What activities are good for kids and adults?
It depends on how old your kids are, but if you are into hiking, some easy trails that I recommend are Diamond Head, Manoa Falls, and the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail. They are all very different, with unique views.
Diamond Head will give you a beautiful view of the iconic crater as well as the ocean and city. Make sure you bring hats and sunscreen on this one, as it can be hot and sunny depending on the time of day.
Manoa Falls will take you into the jungle (very muddy so be prepared!) and will lead you to a gorgeous waterfall. Mosquito repellent is recommended for this hike. The
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is paved the whole way and will give you an ocean view. Also make sure to bring hats/sunscreen for this hike.
Waikiki is also very well known for having a lot of festivals and block parties that are child friendly so I recommend this page to check out what is happening when you are here.
There is also the Waikiki Aquarium [https://www.waikikiaquarium.org/]
And, the Honolulu Zoo [https://honoluluzoo.org/]
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is also a great choice!
Bishop Museum also has a lot of cultural history
There are also various lunch and dinner cruises where you can watch whales depending on the season, or watch fireworks at sunset. Below are some links:
[https://www.captainbobspicnicsail.com/] (this one is in Kaneohe)
[https://hawaiipirateship.com/] (this last one is a pirate ship adventure!)
Here is an additional link with more suggestions:
Aloha! There are many things to do here on Oahu that both adults and children would enjoy!
One of my personal favorite’s?
The Kualoa Ranch…
They offer so much to do, and they even take memorable pictures for you and your family to take home. They have shirts, hats, and other souvenirs that are fun and available for purchase. They also have food and drinks available on site.
Some of the activities they offer are:
ATV Adventures, Jurassic Valley Zipline Tours, Horseback Riding Tours, Kayak Adventure Tours, Mountain Bike Riding Tours, UTV Raptor Tours, and many other fun activities that you may be interested in.
Many of their sites were made famous by Hollywood Movies and t.v. shows.
Another Great Place for the family?
Wet n Wild Water Park…
At Wet n Wild there are water rides like Keiki Core, which is a child friendly water slide. They also have the Surf Slider Ride, adults love this one! There are many water activities available and it is on the West side of the island where it’s almost always sunny.
For those who would like to work up a sweat before cooling down in the water they also have the Island Adventure Golf, which is a mini golf course that has 18 holes.
Feeling hungry after a full day? No worries, they also host the Chief’s Luau where you will be both fed Hawaiian food, and entertained at the end of your day. You can make the arrangements through Wet n Wild’s website.
As other posters mentioned, I’d highly recommend taking a trip to Hanauma Bay, but it can be VERY busy there, so go on a week day if you can and try to get there VERY EARLY. You can take DA BUS (Honolulu’s transit system) directly there, it takes a while, but is low cost if you have a group. There are also many different options for shuttles there that range from about $15-$30 depending on the tours they offer, but if you are coming with a family I suggest you rent a car for your stay TURO is the Airbnb of cars, and you can find great deals from local car owners (and a few tips from them as well). I also recommend buying a few sets of masks from a local ABC store, it will save you money (and waiting in line time) at the bay, and skip the flippers, you can get a full experience there with just a mask and mouth piece. They will also come in handy at most beaches, and are good at keeping water out of inexperienced swimmer’s noses
Speaking of beaches, skip Waikiki Beach in favor of Ala Moana Beach Park. Friendly waves, local families, and some actual breathing room (Waikiki Beaches leave you feeling like a family of sardines), but all the same breathtaking views. Trust me on this and thank me later
I also HIGHLY recommend the Judd Trail for a family friendly hike. Diamond Head is beautiful and worth the hike, but is also normally overwhelmed with people and can be a bit too hard for younger hikers. The Judd Trail is close to the Pali Lookout (definitely check that out while you are there) and is an easy mile loop with kid friendly waterfalls and scenery that will leave adults feeling serene.
Finally, for that one possible rainy day, the Bishop Museum should be on any family’s list! Their planetarium shows are amazing (and funny) and their Science Center will keep your kids engaged (and learning).
Hope you enjoy Hawai’i!
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I saw some other recommendations for Sea Life Park so I just wanted to hop in to say the Ka Moana Lūʻau is a great show for kids & adults both…and includes admission to the park too! You can go do both the same day or go back to the park another day (within 7 days after your lūʻau).