I can tell you what they enjoy doing with relatives... One summer my brother and sister visited my uncle then my grandparents. My grandparents phoned my uncle one day: "Their parents aren't home and they want us to take them skydiving. Is it ok?"
Uncle: "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."
You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng
ETA: I'm actually 16 and seriously, just take them to one of those frozen yogurt places where they have a million toppings and you can use as many as possible. They will be so overwhelmed by trying to decide if they should have two or five different kinds of chocolate chips that they will forget to be teenagers.
My dad used to take the whole family to Hollywood Blvd. This was in the early 70's so before it got really bad, then sanitized. We'd observe the Hari Krishnas, ladies and gentlemen of the evening, cruise through a really neat bookstore that was there then, and finish off the evening with hot fudge sundaes at C.C. Brown's. Seems like a life time ago.
One year my then 15 y.o. second cousin came out for a month-long visit. She's a bit more than 20 years younger than me. She rode so we did some horse-related stuff. But I also handed her the Triple A guide, some other tourist information, and a list I made up and told her to pick some of them and that I'd guarantee that we'd do some number of them (it worked out to maybe 2 a week) as long as it didn't involve a water park or something illegal. Yes, we went to Hollywood Blvd. Also Venice Beach, a musical, maybe Olvera Street. She wanted to see the Hollywood sign which I helpfully pointed out from the 10 freeway (but I didn't count that).
We always took a couple of friends...hiking, canoeing, museums (Smithsonian was a favorite), games (lacrosse in particular), dinner, shopping, miniature golf. Vacation was DisneyWorld for a couple of years with a friend. They could safely wander off, we had lunch and dinner together. They still hung with us though. One year, my daughter had a couple of friends meet us there, the boyfriends played golf with my husband, the girls had spa day.
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant
water parks, rafting, or tubing if there is a river handy.
what hobbies do they have ? is their a touristy thing involving that?
I am attending Comicon this year with a couple teens and heading up to tour their fav online gaming company..they are stoked, I wonder what I can think of for next year
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It's a "KILT". If I wore something underneath, it would be a "SKIRT".
When our older boys (now 24 and 22) were that age (not yet driving, then they really won't go anywhere with you!) they liked to go to big events that interested them with us. A favorite was a visit to the "X Games" in Providence where they could watch all kinds of crazy skateboarding/BMX, etc...contests. Travelling, of course. Best trip for them: we went up to Montreal (only a five hour drive for us) during the Jazz Festival and stayed at a hotel walking distance from downtown. They could go out by themselves at night to watch various free, outdoor, shows. Safe enough city for that in the downtown area and they felt very grown up...walking around together with no parents in a, technically, foreign city, listening to cool bands. We just made a rule that they HAD to stay together, HAD to stay within a certain block radius of the festival center (drew it on a map), had to keep their cell phone on and answer if we called and had to be back at the hotel by 11:00pm. We did lots of touristy things together as a family during the day, so we got some family time too.