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The capital city of the state of South Australia, Adelaide, is one of Australia’s most underrated cities. Despite being significantly smaller than the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, there are still so many amazing activities in Adelaide, beautiful sights, and fascinating history waiting to be found in this city, especially if you are looking for things to do in Adelaide with teenagers.

No matter what your taste for adventure may be, whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend break, an adrenaline-filled island escape or are simply trying to keep the family entertained, there are so many places to go in Adelaide. 

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To help you in planning a trip to Adelaide with teens to remember, we have put together a list of the best things to do in Adelaide with teenagers, kids, and adults. Sights, attractions, and day trips from Adelaide that are sure to keep the whole family happy, all in one place, so free up your schedule and get out to explore the city of Adelaide with family.

Where to stay in Adelaide with teenagers

Travelling to Adelaide can be such an enriching experience for the whole family. There are so many things to do in Adelaide and having the best place to stay in Adelaide and wander is extremely important during your family holiday in Adelaide. Here we’ve got some information to get you planning your family vacation to Adelaide to make it completely hassle-free.

You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Adelaide. In Adelaide, you find a range of hotels, apartments, and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families, and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Hotellook and Agoda to find the best prices in Adelaide.

  • Luxury: Located in the city centre just 3 minutes walk from Rundell Mall is the Mayfair Hotel. The hotel features family rooms accommodating up to 5 people. All rooms have air-con and Wifi with a gym and parking available
  • Mid-Range: Featuring an outdoor pool, restaurant, and laundry service are the Best Western Adelaide Granada Hotel. Featuring a family room accommodating up to 4 people. Rooms starting as low as $112AUD are available.
  • Budget: The YHA Adelaide Central featuring family rooms for 4 with private en suite bathrooms. The hostel features a large self-catering kitchen, dining room, TV/movie room, and more. A short walk will have you at shops, restaurants, and the Adelaide market

Adelaide apartment alternative for your stay

If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation when you travel with teenagers then an apartment in Adelaide is the best choice for family travel with teenagers. There are so many options for singles, families, and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Adelaide apartment for your family vacation in Australia.

How to get to Adelaide Australia

  • Adelaide Airport is located just 6 kilometers from the city center. Adelaide Airport is serviced by Australian carriers Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin. International carriers Air New Zealand, Cathy Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines fly internationally into Adelaide. You can search for flights to Adelaide with Trip.com
  • There are trains to Adelaide from Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Darwin. You can search for train tickets in Australia here.
  • Buses from all major areas of Australia head into Adelaide regularly. Check the timetables and prices with Busbud
  • You can grab a hire car in Adelaide, the quality of the roads in South Australia is of a high western standard. If you plan to road trip with teens then search your Rental Car today!

How to get around Adelaide

Adelaide is easy to get around with a fleet of trains, buses, and trams that will take you to your destination. This makes Adelaide one of the best places to go with teens. You can purchase a regular MetroCard, or a MetroCard Visitor Pass, which gives you three days of unlimited travel for one fixed price. Alternatively, there are taxis and Uber available for you to get all the very best activities in Adelaide for teens.

Do you need a sim card for your trip to Adelaide?

Relying on Wi-fi when you are travelling with teenagers can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact with who you need is a top priority when you are travelling with family. Plan your family trip to Adelaide out and order your sim before you leave home to stop any stress about travelling, data, and calls on your family vacation to Adelaide.

Best things to do in Adelaide with teenagers

So now that you have all the important information on your family trip to Adelaide with teenagers here are all the very best things to do in Adelaide with them!

The best part of Adelaide is how easy it is to go from the busy city streets to the surrounding hills and national parks. With a choice of big-city thrills, relaxing beaches, rolling hills, or mountain views, you are truly spoilt for choice for activities in Adelaide, Australia. 

people walking down Rundell Mall in Adelaide

Relax beneath the stars at an Outdoor Cinema

In the delightful months of Spring and Autumn, one of Adelaide’s outdoor cinemas is the perfect way to spend an evening. With warm, comfortable evenings and early nights, a movie under the stars is a spectacular way to end the day exploring the city.

Pack a picnic, a rug, ad a cozy jumper to get comfortable in, and watch some of your favourite movies under the stars to enjoy one of the top things to do in Adelaide.

Some of the best outdoor cinemas to try in Adelaide are:

  • Open Moonlight Cinema
  • Adelaide Outdoor Cinema
  • American Express Open-air Cinema
  • Mainline

Go back in time at Adelaide’s City Gaol (Jail)

One of the oldest remaining colonial buildings left in Adelaide is the fascinating City Gaol (or Jail). From the very beginning, the story of this building is one for the history books, as the very cost of its construction forced the colony of South Australia into bankruptcy. Over the next 147 years, over 300,000 prisoners passed through this building, before it was officially decommissioned in 1988.

