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Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

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Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

Coming over to show Sydney to my teenage boys (12 & 15). We are staying in the CBD. Can anyone suggest activities that would get their enthusiasm going? Cheers, Emma

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1. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

u mean things other than game arcades? ;-)

travelling with that age group can be a pain i know.

how about the zoo, a harbour jet boat ride, the bridge climb ($$$$!!!) or at least the pylon climb, lunar park, manly ferry for a day at the beach, powerhouse museum, aquarium, centre point tower, imax and finally if things are not working out a pub crawl around the rocks (for u, not them)

Edited: 30 October 2010, 11:05
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2. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

Yes I think I may need a beer or 2! And yes they are heavily into gaming and I will try to engage them in non-gaming activities for that trip. Cheers

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3. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

Do they have any specific interests? Maybe they would like to watch some local sport (or participate in something like a surf school etc)? Spend some time in one of our larger bookstores? Want to see some music? Go to a more bohemian suburb?

This guide is produced by Sydney Tourism

…sydney.com/Sites/SiteID3/objLib24/Syd_Teena…

The guide covers the very basics.

I think a Hop on Hop Off bus tour might be a good orientation too. Perhaps a ferry to one of our harbour islands?

They may like to go to Paddys Markets or visit Chinatown.

Darling Harbour has lots of attractions for teenagers.

If everything fails they can succumb to City Hunter - just don't let them crash there overnight!!!

http://www.cityhunter.com.au/

Edited: 30 October 2010, 11:50
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4. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

I have a son in that age bracket, so can sympathise, but find that once he can be dragged away from a screen he is more open to a lot of activities than his older sister!

Activities he's enjoyed in the past few years...

ACDC exhibition at the Powerhouse museum

Maritime Museum - particularly the submarine

Fort Denison

Police & Justice Museum

Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney Museum

Museum of Contemporay Art

SCG tour

Any of the Chocolate Cafes (Max Brenner, Lindt,Guylian)

Yum Cha

Pancakes on the Rocks....anything involving food actually!

The surf shops - Billabong, Ripcurl, Surf Dive & Ski etc

Kinokuniya book shop (Galeries Victoria)

Coogee to Bondi Walk

Plenty to do once you get them out there! good luck ;-)

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5. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

I know some teenagers that enjoyed the IMAX theatre recently.

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6. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

Also check this site out;

www.adrenalin.com.au

Jet boats,thunderboats,basically anything thats gets the blood going.

Also there are Harley rides from the Rocks.

Im not sure on the CBD area,but a lot of suburbs have skate parks and a few have lasor skirmish now

Edited: 31 October 2010, 12:22
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7. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

The only thing I can think of that hasnt been listed is a trip out to Olympic Park and a tour through the stadium and perhaps a swim in the Olympic Pool.

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8. Re: Sydney with teenage boys - activities?

I like all the places listed by Lien

Here is how I get the best value out of a day trip to Luna Park.

- Catch the train across the harbour bridge to Milsons Point. That way you get to see some of the city from the bridge.

- Walk down the hill from Milsons Point railway station to Luna Park.

- Buy your day tickets to go on all the rides. Entrance is free, you only have to pay for rides, drinks and food. So you can go inside and look around without paying.

- Don't wait in line at the first ticket counter. There are other ticket counters inside, usually with less people waiting in line.

- When you are finished at Luna Park, catch a ferry home. You can catch a ferry from Luna Park to Circular Quay. If you want a more interesting trip home, catch the ferry from Luna park to Darling Harbour, the location of the Aquarium and the Power House Museum. At Darling Harbour, get on the monorail and catch it to the point nearest to where you are staying. By the way, when I catch the monorail, I do a complete loop first, then start to go around again and get off where I am supposed to.

Regards; Jim Sibbick

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