If you are coming to Venice with your teenager kids you may want to know if this city will be the right place for them.
In this article, we have tried to list all the activities that you can do in Venice as young adult or teenager.
You will see that the city offers plenty of choices for people of all ages.
So do not worry about your upcoming trip and check out here all the activities that young adult can do in Venice.
What can young adults do in Venice? 20 activities perfect for teenagers
Venice, with its unique atmosphere and historic architecture, is a city that captivates people of all ages.
While for many people the image of Venice is just romance and gondola rides, there is much more that appeals to young adults and teenagers.
From museums and galleries to water sports and shopping, Venice has something to offer everyone.
In this article, we will explore 20 things to do in Venice for young adults, giving you a comprehensive guide to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful city.
20. A tour among some of the greatest European masterpieces
The Gallerie dell'Accademia is an art museum in Venice that showcases a diverse collection of Italian Renaissance masterpieces.
From paintings by Titian and Tintoretto to great sculptures, this museum is a must-visit for art lovers.
19. The visit of the area around the Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Venice.
It spans the Grand Canal and offers breathtaking views of the city and architecture. Take a stroll across the bridge and take in the sights and sounds of Venice.
However, if you are looking for something that also young adults and teenagers would enjoy, you just have to look around the bridge.
You can visit the typical Market, have shopping and enjoy the delicious aperitif with cicchetti.
Don't you know what we are talking about? Check out our guide here!
18. Explore the Ghetto
The Ghetto that you can visit in Venice is the oldest Jewish quarter in Europe.
It is such an important part of the history of the city and here you can visit synagogues, shops, and museums and learn so much about the lives of the residents.
Every now and then, many exhibitions are organized here, so it is the perfect place to do something different with teenagers and young adults.
17. Some shopping in the best shopping area
Have you ever heard about the Mercerie?
They are not just one, but actually many shopping streets that run through the heart of the historic center.
Here, you can find everything from souvenirs to high-end clothing and jewelry.
It's a great place to get a feel for local life and culture and of course it's beloved by teenagers!
16. Take a gondola ride
Even teenagers would love riding a gondola in the heart of the city. This is simply an experience that no one can miss!
Gliding through the picturesque canals, it's a timeless emotion that is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
Just remember to book it in advance (but you can have a look at all our tips here).
15. Visit one of the most iconic museums of modern art
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the museum that we definitely suggest for young adults and teenagers.
It's the perfect place for people of all ages, because of the many exhibitions, events and workshops organized there.
It's also located in a beautiful palace on the Grand Canal and features works by some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
It's a great opportunity to enjoy works by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali.
14. Admire the process of glass making
If you organize a trip to Murano, an island that is very close to the historic center of Venice, you could decide to make a stop at one of the many Glass Factories.
Here, you can watch skilled artisans create beautiful glassware, from intricate figurines to delicate vases. You can also purchase unique and beautiful pieces to take home as souvenirs.
13. Join a group tour visiting the seat of the power of the ancient Venice
The Doge's Palace is a magnificent Gothic palace that was once the seat of power for the Doges, the leader of Venice.
Today, it is a museum that showcases the history of the city, including its political and cultural heritage. Additionally, teenagers can enjoy its visit because of the guided tour called "Secret Itineraries"!
12. Visit one of the most impressive buildings of Venice
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a beautiful Renaissance building that was once a confraternity for the city's wealthy merchants.
Today, it is one of the greatest museums of the city and it hides magnificent works of art inside of it.
11. One of the best things to do in Venice for teenagers: a trip to Lido
If you are coming to Venice during the summer with your teenagers kids, you should definitely consider a trip to Lido island.
It's located very close to the historical center of the city and it is a popular destination for tourists and Venetians alike, offering beautiful beaches, water sports, and a laid-back atmosphere. If you are coming here in September, you could get the chance to see some Hollywood movie stars attending the Venice Film Festival.
This is a charming place for young adults!
10. Take your time for a walking tour along the Zattere
Located in the southern part of the Dorsoduro district, the Zattere is a panoramic walk very appreciated by youth.
Here you can have a nice aperitif while looking at the lagoon, eat a great gelato and meet many students of the local university.
9. Explore the greatest gardens of Venice
If you are looking for something to do outdoors, there is another place you can go.
Go past the famous Saint Mark's Square and reach the Giardini Pubblici, a public park located close to the Arsenale. The park is a great place to relax, read a book, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.
It is also one of the most important accesses to many Pavillions of the Biennale.
8. Visit the greatest Venetian shipyard
Another great thing to be done with teenagers and young adults is to visit the local Arsenale.
It's such an important part of the history of the city and it has been the symbol of the maritime power of the Serenissima for centuries.
Related to the Arsenale, there is also the Museum of Naval History that can help visitors understand how great the power of the city has been. There is also a reconstruction of the mythical Bucintoro, the ship of the Doges.
7. Step into the famous Frari
Even if you teenager kids are not so much into the history of art, the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is a place you should definitely visit.
It's a beautiful Gothic church and also one of the largest in Venice.
The interiors of the church are astonishing, revealing precious works of art, including the tombs of famous artists, like Canova and Titian.
6. Explore the islands of the lagoon
In case you are in Venice for more than just a couple of days, you could decide to organize a tour to the islands.
There are so many travel agencies and boat companies that organize tours to the islands: you just have to select which island you wish to include.
You cannot forget the timeless classics like Burano, Murano and Torcello but you can also decide to explore Lido and Pellestrina.
5. Book your visit at the museum of Natural History
In our opinion, this is one of the best experiences for young adults visiting Venice.
Hosted inside the Fontego dei Turchi, the Museum of Natural History is an incredible must see. Strolling around its many rooms, you can have the chance to see giant skeletons and incredible archaeological finds.
This is a thrilling opportunity, for sure.
4. Join one of the many walking tours throughout the city center
One of the best things to do to get to know more about the city (and also meet other visitors) is to join a walking tour.
You can decide which part of the city you want to explore and you can also add a final food tasting! There are so many guided tours among which you can choose!
3. Have a wonderful view of the Grand Canal
The Ca' d'Oro is a beautiful Gothic palace that was once the home of a wealthy merchant. Today, it is a great museum that showcases the city's art and history.
More importantly, this palace is particularly famous for its ornate façade and breathtaking views of the Grand Canal.
2. Enjoy the local street food
Try Venetian cuisine Venetian cuisine is known for its use of fresh seafood and regional ingredients.
Try dishes like seafood risotto or bigoli in salsa, a local pasta dish, and enjoy a taste of Venice's rich culinary traditions.
However, what you shall try is called "cicchetti", something quite similar to the Spanish tapas!
1. Visit the island that faces Saint Mark's Basin
If you want to enjoy breathtaking views of the Venetian lagoon, you should definitely go to the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Not only has it a beautiful church with a bell tower resembling the one of Saint Mark's but it offers stunning panoramas at sunset.
It is an incredible place to go with teenagers also for its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere.
Ready for a last minute tip?
Take a night-time walk as Venice is a magical city at night, when the streets are lit by lanterns and the canals are illuminated by moonlight.
Explore the narrow streets, cross the bridges, and soak up the atmosphere of this unique and beautiful city.
If you want to know more, we have listed all the activities to do after sunset in this guide.