Visiting Winnipeg with teens in tow? We’ve got you covered. From great food to major festivals to outdoor fun, there’s no shortage of activities to keep even the toughest-to-please teens happy. Take a look at our top 10 things to do in Winnipeg for teenagers before planning your next trip.
Explore the Exchange
One of the oldest parts of the city, the Exchange District is home to tons of cool restaurants, shops and public spaces. Grab a coffee (some of the city’s best!) at Parlour Coffee and take your fashion-forward teen on a mission to find the perfect souvenir in one of the Exchange’s many boutique clothing, accessories, and jewellery shops.
Hit up The Food Trucks
Winnipeg’s burgeoning food truck scene is a tasty and accessible extension of the city’s multicultural makeup. Take your always-hungry teens to Broadway, the city’s unofficial food truck corridor, for an eclectic mix of dishes such as Filipino egg rolls, Japanese crepes, and samosa nachos, alongside comfort foods with a twist, like gourmet tater tots and hamburgers.
Pick a Festival, Any Festival
Board at Canada’s Largest Urban Skate Park
Got a skateboarding or BMX enthusiast in the family? Don’t miss The Plaza at the Forks; it’s Canada’s largest urban skate plaza and bowl complex, and has been sought out by Tony Hawk himself.
Catch Some Rays at Grand Beach
Often cited as one of North America’s best beaches, Grand Beach (about an hour’s drive north of the city) is the perfect day trip for families with sun seeking, wave worshipping teens.
Scope the Supernatural
If your teens are into the paranormal, then a ghost tour with Muddy Water Tours will be right up their alley. They’ll learn the eerie truth about the city’s best-known haunted heritage sites, and get the chance to visit places even locals are unaware of.
Take Them Out to the Ballgame
Winnipeg’s Shaw Park, home of the Goldeyes pro baseball team, is one of the nicest little stadiums around. Tickets to games are downright affordable, there’s lots of tasty food available, and there’s not a bad seat in the house.
Get Your Adrenaline Pumping
Just outside the city, Adrenaline Adventures is an action-loving teen’s paradise all year round, with cable wakeboarding, zip lining, a ropes course, beach volleyball and paintball during the summer, and snow tubing, cable snowboarding and a snowboard terrain park in the winter.
Take Them to “The Ex”
The Red River Exhibition is a classic with Winnipeg teenagers. Try out almost 50 midway rides and don’t forget to eat lots of deep-fried fair food. Cap off the evening with fireworks and free concerts.
Go Back in History (or to Outer Space)
History, science, and space-crazed teens will relish the chance to explore the Manitoba Museum, actually three facilities in one: a museum, interactive science gallery, and planetarium (lasers set to Daft Punk or Radiohead, anyone?).
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Written by Emma Durand-Wood
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About the author: EmmaDurand-WoodEmma Durand-Wood
Emma Durand-Wood is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She blogs about her adopted hometown's quirks at www.winnipegomyheart.com and also writes on an eclectic mix of topics ranging from travel, pregnancy and parenting, libraries, and the legal industry. Some of her favourite places to visit are Waterton Lakes National Park, the Niagara region of Ontario, and anywhere on a lake in Manitoba, preferably with a celebrity biography in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.