The island of Oahu is absolutely overflowing with amazing things to see and do. If you’ve never been to Hawaii, this is likely the first island you’re visiting. It’s the perfect blend of big city and tropical paradise. Don’t be surprised to get stuck in traffic occasionally on your way to the beach. And if you’ve got kids in tow, we’ve compiled a list of our 5 favorite kid-friendly Oahu activities to help plan your visit.
Experience the rich culture of the Pacific Islands through interactive exhibits, traditional performances, and hands-on activities. Plan to spend several hours here and bring a stroller for your really young ones! Website: Polynesian Cultural Center
Of course there is wild life everywhere in Hawaii, but as a respectful visitor, you should always keep your distance. That means no touching turtles, give monk seals lots and lots of space, and in general, letting nature just be. But if you are hoping for a more hands-on and up close look into the ocean animals that make Hawaii unique, dive into the fascinating underwater world with your kids at Waikiki Aquarium, home to a variety of marine life and interactive exhibits. Get your tickets ahead of time! Website: Waikiki Aquarium
A bit of a tourist attraction, but to be honest, I spent a lot of my weekends as a high-schooler growing up on Oahu here with my friends to grab some dole whip on our way to the North Shore beaches. It’s very kid-friendly and an easy stop on the way to or from the beach. Have a pineapple-filled adventure at Dole Plantation, where families can enjoy the Pineapple Express Train Tour and the world’s largest maze. And seriously – don’t leave without getting some dole whip!! Website: Dole Plantation
Get up close and personal with marine animals through interactive shows, educational programs, and thrilling exhibits at Sea Life Park.
Website: Sea Life Park Hawaii
Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Hanauma Bay, a protected marine life conservation area with vibrant coral reefs and a variety of fish. One of our favorite kid-friendly Oahu activities. This beach is very calm and an easy snorkel spot for beginners of all ages. Tickets are now required to reduce over-crowding and ensure the safety of the animals and the reef. Website: Hanauma Bay
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And, of course, we don’t believe any trip to Hawaii is complete without booking a memorable beach photo session. Ready to capture your unforgettable Oahu family vacation? We can’t wait to meet you! Our Oahu team books up very fast. Please reach out at least one month before your session date here, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours with availability! https://wildesparrow.com/contact
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