Things for a Teenager to Do in San Francisco

Things for a Teenager to Do in San Francisco
Teenagers visiting or living in San Francisco can choose from a wealth of outdoor activities throughout the Bay area. Teen activities for outdoor enthusiasts consist of guided nature walks, boat tours and self-guided hiking trips around the Bay. Adventurous travelers and locals between the ages of 13 and 19 can explore public parks, spend the day biking or head out to the coast for a fun-filled day of waterfront activities in San Francisco.

Take Windsurfing Lessons with the Boardsports School and Shop

Teens can explore the waters around Golden Gate Bridge by taking windsurfing lessons from the professional windsurfing and kitesurfing instructors at Boardsports School and Shop. Two-day beginner windsurfing lessons are available for teens ages 12 years and older, and include all windsurfing gear and wetsuit. The class teaches students how to get on the board, sail out, general safety protocol, and how to execute the high-wind stance. As of 2009, the two-day beginner windsurf lessons with Boardsports School and Shop was $165 per person.

Boardsports School and Shop
1200 Clay Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 385-1224

Take the GPS Behind the Scenes Tour at the San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo is open year round and caters to teens, kids and adults alike. Teenagers of all ages can take the GPS Behind the Scenes Tour with a park ranger to find out what it's like to be a zoo keeper, watch animal behavior training sessions and explore the zoo from a fresh perspective. Each attendee is given a hand-held GPS-triggered device and can take a zoo trivia challenge at the end of the tour. As of 2009, teens under 14 years of age pay a $9 admission fee, while teens 15 and older pay regular adult admission of $15.

San Francisco Zoo
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, California 94132
(415) 753-7080
sfzoo.org/openrosters/ViewOrgPageLink.asp?LinkKey=13785&orgkey=1872

Take a Coastal Hike in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the largest urban parks in the world and boasts 28 miles of coastline. Teens can take a self-guided coastal hike of the area to follow the Pacific coastline and see the seabirds, deer and other wildlife inhabiting the area. Admission to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is free year round.

Go on a Whitewater Rafting Trip with Tributary Whitewater Tours

Tributary Whitewater Tours, LLC offers youth and teen rafting trips around the San Francisco Bay area. Adventurous teens can choose from one- and two-day trips around the South/North Fork American River, the San Francisco American River and several other river trips around the Bay area. As of 2009, admission fees vary depending on the time of year the trip is taken. Group discounts are available.

Tributary Whitewater Tours LLC
20480 Woodbury Drive
Grass Valley, California 95949
(800) 672-3846
whitewatertours.com/children.htm

Take Belay and Climbing Lessons at Planet Granite

Planet Granite offers group climbing and belay classes for beginner climbers who want professional instruction from an experienced rock climber. Belay lessons teach students how to manage the ropes when climbing and work toward earning their permanent belay card. Teens must be at least 14 years of age to participate in climbing classes at Planet Granite. As of 2009, the cost for belay lessons at Planet Granite was $34 per person.

Planet Granite
924 Mason Street
San Francisco, California 94129
(415) 692-3434
planetgranite.com/climbing/classes.php

Article Written By Sabah Karimi

Sabah Karimi is a professional Web and print copywriter. She specializes in several niches including travel, fashion, beauty, health, fitness, lifestyle and small business. Karimi has an educational background in business administration and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

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