What are some attractions for teens in the bay area (CA)?

In the Sunnyvale, Santa Clara area

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I'm still trying to figure it out. For teens, I think they feel it's more important who they're with, rather than where they're going. However, here are some favorite hangouts and activities for teenagers in the area:

    Any place where their parents aren't around. Teens would have more fun with their friends in an empty parking lot than with their parents at Disney World. The concern for parents is to make sure their teens don't get into trouble. That's easier said than done.

    Any shopping mall. In the South Bay and Peninsula, the major ones are the Great Mall of the Bay Area in Milpitas; Valley Fair, Eastridge, Almaden Plaza, and Oakridge in San Jose; The Outlets at Gilroy; Sunnyvale Town Center in Sunnyvale; Vallco Fashion Park in Cupertino; San Antonio Shopping Center in Mountain View; Westgate Mall in Saratoga; the Pruneyard in Campbell; Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto; Hillsdale Shopping Center in Daly City; Tanforan Park Shopping Center in San Bruno; The Island in San Mateo; Serramonte Center in Daly City; Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco. In the East Bay, there's Newpark Mall in Newark, Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, Eastmont Mall in Oakland, Southland Mall in Hayward, Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, Hilltop Mall in Richmond, Sun Valley Mall in Concord, County East Mall in Antioch, and Solano Mall in Fairfield. In the North Bay, there's Northgate Mall in San Rafael and Coddington Regional Shopping Center in Santa Rosa. New ones are popping up all the time. See here for transit directions. See here for mall locations. Malls are relatively safe places, except for the danger that your teens may spend all their (your) money.

    Great America, Santa Clara. This is the biggest theme park in Northern California. It is similar to Magic Mountain in Southern California. It is more of a thrill ride park than a dark ride park like Disneyland. Every year they seem to add a new giant ride to challenge your stomach. Conveniently accessible by VTA Light Rail or from Hwy 101, it is easy for teens to get to. A lot of Silicon Valley kids have season passes and spend many summer days there with their friends. It has roller coasters, water rides, carnival games, video arcades, live shows, and an Imax movie theater. There are also plenty of rides for little kids. Adults like to see the shows and ride some of the more sedate rides, so this is a place for the whole family.

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.- this is one of the most popular places for Silicon Valley teens and families to go on hot summer days. Hwy 17 turns into one long traffic jam as they stream over the Santa Cruz Mountains heading for the beach and the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is a long amusement park along a mile-long beach, between the San Lorenzo River and the Santa Cruz Wharf. It has rides for all ages, from kiddie rides to the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster. There's an indoor miniature golf course and plenty of arcades and carnival games. It has a traditional outdoor carnival atmosphere, like a county fair or Coney Island. It is a state historic landmark. Its carousel dates back to 1911, and the wooden Giant Dipper dates back to 1924. Both are National Historic Landmarks. The park has been operating for almost a century. The nearby beach is another plus. The water is warm for Northern California. Little kids can wade by the mouth of the San Lorenzo River. Free concerts are given in a bandstand on the beach.

    Marine World, Vallejo - This was once primarily a combination zoo and sea-life park, but under Six Flags management, it has become a thrill-ride amusement park, rivalling Great America. (Six Flags also runs Magic Mountain in Valencia.) It was always a great family park, especially for little kids. They liked looking at the animal shows, riding on the small kiddies rides, and playing in its big playground. It was a little tame for teens, though. With the addition of the thrill rides, this has changed. The animals are still there -- whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks, lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, etc., but now they've added some state-of-the-art thrill rides. An example of one of their newest rides is the Vertical Velocity, which shoots rides up a twisting vertical tower. Marine World was also famous for their exciting water ski shows, which they still have

  • 1 decade ago

    San Jose is full of museums that you can go to, San Jose is real close to Sunnyvale (it's all close).

    In San Jose there is the Tech Museum that has a lot of interactive displays and a three story clock outside, it also has a giant IMAX theater inside that you can buy tickets for...it's a real cool theater, you sit back reclined and watch the video on a screen that seems to wrap around you above your head!

  • 5 years ago

    You can go to santa cruz beach boardwalk, six flags dicovery kingdom,waterworld,maybe a baseball game if you like the sport,other sports,concerts,and maybe just hang around san francisco. Hope thats good. If not sorry.

  • 4 years ago

    Very interested too about the answer to this question

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