Most teens have big plans for the summer-plans like sleeping until noon and all day texting parties with their friends.  As the parent, of course you want to let them blow off some steam after a busy school year, but when they start talking in text lingo it might be time to find some pastimes that don’t involve a cell phone.   Check out this list of activities in Fort Worth that will keep your teens busy this summer.

When they’ve seen more You-Tube videos than sunshine:

  • Head out to soak up some Vitamin D at the downtown Water Gardens, a shady spot that is perfect for relaxation.
  • Float on over to the best seat in the house at Panther Island’s Rockin’ the River tubing and concert series.  The bands rock the free concerts, while the kids float along in the Trinity River. It’s all around cool!

When you want to show them a glimpse of a time before texting:

  • Drive into an era of sock hops and juke boxes with a visit to Coyote Drive In.  Stunning views of the city and Trinity River are the perfect backdrop to catch the latest flicks.
  • Texas in the 1880s was wild-kinda like high school, but with less homework.  Step back to that time with a visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District.

When you know the way to their hearts is through their stomach:

  • Grab some gourmet food at the Fort Worth Food Truck Park, where local chefs serve up fun and quirky delicacies in a shady park setting.  There’s even free wi-fi, so the teens can check on Facebook and let their friends know what they are doing.
  • Sign them up for a cooking class at Central Market.  Teen focused cooking camps are available throughout the summer with themes and meals that hungry teens will love.

When you need a little bit of yee-haw to balance out the ho-hum:

  • Mosey over to Billy Bob’s Texas.  Are kids really welcome at a honky tonk?  You betcha, partner!  Line dancing lessons, arcade games, and mechanical bull riding are just a few of the family friendly activities that your teens will love.
  • Saddle up for a ride along the old Chisholm Trail at the Stockyard Stables.  30 to 60 minute scenic rides take place along the Trinity River Trails.

When you want to be <OMG!!!> the “coolest mom ever!”:

  • Book a spin around downtown on the Cowtown Cycle Party.  Bring your own sodas and grab some friends to power this 15 passenger bicycle cart through Sundance Square.
  • Fill the need for speed with a few laps around Texas Motor Speedway. Licensed drivers can ride (or drive) in a real NASCAR race car, or younger riders can enjoy a few laps in NASCAR Sprint Cup Limousine.

Looking for more ways to beat the summer heat with the fam? Check out our guide to family fun, here

Teens enjoying the Fort Worth Water Gardens