Including day trips with teenagers near me
If you are looking for things to do with teenagers then this is the post for you. We have covered all the fun things to do in Hampshire that your teenager might be interested in. Cycle trails, theme parks and beaches are all covered.
It can be hard to find family activities that teenagers are also interested in. Hopefully, this list will give you some ideas and days out that everyone will enjoy.
If you are looking for more things to do in Hampshire then have a look at:
The Biggest List of Things to do in Hampshire – This is the biggest list of things to do in Hampshire for the whole family. Use this list when you are struggling to find things to do.
The Ultimate List of Unusual Things to do in Hampshire – Looking for something different to do with the family? Then this list is for you.
52 Things to do in Hampshire this Weekend – Use this list to plan things to do this weekend.
Things to do in Hampshire
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Beaches in Hampshire
Wherever you live in Hampshire, you are just a stones throw away from a local beach. Whether you’re looking for a scenic walk, water activities for the whole family or a perfect picnic spot to watch the kids play; you’ll find it hard to beat a Hampshire beach.
Beachlands (Hayling Island)
This pebble beach is eight kilometers long on the western end of the seafront. With everything Hayling Island has to offer, Beachlands also includes a fairground and amusement arcades close by. During the summer months dogs are restricted so please see the council website for updates.
A long and wide pebble beach, Eastney is a hidden gem between Southsea Castle and Fort Cumberland. In the summer months it’s a great place to cool off. Local facilities are near by. It’s a really popular spot for windsurfers and water sport so great for the kids to have a dip in the sea. Part of the beach is naturist-friendly. Parking, including disabled spaces, can be found along Eastney Esplanade, which runs for most of the length of the beach and offers visitors direct access to the shore.
There’s always loads on at Lee-On-Solent. This is a shingle beach with a grassy area great for games and picnics. There’s a tarmac walkway right by the beach, perfect for bikes and scooters. When the tide is out you can go crabbing among the many rock pools.If it’s raining, have a look at the Hovercraft Museum which is open to the public on Saturdays. Food wise; the beach is only a small road away from the town centre so there’s plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or get an ice cream.
Hurst Spit Beach
With lovely views of the Isle of Wright, this beach is lovely to watch the world go by. The cafe is limited so bringing lunch is a good idea. Parking is hard to come by too so visit early to make sure you get a spot.
Lepe Country Park
A stony beach with patches of sand, Lepe has lots to offer! It was a tarmac path along the seafront and plenty of rock pools when the tide goes out. There’s a huge car park right by the beach and a playground a short walk up the hill
Walks in Hampshire
Hampshire is stunning, there’s no denying that, and sometimes it’s nice to visit somewhere off the beaten track.
This long stretch of path goes from The White Swan pub in Mansbridge right up and through Bitterne Park. There are plenty of places you can park for free which include The White Swan pub and the actual Riverside Park which is right next to Woodmill and the Outdoor Discovery Center. This car park can get busy in the summer as it’s right next to the Pitch and Putt plus has the Skate Park directly across from it.
Telegraph Woods is located in Telegraph Road in West End, Southampton. Parking is on the road and is free! There’s so many ways you can walk. We started by walking along the main path through the middle of the woods.
If you turn to the right then you’ll find a hill that takes you deeper into the woods. Turning left into the trees takes you down further by the pond which, in the summer, is covered with lily pads. Keep walking further down and you’ll find the Ages Bowl peaking through the trees too.
This stretch of waterfront leads on to Victoria Country Park if you keep following the road. It provides a long flat path that runs alongside a pebble beach. Bring the kids scooters or bikes and enjoy a two-mile or so walk that includes a lovely small outside cafe and benches.
There is two free car parks on site and plenty of on-road parking that gives you direct access to the beach. It’s a great place to watch the cruise ships or other big liners sail away from.
Romsey Mystery Treasure Trail
This is a trail that takes you through this old city. You can do this at your own pace and really have some family fun. If you decide to buy the trail map off the website then it comes as a Murder Mystery. It’s perfect for kids and teens.
