Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Louise
Discover the hidden treasures of Hull and East Yorkshire with your teenagers! From the fascinating exhibits at The Deep to a thrilling climb of the tower at Hull Minster, there’s never a dull moment here.
Dive into history at Wilberforce House Museum and Hull and East Riding Museum, or challenge your skills at crazy golf and laser quest.
Make sure you uncover Hull’s dark side with a spooky ghost tour and for the adrenaline junkies, nothing beats a speedboat ride at Bridlington.
Start your next adventure and create unforgettable memories. Discover the best things to do with teenagers in this underrated region in the UK.
Discover an Underwater World at The Deep
The Deep, Hull
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The Deep Aquarium in Hull is situated on the picturesque Humber waterfront in a stunning building with a futuristic design. Even teenagers will be impressed with the vaste array of marine life. See penguins, fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays, eels, sawfish, amazing coral reefs and much more. Walk through a glass tunnel and take the glass lift to see the creatures close up.
In addition, interactive exhibits and informative displays engage teens in understanding the importance of ocean conservation and the fragility of our marine ecosystems.
Find out more at The Deep
Play a Round of Crazy Golf
Dacre Lakeside Adventure Golf
Photo Credit: Dacre Lakside Facebook Page
Crazy golf is a big favourite with my own family. Both my 16 year old and 12 year old sons enjoy a game.
There are many crazy golf locations in and around Hull and East Yorkshire (both indoor and outdoor). One of the most popular is Lost City Adventure Golf in Hull. This 18 hole indoor course is fantastic for entertainment on a rainy day.
Another alternative in the area is the adventure golf at Dacre Lakeside, which I tried out with my boys. This 11 hole course was a pleasure to play and afternwards you can grab a hot drink or an ice cream at the snack kiosk. Make a day of it and have a game of footgolf or hire paddleboards and kayaks to take out on the nearby lake.
Skim Stones at Hornsea Beach
Hornsea beach is the nearest beach to Hull and well worth a visit with a teen. It’s a great place for skimming stones and my own teen son (aged 16) enjoyed this activity which kept him away from his phone for a significant amount of time.
Eat fish and chips, paddle or swim in the sea and walk along the sea front with an ice cream. In the summer months there is a small fair with some rides for older kids including the waltzers. Teens will probably enjoy the arcades too.
Capture Breathtaking Views along the Humber Bridge
Take a stroll or bike ride across the impressive Humber Bridge to witness panoramic views of the Humber Estuary.
Although not located directly in Hull, it’s about a 5 or 6 mile drive away and definitely worth a visit.
This iconic bridge provides a stunning backdrop for memorable photos for their Insta and a great way for teenagers to enjoy the outdoors.
It’s free and about 1.4 miles long (making it the longest suspension bridge in the world)
Visit a Free Museum
If you’re visiting Hull on a budget there are some interesting museums that are free to visit. The odds are that at least one should appeal to your teenagers depending on their interests.
Step Back in Time at the StreetLife Museum
Photo: Streetlife museum Hull
Travel back through 200 years of transport history at one of Hull’s most popular (and free) musums. Wander down a 1940’s high street, hop aboard a retro tram and enjoy a carriage ride. Other highlights include a bicycle collection, level crossing and watching the green cross code adverts from the past.
It’s a particularly great choice if you have a transport mad teenager, but most teens will enjoy a visit.
Top Tip: have a a few pennies for the old fashoned arcade machines in the centre.
Find out more at the Streetlife Museum
Wilberforce House Museum
Another free and fascinating museum is Wilberforce House Musuem which is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, a tireless campaigner against the slave trade.
Visitors learn about slavery and the pain it caused through many interesting artifacts. Teens who enjoy history should definitely visit.
Find out more at Wilberforce House Museum
Bring History to Life at the Hull and East Riding Museum
The Hull and East Riding Museum is also completely free and another top choice for teens who are interested in history. Go back in time and learn about Hull from prehistoric times through to the middle ages.
Meander through an Iron Age village. Step inside a Roman bath house and see the stunning mosaics. Discover a mysterious group of wooden warriors and see a horde of Viking treasure.
Find out more at the Hull and East Riding Museum
East Park cover 120 acres and is the biggest park in Hull.
With a boating lake, cafe, small animal education centre and pleny of space for picnics, you can spend a lovely afternoon here.
Teens can enjoy a game of football, take a boat out on the lake or buy an icecream.
