First-Timer's Guide to Spring Break with Teens
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Taking spring break with the kids is a treat when they’re young and still enjoy your company. But if you want the week to go well with your children once they hit the teen years, it’s going to take some strategizing before and during the trip.
After all, at this point, you’re not likely the first person they want to relax with during their break from school. No offense, and I’m sure you’re really cool, but teens want to hang out with other teens. Their friends get top billing through these tougher years, so spending the week with Mom and/or Dad, and maybe some younger siblings, may not be too high on their list of desires.
Here’s how to fix that.
First, let them have a role in planning this week away. Picking the place to vacation is an important part of the trip, and you want it to be something all ages will enjoy. The reason Orange Beach and Gulf Shores is one of my family’s favorite spots (over and over again, as you can see here) is because there’s so much for each generation to enjoy. Whether it’s sitting on the beach for hours watching the sun dancing on the water, paddling a kayak through the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, or booking a parasailing ride together where you can sneak in an adventure you’ll never forget, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.