Skate Parks in Hampshire
If you are looking for a free or cheap day out for older kids then why not try one of these skate parks in Hampshire?
This wide-open space is free to use for all. It has large smooth ramps with twists and turns for the more advanced fearless skaters or beginner ramps for those who are just starting out.
It’s great for the whole family as once the kids are done with the skate ramps then they can ride or scoot around the park too.
You can find Aldershot Skatepark in Manor Park, postcode GU11 3TZ.
Alton Skatepark is a concrete skatepark that is great for all abilities. It has a mini ramp for beginners and a number of rails, pipes and ledges split across three levels.
It’s free to use and is completely outdoors but it is subject to opening times so please check before you leave.
You can find Alton Skatepark in Chawton Park Road, postcode GU34 1ST.
Andover Depot Skatepark
Andover Depot Skatepark is a metal skatepark that has smaller ramps with pipes. This is the perfect space for beginner skaters who want to learn how to twist and turn without the bigger slopes.
It’s outside and has plenty of parking.
Andover Depot Skatepark can be found in West Portway, the postcode is SP10 3LF.
Eastleigh skatepark is in an industrial estate just before Asda roundabout. It has free parking and is great for bikes and skateboards.
Eastleigh skatepark has a concrete bowl, metal ramps, quarter pipes, and funbox.
You can find the skatepark in Stoney Croft Rise, postcode SO53 3YU.
Southsea Skate Park
Right on the seafront, Southsea Skate Park is a great place for any teen. They are open 24-hours a day and offer a fun and relaxed skate park that is great for all abilities.
They offer ramps for skateboards, rollerblades, BMX, and scooters. Make sure your teen has a go on the bank and wedge, the bowl, and the grind box.
There’s plenty of parking on the seafront plus the arcades and funfair.
Castles in Hampshire
We are so lucky to have the best castles in Hampshire. Explore as many as you can throughout the county and have an amazing day out learning about all the history that follows.
The Vyne House and Gardens
This huge Tudor house was built in the 16th Century by Henry VIII’s for Lord Sandys, who was his Lord Chamberlain. Many famous people have walked this red-bricked mansions hall including Jane Austen herself, Anne Boleyn, and Horace Walpole. The gardens are huge, around 13-acres that are included in the price of the ticket. Let the kids explore this amazing home while running around the gardens. Parking is free on-site and they have a great cafe that caters to kids, including kids’ meals and snacks.
They also have loads of picnic benches throughout the grounds if you prefer to bring your own.
You can find The Vyne at Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9HL.
Home to the Carnarvon family since 1679, Highclere Castle is now home to many famous shows including Downton Abbey. Walk around these famous halls and gardens to really experience what life was like for those who really lived in this castle. There is parking on-site and a cafe for the whole family. You can also explore the grounds while having a family picnic. This really is a day out for the whole family.
You can find Highclere Castle at Highclere, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9RN.
One of our personal favorites, Portchester Castle is an old fortification built by Richard II. It’s like a palace inside and gives you a real feeling of what it was like to live there.
Visiting the outside of the castle and inside the grounds are free. They have the best cafe on-site and encourage you to picnic with the family. Make sure you walk around the outside of the castle walls as the views of the Solent are eye-stopping.
You can find Portchester Castle at Castle Street, Portchester, Hampshire, PO16 9QW.
Funfairs and theme parks in Hampshire
If your family loves thrill rides and theme parks then this is the post for you! We have a full list of funfairs and theme parks in Hampshire that are sure to get your blood pumping.
Paulton’s Park home of Peppa Pig World, and is a family theme park based in Romsey in Hampshire and is close to the New Forest National Park. Paultons Park has over 70 fun rides and attractions that are perfect for the whole family right down to babies right up to adults. Even older children will love this amusement park.
Tornado Springs is new for 2021 and boasts six new rides for this amazing theme park. The rides include Storm Chaser which is a thrill ride for one-meter and up. It spins and twirls around a huge rollercoaster track. Cyclonator swings you up to 25 meters in height. It’s great for older kids who love a thrill. Al’s Auto Academy is a family ride for kids over eighty centimeters.
