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Top 14 Things To Do with Kids On The Big Island

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The Big Island of Hawaii is the perfect place to take kids of all ages. What started off as a “Top Ten” list turned into a Top 14 because there is just so many family-friendly activities!

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Here are 14 of the best things to do with kids.

Dolphins and Whale watching:

There is nothing like seeing a whale or dolphin in its own beautiful home. November through March take a boat tour to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Body Glove Hawaii not only has a great reputation but has fully committed to sustainability and nurturing the environment.

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Take a Glass Bottom Boat Tour:

Explore the underwater world without getting wet by taking a glass-bottom boat tour. Kids can marvel at the colorful marine life and coral formations. Saltwater Soul Kona is right across from the Pier

Snorkel at Kahalu’u Beach Park:

Kahaluu Beach is known for its calm, clear waters, making it an ideal spot for kids to snorkel and observe colorful marine life. See more Great Spots for Snorkeling here.

Experience the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden:

Wander through lush gardens filled with exotic plants, flowers, and waterfalls at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, providing a peaceful and educational environment for families.

Try Ziplining:

For a thrilling adventure, consider a ziplining tour. There are several zipline courses on the island that cater to families, allowing kids to soar through the treetops. Remember to check the age and height restrictions for this to ensure they are suitable for your children. You don’t want to arrive only to find out Jr can’t do it!

Visit Volcanoes National Park:

Explore the fascinating volcanic landscape, walk through lava tubes, and witness the power of nature at Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Whether or not the lava is visible this is an amazing place.

Hike Akaka Falls State Park:AKAKA FALLS STATE PARK

Take an easy hike through the lush rainforest to see the stunning Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a gorge.

Stargazing at Mauna Kea Visitor Center:

Head to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station for a family-friendly stargazing experience. Arrive before the sun sets to watch from above the clouds and stay to see more stars than you’ve ever seen before. The high elevation and clear skies offer excellent views of the night sky. Bring warm clothes. 

Explore Waipio Valley:

Take a guided tour to Waipio Valley, where you can enjoy the stunning views, learn about Hawaiian history, and maybe even ride horses along the valley floor. These are a couple of the local tour companies operating in Waipio Valley. Hawaii Tours and Waipio Valley Shuttle. Non-residents are only allowed into the valley with a local tour.

Discover Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park:

Learn about Hawaiian culture and history at this sacred site. Kids will love exploring the temples and walking through the reconstructed village.

Attend a Luau:

Experience Hawaiian culture through a family-friendly luau, where kids can enjoy traditional music, dance, and a delicious feast. Legends of Hawai’i at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort is a great show as is Voyageurs of the Pacific at the Royal Kona Resort.

Visit Panaewa Rainforest Zoo:

Explore the only rainforest zoo in the United States, home to a variety of animals, including monkeys, parrots, and a white Bengal tiger.

Kona Coffee Living History Farm: 

Learn about coffee cultivation and processing at this educational farm, where kids can take a tour and see coffee plants up close. Also Free Samples! 

Or just pick a beach and relax:

Spend a day at Hapuna Beach, one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches, with its white sands and clear waters. It’s a great place for family picnics, sandcastle building, and swimming.

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