Kid Friendly Things To Do While In Oahu Hawaii
As some of you know my family and I currently live in Hawaii, and it has been a wonderful experience for us! This is by far our favorite place. I will probably have to drag my husband onto the plane when it is time to leave! We don’t have family close by to babysit, so we often have to find kid and baby friendly things to do! We have yet to travel to the other islands, but when we do, I will share the kid friendly things they have to offer as well! So if a trip or move to Oahu is in your near future with your little ones, you are in the right place!
Kualoa Ranch is an awesome place for families; there are many types of activities. A post about our adventures at Kualoa Ranch coming soon! You can check out their website here for more information.
Pearl Harbor is a definite must see while on Oahu. I would not suggest taking very small children; it is a somber place, especially when at the memorial. There is a movie you watch before hand and it isn’t very fun to take a baby or toddler to. Older children will have a good time, plus it is a great history lesson for them! It is a beautiful place, and important place of history, mom and dad will love it for sure!
This is a great place to snorkel and swim with the kids. The waves are not rough and the water is shallow near the beach. If it is your first time, you will watch a video about the wild life and the things not to do while snorkeling. They offer guided snorkel tours and also have snorkel gear that you can rent for a fee of course, but probably still cheaper than buying a set while on the island. There is a $7.50 fee for park entry per person, if you are military or Hawaiian resident then you can enter the park for free. The best time to go is in the morning because it does get crowded throughout the day. You can check out their website here for more information and to schedule the guided tour if you choose.
Kailua Beach Park
By far one of the prettiest beaches on Oahu, the water is crystal clear and the sand is soft and white! I definitely recommend this beach for anyone who visits the island! The whole town of Kailua is a must see, it is the cutest little beach town.
The Dole Plantation is located on the North Shore of Oahu. They offer all types of kid and family friendly activities. A pineapple express train tour (rated awesome by Lucca), a garden tour, and a pineapple garden maze. They have a gift shop with all kinds of goodies to take home as souvenirs. While you are there, grab lunch in their plantation grille, it’s delicious and don’t forget the Dole whip!
Family Friendly Hikes
A great hike for families. It is a fairly steep hike to the top, but not a very hard one; the hardest part is the 99 steps to get to top to the old military bunkers. You can skip the stairs if you choose and take a easier route around them, either way takes you to the top. The views of Honolulu are amazing once you reach the top! There is no shaded areas so pack lots of water and sunscreen! There are benches on the path for anyone needing a break. I once saw a lady hike diamond head in high heals, if she can make it so can you! Although I suggest wearing tennis shoes! The parking lot fills up fast so morning is the best time to go. There is a fee to park.
A great family friendly hike that is mostly all shaded and in a jungle like setting with awesome natural streams and lots of mud (don’t wear your favorite pair of shoes). Not a very long or challenging hike but a great one to take the family on. Once you reach the end of the hike, there is a pretty waterfall to look at while you take a break before heading back to the starting point. It does cost to park but it is free to hike. Take plenty of water, it gets pretty hot even though the hike is shaded.
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
Some of the best views of the east side of Oahu once you reach the top of the trail. Makapu’u is very family and stroller friendly as it is paved all the way up. There are some stairs at the top where you will get great views of the lighthouse. There is a spot to leave the stroller at the bottom of the stairs. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen, there is no shade and it gets hot! During the winter months this is a great place to see whales jumping out of the ocean, so do not forget your binoculars!