Oahu, the island of world-famous beaches, surfing, and museums. With so much to do, it’s hard to narrow down specifics when it comes to which activities to enjoy. The great thing about having several things to choose from, however, is knowing that you will always have something to do no matter the day.
If you’re bringing the family along, there are certain items you definitely need to add to your itinerary. When it comes to kids, they love interactives and one-of-a-kind experiences. So, what does Oahu have to offer?
Here are 10 incredible activities to enjoy with the family while vacationing in Oahu:
Sea Life Park
Get your fill of marine life excitement at Sea Life Park in Oahu! With experiences like swimming with dolphins, greeting sea lions, and watching a special Ka Moana Luau — this marine park thrives on its interactive and educational experiences. Walk through several exhibits with the children and see their eyes light up as they stumble through shark cave or the penguin exhibit.
Some of the best Oahu tours are waiting at Kualoa Ranch. Interested in seeing the iconic sites from Jurassic Park? What about an exciting zipline adventure or a ride on an electric mountain bike? Both of those, plus so much more, are experiences that you can book online at the Kualoa Ranch website. There are also experiences such as; Hollywood movie sites, horseback tour, jungle expedition tour, secret island tour, and the Malama experience. All of which are family-friendly and sure to entertain the whole day away.
Minutes away from Waikiki Beach is the Honolulu Zoo. Educate the family with experiences of tropical wildlife. Witness ornate horned frogs, cockatiels, asian elepants, alligators, and more! Meander through this incredible zoo and learn about each of the animals as you also learn about conservation and efforts to care for the wildlife community. Is it hot during your visit? That’s fine! There is plenty of shade in case you or the little ones want to hide from the sun for a while. A definite must-stop.
Activities, classes, and special events fill this aquarium with excitement. If you and your family cannot get enough of marine life, check out the Waikiki Aquarium. There are behind-the-scenes tours, marine educators nights, and fish school for those kiddos who really want to dig into the wonders of the waters. Strolling along this aquarium, you’ll witness Hawaiian Monk Seals, coral farms, and tropical fish of the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Learn about the history of this nation at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Walk between the large aviation planes and artifacts from the attack on Pearl Harbor, as you learn about what happened surrounding that time. Hangar 37 and 79 are filled with stories and engines to keep everyone learning for hours. On top of these, there are also outdoor exhibits where you can spot helicopters and other traveling exhibits. Plan your day here, and end it with the Liberty Luau accompanied with fine dining and a roaring show.
Dolphin Quest Oahu
We can’t get enough of dolphins and-odds are-your kids won’t be able to either. Swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Quest in Oahu. Learn about the training and care that goes into taking care of dolphins, or simply swim alongside and meet a dolphin during your vacation. There are also family swim programs as well as virtual encounters if you didn’t want to leave the hotel room.
Kids City Adventure
An indoor playground that everyone will love, Kids City Adventure has plenty to love. Is it one of the children’s birthdays? Have a birthday party event at this facility! Watch them get excited as they run and jump into styrofoam cubes or let the smaller ones enjoy the bounce house and ball pit. Do the kids love water? There’s water play fun as well — no need to head to the beach. Fun on every floor, there is also plenty of room for a ninja warrior course as well as a bumper car track and trampoline goodness!
Children’s Discovery Center
Where rainforest adventures meet rainbow worlds and mini towns. Children’s Discovery Center is an amazing location for all kids to interact with each other and the differently themed exhibits scattered throughout. Learn about different cultures and celebrations, learn about Hawaii, educate your kids about the human body, or about how the community functions. All of these interactives make any day a fun and enjoyable experience for the children.
Oahu has many different types of attractions and things to do, but their children’s activities are some to admire. There are various locations that kids and their parents can learn and entertain themselves throughout their vacation. Visit any one of these establishments and enjoy each moment. You’re bound to make unforgettable memories.