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From Tots to Teens: 5 Great Things to Do in Kauai with Kids


Kauai isn’t just a vacation destination for adrenaline lovers and honeymooners.  In fact, it’s the ideal location to spend a vacation with children!  Although the island is pretty small, there are plenty of activities to take part in that kids of all ages will love.  In this article, we’ll take a look at 5 of the best that will keep the kids entertained, and the parents happy too.

1. Kilohana Plantation

Although your younger kids may not understand the historical importance of plantations, your teenagers will, and they may just find it to be an interesting experience.  Even better, the Kilohana Plantation gives visitors the opportunity to take a train ride through the plantation.  Your little ones will love this experience, and you may even relax as you make your way through the animal enclosures and fruit trees on the land.

2. Lydgate Beach Park

The Lydgate Beach Park contains everything you could possibly need to enjoy a fun day at the beach.  White sand, crystal clear waters, two protected swimming pools, lifeguards, and a playground for the little ones.  Teenagers will love snorkeling as the reefs here are fantastic and brimming with fish, whilst younger children will enjoy spending their time in the calm pools.  Lydgate Beach Park is also centrally located, so it should be easy to travel to, no matter which Kauai beach resort you have decided to stay at.

3. Wailua Falls

The Wailua Falls are a popular photo spot, and also used to be the location where members of the Hawaiian Royal Family would jump to show their prowess and power to the islanders.  The beauty of them does depend on the amount of rainfall the island has had, but they’re definitely worth visiting if you’re spending any amount of time on the island.  If traveling with teenagers, you may even want to risk a hike down to the basin, especially if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush!

4. Kamikola Hawaiian Village

If you’ve been staying in a luxury Hawaiian resort such as the Koloa Landing (click here to view their luxurious resort on Kauai), you may want to get away from it for a day to see how the native islanders used to live.  The Kamikola Hawaiian Village will enable you to do just that.  The village stands as a reminder of how people used to live before Western contact.  Not only can you see the buildings of a time long past, but you may also get the opportunity to see workshops on cloth making and agriculture.  This is sure to be interesting for all the family.

5. Koke’e State Park

Located inland from the Na Pali Coast and just north of Waimea Canyon, Koke’e State Park offers plenty of attractions for all members of the family.  Nature trails and camping facilities are available for those who want to get a feel of the true outdoors, whilst a visitor center, museum, and lodge will teach you more about the area.  The Koke’e State Park is elevated compared to the rest of the island, though, so make sure you pack some warmer clothing if you plan on spending more than a few hours here.

Have you traveled to Kauai with kids? Let us know what your favorite attractions were in the comments.