The stunning “Garden Isle” of the Hawaiian Islands, you’ll never be bored with so many exploring options in Kauai. The great thing about this island is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to experience a whole lot of fun. When it comes to activities that you can do as a family, there are plenty of free activities that everyone can enjoy. Whether it be hikes, beaches, or walking around certain shops and learning experiences — Kauai is the perfect island to save money while still enjoying your vacation.
In fact, here are 9 exciting activities (that are free) to enjoy with the family:
A lava rock blowhole that will excite everyone in the family. Spouting Horn is located on Kauai’s South Shore and has a unique backstory of an enormous lizard! Sunsets here are also incredible if you can’t get enough of witnessing the blowhole spewing out water. This location is also a wonderful location to try and spot some humpback whales!
A definite must-stop while in Kauai, Wailua Falls is one of the most popular and well-known locations of the island. This impressive waterfall is truly unforgettable with its twinned streamers of water. Hike below and go swimming below the falls (with caution) or simply admire the falls and take pictures with it as your background.
Ke’e Beach Park has everything you need for snorkeling and sunbathing. Go dive underneath the waters and try to spot tropical fish together as the lifeguards keep a close watch on all swimmers at this beach. In need of some facilities during your visit? No problem! There are restrooms and showers in case you want a quick rinse off after a day full of swimming. If you’re wanting a little more exciting, don’t be afraid to hike the Kalalau Trail close by.
A safe, kid-friendly beach awaits at Kalapaki Beach in Kauai! Take a swim, bodyboard along the waves, indulge in some paddleboarding, and partake in some beach sports. There truly is an incredible amount of things to do at this beach without breaking the bank. There are no lifeguards, so be careful when swimming in the water. What there is, however, is plenty of restaurants and shops nearby as well as restrooms and showers.
On the north shore Kauai lays one of the most popular beaches of the Hawaiian Islands. Hanalei Bay is extremely popular, offering a wide array of water activities you can enjoy. The great thing about this beach is the incredible views surrounding it. Enjoy some boogie boarding and surfing as lifeguards keep an eye on you and the children. Trying to save money on dining out? Bring a picnic here and take in the beauty of the island together.
Incredible views like no other, the Kalalau Lookout is incredible during the day as well as during the sunset. Definitely the absolute best views along the islands, you and the kids will be in complete awe as you stare out into the mountains. If you’ve read about the Kalalau Trail, don’t worry. You don’t have to hike that dangerous trail to get to this lookout. You can drive on up and experience the beauty of the mountains without the hustle of the hike.
Sleeping Giant Trail
A moderately challenging hike, the Sleeping Giant Trail is for those families who simply cannot get enough of the outdoors. This hike is 4 miles roundtrip, climbing through vegetation and forest. There are only a few narrow spots, which is why this is a moderate hike. Also, be careful after it rains as the path would potentially be slippery and muddy. Either way, along the hike you will see plenty of open spaces with views like no other!
Hop into these rocky pools! Queen’s Bath is a 5-star attraction with a huge abundance of sea life within the waters and a truly unique swimming experience. There are no lifeguards, however, so use caution when swimming in this pool and avoid swimming when the surf is high. Jump along the rocks and experience a once-in-a-lifetime swim day!
Kokee Natural History Museum
This small museum has plenty of history to keep you learning for hours. Although the Kokee Natural History Museum does not charge a fee, they do ask for a small donation of $1 or more. Explore the rooms and exhibits at this history museum, taking in the special collection of books and information about the area. A great learning experience for the whole family, this is one museum worth the visit.
Kauai is an extraordinary island full of unique experiences. When it comes to activities to enjoy with the family, it doesn’t always have to break the bank. Instead, try a hiking trail or a beach! Any one of these activities that you find will still make for an unforgettable experience and family vacation.