Five Things to do in Hawaii with Children
Hawaii is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world with plenty of water, sand, mountains and green space. With so many possibilities, sometimes deciding on the best activities can be difficult. These decisions can be even more difficult to decipher with children involved. Not all activities are suitable for every age group and keeping the young ones entertained and safe can be a challenge when the surroundings are unfamiliar. The island of Kauai has many suitable activities for the whole family within minutes of driving or right on the Kukuiula properties.
Hit The Beach!
This is the most popular reason that many families flock to Hawaii and Kauai has many beaches perfect for children of all ages. Poipu Beach Park is a frequent destination because of its vast amounts of golden sand and clear water. This beach offers a wide variety of activities including snorkeling, swimming, wading, surfing and boogie boarding that families with a wide age range of children can enjoy. In addition, Poipu Beach Park has convenient picnic areas and showers.
For those with adolescent children, Kukuila Bay offers calm water that is perfect for paddle boarding and other self-propelled boating and Kiahuna beach is ideal for those wanting to learn to surf. As the name implies, Baby beach is the place to be for toddlers. Teenagers would more likely prefer the bigger waves that can be found at Polihale, Cow’s Head and Haena beaches.
With the crystal clear waters that surround Kauai and the abundance of brightly colored fish and underwater plant life, heading out to see it all is a must for families. Those with older children can take part in snorkeling and scuba diving that cater to your skill and time commitment. Children of all ages will marvel at the humpback whales watching tours that surround the island from May to December. Kauai is also an excellent place to see dolphins.
For those looking for some exercise with their magnificent views and perfect weather, the smooth landscape and safe roads offer a great activity for young families. For more adventurous offspring, getting off the road and onto the trails with Mountain Bikes can fulfill any adrenaline junkie. The mountainous terrain offers picturesque landscape for downhill or cross-country riding of any skill level.
If two wheeled voyages are not your family’s cup of tea, the hiking trails of Kauai are unrivaled throughout the world. Explore the geography will lead to waterfalls, ponds and a variety of vegetation. For those unwilling to propel themselves, ATV and zip line tours are also available just minutes from the luxury estates.
Want some education to go along with your fun? Head out to the National Tropical Botanical Garden to see the largest display of Hawaiian plant life in the world. A few minutes here will reiterate why Kauai is called the garden island. The Botanical Research Center is also located here for the kids to learn why conservation of the land and its inhabitants that surrounds them is so important. Other activities that mix pleasure and discovery are the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge and Grove Farm Homestead Museum.
Upcountry Farm and Kukui’ula Property
For families that need a relaxing day, the luxury estates at Kukui’ula offer just that! On the large red soil farm the kids can help harvest the variety of local fruit or go fishing on the twenty-acre lake. The farm also includes large grassed areas to run around, play and picnic on. Swimming and lounging by one of the many pools is also an option for groups looking to wind down while still allowing the little ones all the fun they can handle.
Hawaii has a lot to offer families with children from babies to teenagers. From the oceans to the mountains, the island of Kauai offers it all with beautiful scenery. The most difficult part is not finding an activity; it’s deciding which one first!
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