Oahu has something for everyone: lovestruck honeymooners, adventurous surfers, and eager tourists. So what if you’ve got kids in tow? Well here’s a list of things around the beautiful island that everyone will enjoy on your Hawaii family vacation!
1. Honolulu Zoo
Located in Queen Kapiʻolani Park, the Honolulu Zoo is just a short walk from Waikiki Beach. A fun activity for the whole family, the zoo houses over 1,230 animals in specially designed habitats. Just don’t forget the sunscreen and water as it can get toasty!
2. Waikiki Aquarium
The second oldest public aquarium in the US is fun, and educational, for the whole family. The aquarium is home to over 3,500 organisms of 490 species of marine plants and animals and perfect for young kids since it’s on the small side and takes about an hour to walk through. One of the easier Oahu activities for families!
3. Ala Moana Beach
Located on the stretch of coast between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana Beach is a great place for families because of the calm waters. Less crowded than Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana is free and is protected by a shallow outer coral reef, making it a great place for a swim with the kids.
The larger the waves, the larger the spray at this fun outing for tourists of all ages. Also known as the “Peering Place” the blowhole is a natural occurrence formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. Just a 10-15 minute drive from Waikiki, Halona Blowhole also has a scenic walk along the coast that everyone can enjoy.
5. Dole Pineapple Plantation
The plantation, which originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, has been open to the public for over 25 years. Hop aboard the Pineapple Express Train Tour, which is a fun time for the whole family. And don’t leave without getting some of that delicious pineapple ice-cream.
6. Hawaii Discovery Center
Local parents give this center rave reviews for having activities for children of all ages. With three floors of interactive fun, your child is sure to enjoy themselves. The cafe offers kid-friendly food choices and they also host birthday parties if you plan in advance.
7. Waimea Valley Audubon Center
This nature park and botanical gardens provides a nice mix of history and nature for everyone. Located on the north shore of Oahu, the park has a 3.5 mile self-guided nature trail through a tropical rainforest, which leads to 40 foot high Waihi Falls.
8. Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park
Voted on the top 10 family adventures for Oahu, the water park is located in Kapolei. About 20 minutes from Honolulu Airport, this wet adventure has over 25 attractions and will be fun for the thrill seekers in your family!
9. Kalama Beach
Known for its spectacular views, Kalama Beach is great for bodyboarding. Parking is limited so get there early and enjoy the day at this beach located on Oahu’s windward coast.
10. Polynesian Cultural Center
One of the most booked tours in Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a full day adventure for everyone. Take a canoe ride where a paddling guide leads you through the lagoon as you pass native villages, and definitely stay for the evening luau!