Teenagers can be a tricky age group to please on vacation. They can seem sullen and unenthusiastic about spending time with the whole family and want a longer leash than younger kids. While some resorts simply set up a teen center with games and movie screen, others offer teen programs that truly hit the mark by providing a wide array of options.
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Tyler Place Family Resort
This summer all-inclusive resort in northwestern Vermont offers what is arguably the best children's kids in the country, with age-staggered groups stretching into the high school years. The teen group offers a perfect balance of fun and independence, with campouts, mountain bike trips, kayaking, paddle boarding, and much more.
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Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Another all-inclusive option is Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida, whose kids program runs all the way to age 17. The array of available activities is dazzling, from tennis, golf and sailing to learning the trapeze in the resort's famous circus school.
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The Sagamore Resort
Offering a wide array of activities on-property is a surefire way to please teens. The dreamy Sagamore Resort on New York's Lake George offers a seasonal outdoor pool and year-round, heated indoor pool to nature trails, tennis courts, and the wonderful Rec—an enormous recreation center with indoor mini golf, basketball, pool, ping pong, video games, a loft cinema, and even an indoor wiffleball field.
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The grand Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains is a great place to let teens explore. The property is vast but most activities are found within a few acres of the lodge. Extensive facilities include riding stables, a golf course, an indoor and outdoor pool, basketball and tennis courts, croquet lawn, archery range, paintball field, geocaching circuit, driving range, playground, game room, spa, and a fitness center. The lake provides swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing in the summer and skating and ice fishing in the winter.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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South Seas Island Resort
Teens love options and South Seas Island Resort on stunning Captiva Island delivers in spades. There are nearly two dozen pools, including some with water slides. You can explore the resort on bikes, rent kayaks, and paddle boards, take banana boat rides, go parasailing, and fish off the pier. The on-site sailing school has been deemed the best in the country. For kids who love spotting animals in the wild (dolphins and manatees and pelicans—oh my!), this resort—and this part of Florida in general—is heaven on Earth.
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High in New York's Adirondacks, Whiteface Lodge offers a winning array of amenities, from the year-round, heated, indoor-outdoor pool and trio of hot tubs to the games room, bowling alley, movie theater, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, tennis courts, and nature trails, as well as a fabulous private beach on Lake Placid with swimming and complimentary use of canoes, kayaks, pedalboats, and stand-up paddleboards.