The building remains open to this day as a visitor centre, showcasing what life was like back in the day for the resident prisoners and is one of the top Adelaide tourist spots. This grim reminder of the cruel history endured throughout the 19th and 20th centuries remains a dark but important lesson today which makes a visit to the jail a must do in Adelaide.

It is possible to visit the Gaol on a self-guided tour 7-days a week, with opening hours between 10 am and 4 pm (last admission 3 pm). Or, if you fancy a more in-depth experience, it is possible to book one of the many guided tours that operate around Adelaide, the main focus being the ghost sightings at the City Gaol. Doing one of the ghost tours is one of the best things to do in Adelaide at night.

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Take a tour of the Adelaide Oval

One of the most popular Adelaide attractions in the centre of Adelaide, and definitely one of the best things to do with teenagers in Adelaide, is to take a tour of the Adelaide Football Oval. These tours give you a unique insight into the behind-the-scenes activities, the cultural heritage, and general importance to the Adelaide sporting scene this stadium has played over the years.

Giving you access to areas of the stadium that are normally inaccessible, these tours will take you on a 2.5km route around this great stadium, including even inside the 100-year-old, heritage-listed scoreboard. If you are a sports lover this should be the top of your list of fun things to do in Adelaide during your Adelaide holiday with teenagers.

Once your tour is over, relax in the onsite Koffee Ink cafe, which sits overlooking the Adelaide riverbank. As well as refreshing drinks and light snacks, this cafe also offers a more hearty meal for those who have worked up an appetite from the tour.

Other options for food and drink at the oval include:

  • Malt Shovel Taphouse
  • (A)Lure Champagne & Seafood Bar
  • Hill of Grace Restaurant

Roof climb the Adelaide Oval

Once you are done with your tour, why not see the grounds and the city around you from a completely different perspective, from above! 

People on the roof tour of the Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Oval also offers the opportunity of a roof climb, giving you an absolutely unique experience in Adelaide of seeing the stadium from a birds-eye perspective and seeing how big it really is. This is the perfect activity in Adelaide for anyone who loves an adrenaline rush with a view to boot.

There is a range of different climbs available, ranging from $109 – $235, depending on when you choose to go. View all of the available options and book your experience of a lifetime today.

A unique yoga experience at the Adelaide oval for teens

For any yoga enthusiasts out there, there is also the unique experience of starting off another fantastic day in Adelaide with a morning yoga session with a bit of a twist. Stretching off and waking the body up at the highest point of the Adelaide Oval is sure to get the heart racing, and is sure to wake you up more than any morning coffee could.


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Tour the City of Adelaide by bike

One of the best ways to get around the city of Adelaide with teens on a warm, summer day is with the fresh breeze of a cycle tour. Visit all of the main sights around the city by bike in no time at all and get some fantastic exercise as you go.

Best of all? It is completely FREE. This scheme has been offered since 2005 and is Adelaide’s way of creating a more environmentally friendly, greener, and less congested city. Put this on your Adeliade itinerary of you are looking for free things to do in Adelaide with kids.

a bike in Adelaide

The city of Adelaide offers free bike rental to those in possession of a driver’s license, passport, or Australian proof of age card. This will be held as a deposit during the duration of your hire and will be given back upon return of the bike. Rental is available from a range of retailers across the city.

NOTE – By law, it is mandatory that a helmet is worn whenever and wherever you ride a bicycle in Australia. Don’t let your day be ruined by an unexpected fine or accident by not wearing a helmet. Helmets should be provided by any bike rental retailer.

Shop at the Central Market

With vibrant colours, delicious smells, and an enveloping atmosphere, Adelaide Central Market is an easy way to bring any day in the city to life and what travelling teen doesn’t love a wander around a market! For over 150 years, the Adelaide Central Market has been a thriving hub of trade, culture and community for everyone in Adelaide, local and tourist alike.

people browsing the Adelaise Market

Proudly operating as one of the largest undercover fresh food markets in the southern hemisphere, the Adelaide Central Market hosts over 70 traders offering a wide range of fruit, vegetables, cheese meat and seafood. No matter what time of year you visit, the Central Market is sure to be thriving with life as it is open and trading all year round. 

Even if you do not intend to buy anything, a walk around this beautiful and bustling building is an enjoyable experience. The sounds, smells and general energy of the place bring the day to life. If that doesn’t do the job, there are loads of local coffee shops surrounding the markets where you can relax and simply people watch.  

Lose yourself at the MOD Museum

A highlight of the city for anyone who loves to learn about technology, the future and where we are all heading. The MOD museum is the University of South Australia’s exhibition on science, technology, and discovery, aimed at inspiring the younger generation into using their imagination.

