Our Favorite Things to Do on Oahu with Kids
Bringing the little ones with you on a vacation can be both exciting and little stressful. Thankfully, Hawaii is an incredibly kid-friendly place with tons of activities for the little adventurers! We’ve compiled a list of our top recommendations for things to do on Oahu with kids organized from least to most expansive. We’re happy to help make your family vacation planning easier!
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Five of the Best Things to Do on Oahu with Kids
Our list of great kid-friendly activities is arranged with free and cheap suggestions at the top and more expensive recommendations at the end. We’ve included current prices with each activity, but be sure to double check before booking an excursion as prices and availability are always subject to change.
1. Visit the Beach
If you’re in Hawaii, you should definitely visit some of the gorgeous beaches on Oahu! Our sandy shores are known around the world as being the best, and there’s a good reason for it. Whether you’re interested in trying a new water sport or you’re just looking to lounge on the sand, there are plenty of beaches to suit your needs.
Cost: Depending on the beach and parking, typically very cheap or even free.
2. Experience the Dole Plantation
One of the top tourist destinations on the Islands, the Dole Plantation is a must-see excursion for kids! Weave through a pineapple garden maze or take an express train around the grounds and learn about how the plantation runs. At the end of your tour, be sure to get a large cup of Dole Whip to cool off!
Cost: For a combo ticket to ride the train, do the maze and visit the garden. Adults are $22 and kids ages four through 12 are $18. Kids under 4 are free.
3. Learn to Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay State Park is one of the top snorkeling spots in the world! See the tropical fish and turtles up close and personal. Here, you can experience some of the most beautiful coral, beaches and water around. First-time visitors are required to watch a brief nine-minute video introducing them to the preservation and explaining how to properly experience the environment without harming it in the process. This activity is perfect for people of all ages.
Cost: For round-trip transportation from Waikiki and snorkel equipment rental, it’s $25 a person. This does not include the $7.50 park fee. You can also drive and take a short bus from the parking lot to the beach. However, the parking lot often fills up before 7:30 a.m., so plan to be there early.
4. Visit Sea Life Park Aquarium
Dolphins, sharks, sea lions, and other marine creatures call the Sea Life Park Aquarium home. A visit to this attraction is an exciting way to see these incredible animals up close Watch amazing shows, visit the touch pool area, and learn about the sea and its native inhabitants. If it happens to rain while you’re in Hawaii or if you’re looking for a place to cool off, a visit to the Sea Life Park Aquarium is a must-do with kids of all ages.
Cost: For general admission, adults are $39.99 and kids ages three through 12 are $24.99. Kids under three are free. The aquarium also offers pricing that includes personalized animal encounters—find out more on their website.
5. Discover the Magic at Aulani Ka Wa’a Luau
Half Disney show, half authentic Hawaiian luau, the Aulani Ka Wa’a Luau is an experience your family will remember for years. Be sure to get there right when the gates open to experience all the activities that take place before the show, like learning the art of lei-making. During the show, kids are invited to dance with the performers. Plan on spending about three to four hours at this event, which is weather permitting and only held on certain days.
Cost: Adults are $129, kids between three and nine are $79. Kids under three are free. For VIP seating, adults are $169 and kids are $109.
Hawaii with Kids is Best at Your Home Away from Home
No hotel room can compete with a spacious vacation rental when it comes to bringing kids with you! At Private Homes Hawaii, we have an entire catalog of homes in Oahu for you to select from, all with our world-class concierge service and near many of these excellent things to do on Oahu with kids.
Our oceanfront Kailua home is a four-bedroom property with three and a half bathrooms, making it a spacious place to stay on your Hawaiian vacation with the family. Let the kids enjoy the quiet cul-de-sac and play on the grassy lawn. You can relax in the comfortable media room or on the back patio, which offers beautiful ocean views. The best perk about this property? It’s only two miles from Kailua Beach, one of the best beaches around!
Browse our complete catalog of beautiful properties on the island of Oahu and start planning your vacation today! We can’t wait to help you and your family have the trip of a lifetime.