Learn to drive around the track and pick up your driving license too. (At an extra charge.) Windmill Towers is a family ride for kids over ninety centimeters. These drop you from a height while splashing you! Trekking Tractors is always a family favorite. A group of four can ride around and explore what’s growing on the Paultons Park farm that day. Rio Grande Train Ride takes you around this side of the theme park. It’s great for all ages and really gives you a taste of what the park has to offer the family.
Clarence Pier is one of the largest amusement parks on the coast. The pier has everything from amusements, rides, and activities to keep the whole family amused. They also have an indoor adventure playground that is open all year round.
If you are looking for food, then they have a load of takeaway options or a restaurant that offers fast food.
The pier runs on tokens. You buy as many as you want and normally they come in bundles. There are so many great rides including the Big Wheel, Log Flume, and roller coaster.
Just behind the pier is the crazy golf which is great fun for the whole family. There’s a great family pub next to the pier as well but we love buying off the small food stands that sell traditional fish and chips and donuts.
There are loads of benches and of course the beach where you can sit and eat.
You can find Clarence Pier at Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3AA.
Funland Park Hayling Island
For a family fun day out, you don’t need anymore than Funland Park. They are a dog-friendly park that works on a token or wristband policy. They do have some special offers if you plan to go on a lot of rides so please do ask them.
They have toilets on-site, loads of family-friendly places to eat. Parking is right next door but there is a cash charge when you enter. Remember to bring coins.
Right on the coast, Funland has a range of different rides, these include:
Runaway Mine Train
Beaver Creek Log Ride
Ride on bikes
They also have Pirates Adventure Golf which is great for all ages, and a range of arcade games.
Zoos in Hampshire
Zoos and wildlife parks are a great way to keep the whole family amused this summer. Hampshire has a huge amount of animal attractions for you to enjoy.
With over 100 animals including tigers, rhinos, and penguins, Marwell Zoo is a huge 140-acre park that is a great day out for the whole family. They have playgrounds scattered throughout the park and loads of cafes and restaurants for when you get hungry. Why not bring a picnic as they have loads of picnic benches and green space for you to relax on too.
You can find Marwell Zoo on Thompsons Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH.
Birdworld is a huge zoo that offers everything the whole family needs for a fun day out. You’ll get to see everything from pelicans and white storks to owls and flamingos. They have a great play area for smaller kids and loads of space for the whole family to run around in.
You can take lunch with you as they have so many picnic benches and places for you to put your picnic blankets down if you prefer. They also have a great restaurant, cafe, and kiosk throughout the park where you can buy snacks and treats.
You can find Birdworld at Birdworld Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD.
Cycling in Hampshire
If you are looking for the best places to cycle in Hampshire then this is the post for you. We have covered all of Hampshire and broken the locations down into flat surfaces and forest routes.
Hayling Billy Cycle Trail
Starting at the car park at North Hayling Halt on Havant Road, go down Hayling Billy Path and keep going. This runs along the coast of Hayling Island and is about a 5-mile round trip which is all off-road. Great for younger kids who may not feel as confident. This has great views of the coast and loads of picnic spots along the way. The trail ends at Station Road and Sinah Lane.
This lovely common just outside of the main city is a green getaway. Parking can be found throughout the outer rim of the country park. It’s perfect for bikes, prams and those with limited mobility as the paths are all paved. The country park has a cafe and toilets near the playground plus a huge amount of space for the whole family to explore
This is a park loop that the whole family can enjoy. There are plenty of places you can stop and have a picnic too!
You can find Southampton Common at The Avenue, Southampton SO15 7NN.
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Royal Victoria Country Park
Right on Netley seafront, this country park has everything you need for a fun day trip out for the whole family. Enjoy the seaside views from the stony beach or play on one of the three massive green fields. It has a huge adventure playground, a steam train, and a great little cafe with toilets on site.
The country park has huge forests which you can ride through which are mostly flat plus you can ride through the whole park, one end to the other, on the flay green fields. This is a great place for beginners to learn to ride a bike.
You can find Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA.
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