If they like animals, the animal education centre is free and features animals from all over the world. Meet wallabies, llamas, ponies and more!
Find out more at East Park.
Battle It Out at Laser Quest
For a fast paced activity, engage in a thrilling laser tag battle at Laser Station in Hull.
The laser tag arena is located in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, in the centre of Hull and is great for a group of teen friends or a family outing.
More Fun Things To Do:
Here is a quick round up of more fun activities for teenagers in Hull
Escape Rooms: Challenge your wits and teamwork skills by trying one of Hull’s escape rooms. Solve puzzles and unravel mysteries within a set time frame. Try Escape Room Hull has rooms for first timers, families and experienced groups.
Axe Throwing: Throw real axes at a digital target. No experience is necessary at Game of Throwing in Hull
Go Karting: You’re spoiled for choice for go karting in Hull with both indoor and outdoor tracks. For indoor karting try Teamsport Karting Hull. If you prefer an outdoor experience check out Hull Karting.
Ice Skating: Enjoy a cool indoor activity and go ice skating at the Hull Arena. There are a variety of sessions to suit the public which include a disco skating session for 11 to 17 year olds.
Trampoline Park: Located in St Stephens shopping centre in Hull city centre, Gravity trampoline park is a great place for all ages to jump and bounce. Teens may enjoy one of their special events which can include live music and football afternoons. In addition, there are fitness classes for people aged 14 and older. For older teens, there is a student discount if they have an NUS card.
Climbing: Also located in St. Stephen’s, Rock Up has 26 fun climbing walls to attempt.
Climb Hull Minster
For unrivalled views of the city of Hull, climb 188 steps up to top of Hull Minster.
Teens will enjoy the thrill of climbing medieval steps as well as amazing views from the top.
You will also visit the bell chamber where the bells are still rung and a get a close up view of the clock mechanism in action.
Catch a live performance at the Hull Truck Theatre
Catch a live performance at Hull Truck Theatre. Teens can choose from diverse range of productions. Whether they like musicals, watching a movie, comedies or dramas – there’s something for everybody.
Find out what’s on a the Hull Truck Theatre.
Discover Hull’s Dark Side on a Ghost Tour
Visit some of Hull’s most haunted buildings and streets with an experienced tour guide.
Walk around the old town and discover the stories of ghosts and how they haunt Hull in their own unique ways.
For the bravest of teens only! A great activity for Halloween.
Take a Speedboat Ride at Bridlington.
Bridlington is a great day by the seaside for teenagers. There’s plenty going on along the seafront during the summer months including a fun fair. We visited for the afternoon and my 12 and 16 year old loved a ride on the waltzers here.
Another great activity for teenagers is the speedboat ride along the Bridlington bay. In summer 2023, it was £5 per person. You can hop on at Bridlington harbour and enjoy a 10 minute high seed adventure.
Shopping in Hull
If your teen likes to shop, Hull has a huge range of shoppig arcades and stores.
Start at St Stephen’s Shopping Centre which features a variety of popular high-street retailers, including H&M, New Look, and Superdry. There’s also plenty of fun things to do here (including laser quest and escape rooms – see above). Why not break up your shopping trip with a bite to eat. There’s plenty of eateries too!
Or why not try Princes Quay,a unique destination, built on stilts over a dock. It boasts a selection of fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment stores. Here you’ll find an outlet level, where you can find discounted items from various brands. There’s a cinema and a bowling alley here too.
Climb Withernsea Lighthouse
Withernsea lighthouse is one of the few lighthouse in the UK located away from the coastline, in the town.
Climbing the 144 steps to the top is an amazing experience (if a little scary) but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views at the top.
You can feed hungery teens after the climb and the very reasonably priced cafe at the bottom.
Find out more at Withernsea lighthouse
Take a Safari Ride at Spurn Nature Reserve
Spurn is known as Yorkshire’s “land’s end”.
Hop aboard an ex-military, 4×4 truck “Unimog” for a 3 hour “safari” tour with a trip the top of a lighthouse and a 1 hour walk included.
If the safari tour is not for your teenager, Spurn is also a lovely place for walking and bird watching.
Find out more about Spurn safari tours.
Scale the High Ropes at Let Loose Adventure
Adrenaline seeking teens will love Let Loose Adventure Park in Woodmansey.
Try the high ropes courses, take a thrilling 150m zip wire ride and have a go at archery.
Book Your Tickets at Let Loose Adventure Park
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