Anaheim with Teens: A Perfect Family Day

Anaheim with Teens: A Family Vacation


Here are some suggestions for spending a great family vacation day with your teens in Anaheim, Calif.

Located about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Anaheim, Calif is best known as the home of Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Angel Stadium. But for those looking to plan a vacation day here with their teens, this city has a lot more to offer than just Mickey Mouse and Snoopy. Check out the suggestions below and your family will enjoy a day unlike any other!


Start your teens in Anaheim with breakfast at the La Brea Bakery Cafe located in Downtown Disney. This popular bakery first opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1989 and now sells some of the best artisan breads at locations throughout the country. Lucky for you, they have opened a cafe in downtown Disney that offers more than just bread, pastries and sweets. Choose from a variety of items off the breakfast menu such as omelets, quiche, breakfast sandwiches, sourdough pancakes, or the very tasty brioche French toast. While there, pick up a loaf of bread to take with you. The olive oil and rosemary is a favorite! After breakfast, take some time to wander through the quaint downtown Disney district and let your teens do a little shopping. Check out Ridemakerz, where kids can build their own radio controlled cars, stock up on some cool clothes and accessories at Quicksilver or Fossil, immerse yourselves in all things Disney at D Street or get your sports on at the ESPN Zone store. Downtown Disney district is located outside of Disneyland Park and does not require an entrance fee. Parking is free. La Brea Bakery opens at 8AM and is located at 1556 Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802; Phone (714) 490-0233.

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be "Maverick" or "Goose" from the movie "Top Gun"? Now is your chance to join your teen in flight as you pilot an F-16 military fighter jet. Simulated of course! The Flightdeck Air Combat Center will train you to be a fighter pilot in one of their authentic military jet simulators. During your adventure, you will go through a pre-flight briefing before you jump into the cockpit to carry out some air combat of your own. They even provide you with flight gear to wear. Drag your kids away from their video games and let them experience what it's like to be a real fighter pilot (well, simulated but you get the idea)! This is one experience they will not soon forget. Reservations are recommended as flight times can fill up fast. There are three missions to choose from at $49.00, $69.00 and $79.00 and lasting from 40 – 70 minutes. The Flightdeck Combat Center is located at 1601 S. Sunkist St., Unit A, Anaheim, CA 92806; (714) 937-1511.


It's time to come down from the clouds and take your teens on a culinary journey at the Lazy Dog Cafe. This casual cafe offers an array of dishes influenced from locations around the world. Enjoy appetizers such as Shanghai tacos or the trio of hummus dips. Fill up on main courses of salad, soup, pasta, pizza or fish 'n' chips. Don't forget to order dessert, like the banana split sundae served in a dog bowl! 1623 West Katella Ave. Orange CA 92867; (714) 769-7020

From racing jets in the sky to racing karts on the track, your next adventure takes you to K1 Speed indoor kart racing. Challenge your teen to an exhilarating race around this safe, professionally designed go kart track. Get up to 45 mph as you speed around sharp turns and under two tunnels in a 20hp electric kart. There is also a lounge area where you can relax and ponder the day your teen will get their drivers license! The 14 lap standard race costs $40.00 per person, but check their website for additional pricing, specials and hours of operation. They do close for private events on occasion. K1 Speed Anaheim is located at 1000 N. Edward Ct. Anaheim, CA 92806, (714) 632-6999.

What better way to cool off on a hot day than to soak your feet (or entire body) in the pool. Let your kids have some fun and interact with other teens at Knott's Soak City. This 13-acre water park features some exciting rides that the whole family will love. Launch yourself head first down a multi -lane speed slide, race down a slide on one of the inner-tubes or be a little daring and try the high speed slide at over 62-feet. Take a swim in the wave pool or check out the Toyota Beach House, a funhouse where teens will go crazy with 200 water guns. Check Knott's website for seasonal hours of operation. Ticket prices are $31.00 for ages 12 and up, $19.99 for ages 3 – 11 and seniors. Prices are cheaper if you purchase and print your tickets online. 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620, (714) 220-5200.


Step back in time and treat your kids to a medieval adventure right in the heart of the city. At Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament you will be transported back to 11th-century Spain in this castle restaurant. Enjoy multiple knights on horseback joust it out in a tournament fit for kings. Dine on a multiple course meal of soup, chicken, ribs and dessert without the use of proper utensils (unless your kids consider their fingers proper utensils)! Your family will be drawn into this dazzling show making for an experience they will remember for quite some time. Ticket prices are $57.95 for adults and $35.95 for kids 12 and under. Check their website for discounts and upgrades or to purchase tickets online. 7662 Beach Blvd Buena Park, California 90620, 1-866-543-9637.

If your family still has some energy, head over to the Anaheim Garden Walk. This outdoor sanctuary dotted with fountains, palm trees, shops, entertainment and restaurants is a great place to relax and unwind or engage in more family fun. From bowling a few games at the 300 Anaheim Bowling & Entertainment Center to catching a flick at the IMAX theatre, let your children decide how they want to end their perfect vacation day in Anaheim, CA. 321 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802, (714) 635-7410.

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