The entry point to the MOD museum in Adelaide

With new exhibitions every six months, the seven galleries in the MOD showcasing how research and technology have and will shape the world us in the past and future. Although the exhibitions are mainly aimed at 15-25-year-olds, the interactivity of the exhibitions aims to engage with older audiences and the younger audience can still be entertained, however, may need some help.

The MOD is one of the best things to do in Adelaide for free and is located just east of Adelaide Central Station.

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Segway tour in the city

If you are looking for awesome things to do in Adelaide with family, your teenagers in Adelaide will love Segway. Segway is just so much fun as you cruise around the city on 2 wheels seeing the sights. A Segway tour of the city’s riverbank area or along Glenelg is ideal for families and is one of the top outdoor activities Adelaide has to offer.

The riverbank tour covers Adelaide highlights such as Adelaide Oval, the Riverbank Bridge, and Adelaide Zoo.

The Glenelg tour includes Glenelg Foreshore, Glenelg Marina, Patawolonga Creek, and vibrant Moseley Square. Don’t be afraid you get a short introduction on the basics of riding Segway in Adelaide and off you go.

Learn to surf in Adelaide with teenagers

Adelaide is a beach city with the waterfront playing a huge part in this cities lifestyle. Teenagers visiting Adelaide can take a surfing lesson and get a feel of the waves. A qualified surfing instructor teaches the basics of how to surf or assists you to refine your existing skills.

white sand blue skies and people sitting on the beach in Adelaide

Your experienced instructor will teach your travelling teens the basics of how to paddle, pick waves and stand up on the surfboard. All the equipment you need to learn how to surf in Adelaide is supplied along with a souvenir photo.

All equipment will be provided you just need to show up with the right attitude and hit the waves. Is there any sport more Australian than surfing?

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Free walking tour in Adelaide

We are big lovers of the free Walking Tours offered in many cities around the globe. They market the tours as free but you are encouraged to make a small donation at the end of the walking tour if you enjoyed it. A tour in Adelaide will take you through the city and show you all of the sites you should be visiting. The best thing about the tours is that the guide works really hard for your tips at the end.

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Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is Australia’s second-oldest zoo and one of the top tourist attractions in Adelaide. It is located north of the CBD making it easy to access. The zoo is home to 300 native and exotic species, with over 3,000 animals on site. What makes Adelaide Zoo unique is that it is the only one in Australia that has Giant Pandas. The zoo is home to two giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi.

a panda sitting on the green grass at Adelaide

The South-East Asian exhibition which simulates walking through the jungle is outstanding. You will see Sumatran tigers and orangutans up close and personal. Visiting the Adelaide Zoo is one of the top things to do in Adelaide with kids and teenagers.

Axe Throwing in Adelaide

Axe Throwing is a new phenomenon that is sweeping around the world. Adelaide is home to Maniax, a successful chain of venues in most Australian capital cities. The MANIAX mission statement goes like this “Axe Throwing is about getting together with friends and doing something different” Axe throwing might be just the family competition that will last in the memories forever.

I am sure your teenager’s visiting Adelaide will head home talking about this experience. For parents, the venue is licensed so you can enjoy a throw and drink. Food and drinks for the whole family are available at Maniax.

Mount Lofty descent bike tour from Adelaide

What better way to see the countryside than on a bike! The Mount Lofty bike tour runs downhill the whole way making it easy going for the whole family and is a great activity in Adelaide for teens. Your descent can include stops at the Cleland Wildlife Park to experience native animals.

This small-group tour delivers you to the top of the mountain then picks you up at the bottom to transport you back to Adelaide on your family vacation in Australia.

Paintball in Adelaide

Experience Adelaide paintball, 30 minutes away from the CBD. Paintball can be a fun way to experience a family adventure with teenagers whether on the same team or the opposing team. Paintball Adelaide has been opened for over 20 years providing guests with a bushland setting to get their war on.

Mna playing paintabll

You will be supplied with guns, ammo and protective clothing before your experience begins. Kids from 10 years and up are welcome to play.

Watch an AFL match in Adelaide

Adelaide is home to two teams in the Australian Football League. The Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power play games in Adelaide every weekend during the football season. The Football season runs from March through September. Both teams play their matches out of the Adelaide Oval.

Shopping in Adelaide

Adelaide is the largest city in South Australia. This being the case it is also the shopping capital of the State with department stores and boutiques lining the streets. The main shopping area is in and around Rundle Mall in the city centre. Below you find some great locations for shopping with teenagers in Adelaide.

shopping centre popular with teenagers in Adelaide
  • Rundle Mall has more than 700 retailers in one convenient pedestrian-friendly strip, it’s Adelaide’s busiest, most popular shopping destination. Many buildings date back to the nineteenth, you will find boutiques, supermarkets and 15 small malls that lead off the main strip.
  • Burnside Village Shopping Centre is for glitz and glam with over 100 Australian and International Brands on display
  • Westfield Marion is the biggest shopping centre in South Australia. Over 400 stores filled with specialty shops, food outlets and big-name retailers.

