Hawaii for Families: Activities and Tours the Whole Family Will Love
There are plenty of activities in Hawaii for families, depending on what each family has in mind. Most Malihini (visitors) don’t spend their entire time on the beach or under an umbrella.Travelers looking to learn more about the Aloha State and the people that inhabit it, a trip to the Bishop Museum or the award-winning Polynesian Cultural Center is essential. From there, you can take part in an authentic luau, or marvel at the breathtaking Polynesian show “Ha: Breath of Life” in the museum’s theater. History buffs will need to visit Pearl Harbor as well, which is as informative as it is solemn—an important visit for children and adults alike. For outdoorsy families—families that are always active—Hawaii is a true paradise. Head out into the famous Waikiki surf and try your hand at Hawaii’s fabled pastime. In winter, Oahu’s North Shore buzzes with championship surfing. Go swim with dolphins and pilot whales on Oahu’s western coast with Wild Side Specialty Tours. Or, if you want to stay on land, take the family to idyllic Kualoa Ranch in Oahu for horseback riding along the ridge of the incredible Ka’a’awa Valley.For young families, or families who want to view wildlife in a more controlled environment, a trip to Sea Life Park is ideal. Kids can learn about the rich biodiversity of the Hawaiian Islands and even pet the dolphins! The Waikiki Aquarium is yet another great trip, containing over 3,000 species of marine animals. For some good old-fashioned amusement, Wet’N’Wild Hawaii is a family institution, only 25 miles west of Honolulu. Enjoy the 25 rides and attractions, featuring a 400,000 gallon wave pool, a lazy river, and an 18-hole mini golf course.