what can a mom and 16yr old son do for a vacation

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I am looking for Idea's that would keep my 16 yr old son interest that him and I could do together.

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Claudia P - posted on 06/26/2011

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Where did you take your son four wheeling in the sand dunes. It sounds like so much fun and my 14 year old sons face lit up on the idea. So please let me know.

Christy - posted on 06/26/2011

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I have no idea what your budget is, but a theme park would be awesome! Hopefully you still enjoy roller coasters and park food and such.

Have you talked to him about it? If you sat together and brain stormed, I bet the two of you could come up with an awesome plan.

Autumn - posted on 06/14/2009

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I asked my 16 year old about this and this is what he told me. "Find out what he/she is interested in and kind of focus on that. Find a place somewhere not to far if possible. If thats not possible, compromise on something the both of you enjoy. But try not to over kill the trip, make it fun for everyone, make sure there is a variety of activities that each of you can enjoy." I think this is a good idea. Not only do you get closer to your son by learning his interests and sharing them with him, but he will also get to you better as a person instead of just his mom.

Janet - posted on 07/28/2014

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These were some thing that my son (now 16) and I have done that were fun and not very expensive. We live in suburban Detroit.
1. Going to see the Detroit Tiger's farm team; The Toledo Mud Hens. We stayed at a hotel that was so close to the field we could have watched the game from our room. We got great seats on our way into the game for about $20. We were so close we felt like we were part of the game and some of the player even said "Hi," from the field. They had nightly fireworks and plenty of family friendly restaurants close by.
2. There is an underground cave called "Seneca Cavern'" in Belleview,OH. It's not crowded and is family friendly. You can even do some mining afterwards. College students lead the tours and have stories about the history of the cave and other local folk lore.
3. (We usually do this on the day after visiting the cave) There is a small family owened zoo and drive-thru safari. In the zoo you can get up close and personal with some of the animals. If you are not too big they have camel rides. The fun part is the drive-thru There are buffalos, deer. giraffes, water buffalo and more. Nobody that I have sent there has been disappointed.
Hope this helps. Now I just need to find something for us to do this summer.

Shelly - posted on 06/13/2009

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Jeanine,

The thing that my husband and I have started is our boys have to take me out on a date once a month...They have to choose were we go and what we do!!! Thats how we are choosing to teach our boys how to treat a lady & it gives me one on one time with my boys...and it's quite amazing how many girls have ran from it b/c they don't know how to take it!!! And it's great for me b/c I get at least two date nights a month!!!

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Linda - posted on 10/15/2013

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Next year Im taking my 15 year old son fishing and hiking ,staying in hotel so still have the tech and tv at end of day.Going to Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite you need not be the Dad to do that kind of stuff.I have been a widow since my son was 7 months old.

Pattyann - posted on 06/27/2011

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Try asking him. The best vacation we ever had was one that we all decided where we would go together. I had a budget, and the kids figured in the gas and the costs for the day. They learned alot and had so much fun! We went to one amusment park, but surprisingly, they enjoyed the beach even more and it was free!! When they have a budget, it helps them to know where they can go and what they can plan. If you don't want him to help with every day, let him plan two days. and you can plan the rest. Just make sure you tell him what the expense can be. If you can only spend 100.00, that rules out places like Disneyland!!

Pattie - posted on 06/26/2011

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My son enjoys history...this year we are taking many day trips to historial sites. We all learn and have something to talk about of interest.

Wendy - posted on 06/17/2009

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How about a camping/fishing trip. An amusement park with rollercoasters might be something to think about. If worse comes to worse, ask him what he would like to do for a vacation.

Carolee - posted on 06/15/2009

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HELLO JEANINE, WE TOOK OUR SON OUT FOUR WHEELING IN THE SAND DUNES. IT WAS A BLAST :D
CAROLEE DALTON @ SHINE COMMUNITY

Stephanie - posted on 06/15/2009

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I took my son and 1 of his friend on a day trip via train to an aquarium.
It was more enjoyable than driving in to Chicago. Took the EL once there to the Shedd Aquarium, Good time had by all. I know he was happy to have a friend join as well. Created great memories.

Renee - posted on 06/14/2009

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I have 2 boys 1 is 17. The 1 thing that i think all kids like is music so that might be a suggestion. We have a lot of free concerts here. I just start searching the computer for museums or places of intrest, Rock and roll museum is nice to. If it involves music my boys are in. Have fun!!

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Thanks so Much for the Idea's.. Road trips seem to be the big thing.. I will give it a try and see how it goes.. I'll keep you all informed.. THANKS SO MUCH..

Wendy - posted on 06/13/2009

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My girls love road trips! It gives us time to talk about whatever is on their minds. It's usually about boys, lol. If you can find a campground by an amusement park, you've got vacation all wrapped up!

Tammy - posted on 06/13/2009

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My son has always wanted to go to DC - Maybe your son would be interested in that. If your looking around here maybe try a braves baseballl game.

Jennifer - posted on 06/13/2009

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What types of things does he like to do? I think the road trip idea is great, but with gas prices so high it is a little harder. You could go on a road trip and camp out instead of staying at a hotel which would give you more money towards gas. The beach is great too.

Laurie - posted on 06/13/2009

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Road trips and amusement parks are always fun! Wre have a 16 years old daughter and these are always a hit. Find out what he's imnterested in...our kids love the beach, hiking, etc. Ask him what he wants to do and build your trip around that common ground. You can't go wrong that way and he'll feel like he was responsible for help in planning the vacation so when he sees you having fun, he'll feel responsible for that too. Have a great time! :)

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