Cinemas in Adelaide

Watching a movie is popular with teenagers on vacation anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema in Adelaide with teenagers is a great evening activity. You will find state of the art screens and sound for you to watch the latest blockbusters in Adelaide’s cinemas. Some cinemas even have reclining chairs and Gold Class with food and drinks. Below is a list of some of the Adelaide cinemas

10 Pin Bowling in Adelaide

If you’re looking for a bit of fun, friendly family competition in Adelaide then 10 pin bowling might be just the activity for you and your teenagers. You can go 10 pin bowling in Adelaide at a number of different locations in the city centre. These days a lot of bowling alleys serve food and drinks along with having arcade games etc. Below is a list of some high rated 10 pin bowling alleys in Adelaide

Escape Rooms in Adelaide

For those new to Escape Rooms, this is a quick rundown of the how and why.

An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.

Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Almaty with teenagers. Below you will find the best of Adelaide Escape Rooms

Going to the gym in Adelaide with teenagers

Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling with teens it does not mean you need to stop working out. You can even go to the gym in Adelaide.

girl at the gym in Adelaide

In Adelaide, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Day passes start at 16 euros a day while a week pass costs 45 euros. You can find a list of gyms in Adelaide at the Local Fitness website

Day trips from Adelaide with teenagers

Australia is such a huge country and seeing some of the sights out of the main cities is a great way to add experiences to your Australian holiday. These day trips from Adelaide should be on your Adelaide itinerary.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is known for its unique wildlife that lives only on the island. The island was discovered by British explorers who were stunned to see that the animals on the island were very approachable. Kangaroos in the mainland are usually very wary of humans but the island had no human inhabitants for nearly two thousand years so animals who lived there were not as terrified of our kind.

Since its discovery, Kangaroo Island has become a prime Adeliade tourist attraction. Over 140,000 tourists visit the island each year. The trip to Kangaroo Island includes the need to take a ferry from Cape Jarvis to the Island. Kangaroo Island in one day is a big trip with 5.5 hours with return travel time.

Victor Harbour

Around 90 minutes drive from Adelaide CBD is Victor Harbour. This trip is best done on a sunny day with many waterside activities available. The beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula are great for a swim or a stroll along. Experience a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island, and learn about the Whaling past at the Whale Centre.

For those teens into skateboards, there is a park on the foreshore while the Port Elliot bakery makes some of the best treats in all of South Australia. Look out for the farmers market every weekend.

Frequently asked questions about Australia

What type of power socket do they use in Australia?

The 3-flat-pin plug is used in all states of Australia 

Can you drink tap water in Adelaide?

It is fine to drink tap water in Adelaide and any other Australian city. You can buy a Filtered Drink Bottle for your trip today

How do I call the Police in Adelaide?

To call emergency services in Australia you dial 000

Is tipping required in Adelaide?

No tipping is not required in Australia

Where to stay with teens in Adelaide

At the top of the article, we suggested some Adelaide accommodation choices. If you are looking for a wider variety of choices please find below an interactive map from Booking.com for you to find your perfect stay in Adelaide with family.

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Weather in Adelaide

Weather in Adelaide can reach extremes in the summer months with temperatures rising into the high 40’s. Expect long sunny days with average temperatures in the mid 20″.  Daytime temperatures during the winter generally sit between 13ºC and 15ºC and rarely ever fall below 10ºC.  Average temperatures during the shoulder season of Autumn and Spring range anywhere from 9ºC to 22ºC, making an ideal time for a vacation in Adelaide.

We hope that you have enjoyed this article contributed by Gemma and Campbell from Highlands2hammocks.co.uk for us here at Wyld Family Travel. No matter what your flavor for adventure is, the city of Adelaide is sure to have just the thing for you. Whether it is the fascinating history of the older buildings or interactive and addictive displays at the cities museums, a day out in Adelaide is set to be one of fun, laughter, and memories. 

For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Australia click through to our Australia Destination Page for more brilliant inspiration.

Travel with teenagers and tweens. Travelling with older kids has just as many issues as travelling with younger kids. Choosing the best teenage vacation destinations can be so time-consuming. Use our Travel with Teenagers Destination Guides from all over the world for your next family vacation inspiration to make your family vacations with teens epic.


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Father, husband, traveller and chief destination manager here at Wyld Family Travel. When Mark is not talking travel or planning travel you will find him working in disability support. Mark is a family travel advocate having travelled to over 45 countries with his kids from 10 months old, through to their teenage years. You will find his work here and on other popular websites.

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