National Parks / Natural World in Hawaii with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Aloha State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Hawaii offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Hawaii itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • National Tropical Botanical Garden

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    Koloa

    Self-guided walking tours for the nature loving family at this Hawaiian Botanical Garden, with flowering trees, distinctive plants, and rare native species!

  • Sprouting Horn

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    Poipu

    This natural wonder occurs water rushes under a lava shelf and bursts through a small opening at the surface. Every wave produces another spray. It frequently spurts salt water 50 ft into the air. ...

  • Koloa Heritage Trail

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    Koloa

    Aloha, and welcome to Ka Ala Hele Waiwai Ho'olina o Koloa, The Koloa Heritage Trail. Your journey will whisk you through 5 million years of exploration highlighting the natural history, archaeology, ...

  • Dolphin Discoveries

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    Kailua Kona

    Have you ever dreamed of swimming eye to eye with a dolphin? So have we! And we hope to make that dream come true for you! We\'ve been on the water with the spinner dolphins in Kona for 15 years and ...

  • Haleakala National Park

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    Makawao

    This special place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture and protects the bond between the land and its people. Come visit this special place - renew your spirit of adventure ...

  • Hawaii Volcanos

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    Hawaii

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, ...

  • Hawaii Nature Center

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    Wailuku

    There's nothing like being in the outdoors to connect with nature. Take your first step out through our website to find out who we are, what we do and where we do it. We have resources to help you no ...

  • Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens

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    Kilauea

    240 acres of beautiful gardens to take guided around in the tropical Hawaiian sun, complete with a Children's Garden!

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  • Kauai Museum

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    Lihue

    The Kaua'i Museum is the cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians and it nurtures the creative spirit of today's artists. This year, we have embarked on a journey to ...

  • Grove Farm Homestead Museum

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    Kauai

    A fascinating experience at this 80-acre sugar plantation acquired in 1864. A historical look at the family who called it home, their rise to fame and an insight into how they lived in the 1870s. ...

  • Kauai Childrens Discovery Museum

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    Kapaa

    Hands on learning activities for children! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Hawaii

  • The Contemporary Museum

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    Honolulu

    The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, is the only museum in the state of Hawaii devoted exclusively to contemporary art. TCM provides an accessible forum for provocative, dynamic forms of visual art, ...

  • USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park

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    Honolulu

    USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park's mission is to restore and preserve the World War II submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287), and submarine-related artifacts on our grounds and in the Museum. Bowfin Park's ...

  • Hawaii Maritime Center

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    Honolulu

    Welcome to Hawaii's World-Class Maritime Museum. Enjoy the excitement of the Honolulu waterfront and harbor at Pier 7. You'll get a close-up view of Aloha Tower plus a chance to experience Hawaii's ...

  • The Bishop Museum

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    Honolulu

    The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and ...

  • Kokee Natural History Museum

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    Kaua

    Koke'e Natural History Museum is a little museum with heart open 365 days a year. Koke'e Museum provides interpretive programs and exhibitions about Kaua'i' s ecology, geology and climatology. ...

  • Hawaii Army Museum

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    Honolulu

    Helicopters, tanks, guns now silenced, and vacant bunkers welcome you to the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai`i. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Honolulu for ...

  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum

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    Laupahoehoe

    The Laupahoehoe Train Museum and visitors\' center opened on March 1, 1998, and celebrates the story of Hawai\'i\'s railroads, as well as the rich history of the Hamakua Coast.

  • Pacific Aviation Museum

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    Honolulu

    An amazing aviation experience for the family at Pearl Harbor - ranked #8 aviation attraction in the entire country! Set in two hangars, kids will love getting up close to real live planes that once ...

  • Mission Houses

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    Honolulu

    Take a family tour, hear a story, try out historical activities, or make something to take home. Each month on Kamaaina Family Day, the Mission Houses Museum offers a themed experience for everyone ...

  • Whalers Village Museum

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    Lahaina

    Renowned across the Pacific, the free-admission Whalers Village Museum tells the story of the heyday of whaling in Lahaina (1825-1860) from the perspective of the seafarers themselves, with ...

  • The Pacific Tsunami Museum

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    Hilo

    The museum features a series of in-house permanent exhibits that interpret the tsunami phenomena, the Pacific Tsunami Warning system, the history of tsunamis in the Pacific Basin, tsunamis of the ...

  • Honolulu Zoo

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    Honolulu

    The goal of the Honolulu Zoo's Environmental Enrichment Program is to involve all staff members; including keepers, curators and volunteers, in a zoo-wide program of effective environmental ...

  • Waikiki Aquarium

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    Honolulu

    Our exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 2,500 organisms in our exhibits represent more than 420 species of aquatic animals and every ...

  • Sea Life Park

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    Waimanalo

    Experience Hawaii's famous marine life and get closer than you've ever been to dolphins, sea turtles, penguins, and more! Sea Life Park Hawaii is a worldclass aquatic experience at Oahu's Makapuu ...

  • Maui Ocean Center

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    Wailuku

    Visit the LARGEST tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere! With live corals, touch pools, and 750,000 gallons of exhibit for you to explore!

  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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    Keaau

    Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is located off Hwy. 11 in Hilo on the island of Hawaii It is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. One of the many fun family places to go ...

  • The Hawaiian Railway

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    Ewa

    Train rides down Hawaii\'s historical railroad tracks are available year round.

  • Kauai Plantation Railway

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    Lihue

    Kilohana�s newest visitor attraction the - Kauai Plantation Railway - recreates the days when steam powered narrow gauge trains moved the harvested cane from field to mill, and ...

  • Waikiki Trolley

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    Honolulu

    Waikiki Trolley is the easy, fun and affordable way to experience Waikiki and Honolulu. Discover the best in scenic, historical and cultural attractions as well as dining and shopping on the Trolley!

  • Wet n Wild Hawaii

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    Kapolei

    Set on 29 acres in lush, tropical surrounds in Kapolei, Oahu's 'second city', the all-new Wet’n’Wild water park delivers over 25 rides and attractions for families and thrill-seekers alike. It is ...

  • Dolphin Quest

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    Waikoloa

    Feel the thrill of a lifetime as you touch, swim with and even kiss a dolphin! Let loose, laugh and have loads of fun swimming with dolphins.

  • BOBs Hawaii Adventure

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    Honolulu

    Discover a new way to experience the ocean in our high-tech breathing observation bubbles (BOB). BOBs are easy to operate, environmentally friendly, underwater scooters which have nearly 365 degree ...

  • Kahoma Ranch

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    Kahului

    Enjoy a ride in our own ATVs through cattle pastures on private dirt roads and trails. Plus mountain water slides and swimming.

  • Kihei Aquatic Center

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    Kihei

    Kihei Aquatic Center is a full-size competition complex located between Maalea and Makena Bay. Featuring three pools, one for small children, older kids and an Olympic-size lap pool. One of the many ...