you zip through the water…this will be a gold mine for your teens’ Instagram!
They currently offer two rides…
- A 30-minute Thunder Thrill Ride taking you through iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge,
And a 45-minute Extreme Adrenaline Rush Ride going further into the Harbour for an even bigger rush with added spins, splashes and thrills!
Segway around the city
Sydney is a bustling city with plenty to see and do.
If you're looking for an activity that's suitable for the whole family, why not try a Sydney Segway tour?
You'll be able to glide around the city and take in all the sights without worrying about getting tired.
Teenagers will love whizzing around on the Segways, and parents will appreciate not having to keep up with them!
Sydney Segway tours are a great way to see the city from a new perspective, and you're sure to create some lasting memories.
Sydney ghost tour
Sydney is a city with a long and rich history, and there are plenty of Sydney ghost tours that allow you to explore the city's dark side.
These tours take you to some of the most haunted spots in Sydney, including cemeteries, haunted houses, and even supposedly cursed places.
You'll hear stories of ghosts, murderers, and other dark tales, and you may even catch a glimpse of a ghost yourself!
Ghost tours are a great way to learn about Sydney's history, and they're also a lot of fun.
If you're looking for something different to do in Sydney, be sure to check out one of the many Sydney ghost tours.
Visit a beach
Sydney is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
With its gentle waves and golden sand, Sydney's Bondi Beach is a great place to relax and soak up the sun.
For those looking for a bit more action, Sydney's Manly Beach is perfect for surfing and swimming.
There are also plenty of beachside restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as a wide range of shops and boutiques.
Sydney's beaches are definitely worth a visit!
A mere 9 kilometres from the CBD, Bondi is a popular spot for families.
The beach is well known for its beautiful white sand and clear blue water.
Visitors can enjoy swimming, surfing, or taking a walk along the scenic coastal path.
Bondi is also home to the famous Icebergs ocean pool, where swimmers can enjoy stunning views of the Sydney skyline.
One ferry ride from the CBD, Manly Beach is a popular spot for surfing, sunbathing, and relaxing.
The beach is also home to a colony of friendly seagulls that are always happy to beg for food.
Located in Sydney's eastern suburbs, Shelly Beach is popular with swimmers, snorkellers and anyone who loves to explore underwater life.
The beach is also dotted with barbecues, making it the perfect spot for a family picnic.
And if you're feeling adventurous, there are plenty of rocks to climb for stunning views of the coastline.
The Blue Mountains
Planning a day trip with your teens? Head for the Blue Mountains!
The journey to the Blue Mountains takes around two hours by train from Sydney central, and the landscape that awaits is truly breathtaking.
Cobalt-blue waterfalls cascade down sheer cliffs, surrounded by thick forests of eucalyptus trees.
There are plenty of walks to enjoy, with stunning lookout points where you can appreciate the natural beauty of this unique environment.
And when you're ready to take a break, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can relax and refuel before heading back into the Sydney metropolis.
What’s special about the Blue Mountains? The Mountains dazzle us with their spectacular scenery.
From majestic sandstone tablelands to untamed wilderness, from lush valleys to cascading waterfalls and deep canyons, it's no wonder the area is renowned for its amazing outdoor walking trails.
Shopping can be a great bonding experience, and it's also a great way to really get to know the city.
Sydney is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Australia.
From high-end fashion boutiques to eclectic markets, there's something for everyone.
Your kids are into fashion?
You can take them to Bondi Junction or Pitt Street Mall.
Or, if they're looking for something more unique or quirky, you could explore one of Sydney's many markets, such as Paddington Markets or the Rocks Market.
Go shopping with your teens - they'll enjoy exploring the city's many shops with you.
Indoor Skydiving at iFLY
Are your teens looking for an activity that truly gets the adrenaline pumping? Check out indoor skydiving at iFLY!
This is an activity that is sure to get their adrenaline pumping, and it's also a great way to bond with your kids.
With experienced instructors on hand, you can rest assured that everyone will be safe while they're enjoying the thrill of flying through the air.
And what's more, there's no need for a parachute or any other equipment - all you need is a sense of adventure!
So why not give it a try today? You and your children are sure to have a blast.
How long does an iFly session last? You can expect the entire experience to go on for an hour.
Your kids have been a little edgy of late, and you’re looking for something that’ll help them blow off some steam?
Go axe throwing!
While flinging steel axes at wooden targets may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of things to do with teenagers…
Axe throwing is a great way for people to blow off some steam and have a good time.
And Sydney has several axe-throwing venues that cater to teenagers.
Many of the facilities provide an enjoyable atmosphere with food and drinks to complete the experience.
Family-friendly Sydney activities to enjoy with your teens - key takeaways
Sydney is a great city for teenagers, with plenty of activities to keep them entertained.
Whether you’re looking for things to do during the day or in the evening, we’ve got you covered.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get your teens ready and let us know your favourite teen-friendly Sydney things to do in a comment below!