Teens will find plenty of good times in Vancouver.

Fun Places for Teens to Go in Vancouver, Washington

by Jane Rodda

Resting on the north bank of the Columbia River, the city of Vancouver, Washington, has a lot of exciting opportunities for teenagers. The picturesque area features Mount St. Helens as a backdrop with thick forests of pine trees and greenery throughout the region. Outdoor enthusiasts thrive in Vancouver along with those who enjoy city attractions. Teens can find it all in this city across the river from Portland.

1. Game Centers

At Allen Crosley's Lanes, your teens can go for a few rounds of bowling just for the fun of it or they can join a youth league. It has a majors division for ages 12 to 19. Another option with a lot more than just bowling is Big Al's. It has galaxy bowling, which is bowling with glow-in-the-dark features, league play, a 4,000-square-foot arcade that includes games such as Tetris giant, Guitar Hero, air hockey, skee ball and a typhoon simulator, and a full-menu of food options at the sports grill. For teens who like to see how acrobatic they can be, G6 Airpark is an arena with wall-to-wall trampolines. Dodgeball games, basketball dunking and a gymnastics trick zone are some of the activities at the facility.

2. Movies and Live Theatre

For a state-of-the-art night out at the movies, Cinetopia has two locations in Vancouver. With extra wide leather seats, grand stadium viewing and 3-D showings, your teens can view the latest movies in style. For a more vintage-like venue, Kiggins Theatre shows a number of classics in an old-style theater. If you have an aspiring actor or actress in your midst, perhaps an audition or acting class is in order. Serendipity Players features live theatrical performances, acting classes for ages 13 and older, and open auditions for upcoming shows.

3. Outdoor Adventure

Teens can always use some fresh air. Columbia Springs is a fish hatchery and wildlife preserve open to the public. Visitors can walk through the trails and see all sorts of wildlife, feed fish and learn a bit about what goes into running a fish hatchery. For an excellent recreational area, Frenchman's Bar Park is on the Columbia River. It is 120 acres of sports fields, fishing access points, trails, volleyball nets, water access for wind surfers and boats, and picnicking areas.

4. Teen Centers

The Firstenburg Community Center features a teen center open to middle and high school students. It has video games, pingpong tables, billiards, foosball, movie showings and open gym nights. It also has an indoor community pool with a waterslide. The Marshall Community Center has a similar teen center with air hockey, video games, movies and teen late-night events. During the summer, it offers a teen day camp for ages 11 to 15. It has scavenger hunts, games, sporting activities and swimming scheduled throughout the week.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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