Activities for Teenagers in Heartland Lakes

It’s usually easy to find vacation activities for the young ones, but what about activities for the teens in your family? Good news: there is something for even the pickiest teenagers in Heartland Lakes.


Let Them Ride in ATVs or Side-by-Sides

A ride through the forest with their friends in an offroad vehicle will be something your teens will remember for a lifetime. The “Off-Road Triangle” – from Paul Bunyan State Forest to Two Inlets State Forest then down to Huntersville State Forest – has over 200 miles of ATV and Side-by-Side trails through towering pines. Giving new drivers the chance to navigate the trails on their own (or at least be the driver with you by their side!) will be an empowering experience.


Bond While Hunting and Fishing

What better bonding activity for you and your teen than hunting and fishing in Heartland Lakes. Hunters here enjoy hunting large and small game as well as waterfowl and birds – duck hunting is especially popular given the 400+ lakes in the area – depending on the season. For the fishers, Muskie, Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout and pan fish populate our lakes and streams, so there’s always something new to find! And while you’re waiting for your next catch or kill, you can chat and catch up on life together.


Shop and Dine Together

Heartland Lakes has great shopping and dining options! Stop for a bite at The Good Life Cafe, or grab dessert at Muskie Waters Co. before you shop at places like Kathryn’s on Main Lazy One, Rustique North and Dorset Books & Candy Shack. A great meal and unique shopping is a great experience for your burgeoning foodie.


Challenge Them With a Hike

There are several state parks and forests in or near Heartland Lakes that are home to hundreds of miles of hiking trails, ranging from short and simple hikes to more challenging, longer day hikes and overnight trips. The most famous place is Itasca State Park, which is home to the headwaters of the Mississippi! You can also visit places like Two Inlets State Forest and Paul Bunyan State Forest to get some great hiking in. Your growing lover of the outdoors will thank you!

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