Historical Attractions in HONOLULU with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Honolulu, Hawaii!)

Honolulu is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Aloha State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Honolulu’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Honolulu when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • USS Arizona

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    (7 miles) Honolulu

    The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is "ground zero" where World War II began for the United States. The USS Arizona serves as the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew ...

  • The Battleship Missouri Memorial

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    (8 miles) Honolulu

    The Battleship Missouri Memorial educates and entertains with exhibits, memorabilia and activities.

  • Ewa Beach Railway

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    (12 miles) Ewa Beach

    Come ride along a historic stretch of track west of old Ewa and listen to stories about the history of railroading in Hawaii. Train rides are available year round. This is the only historic railroad ...

  • Kalaupapa Historical Park

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    (59 miles) Kalaupapa

    Situated on the leeward side of the peninsula, Kalaupapa Settlement is still home for several surviving Hansen's disease patients whose memories and experiences are cherished values. Once a community ...

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  • 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 ...

  • Hawaii Maritime Center

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    (1 miles) 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 Contemporary Museum

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    (2 miles) 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, ...

  • The Bishop Museum

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    (2 miles) 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 ...

  • Hawaii Army Museum

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    (3 miles) 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 ...

  • USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park

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    (7 miles) 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 ...

  • Pacific Aviation Museum

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    (8 miles) 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 ...

  • Whalers Village Museum

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    (80 miles) 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 ...

  • Duck Tours Hawaii

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    Honolulu

    One of the funnest tours! An absolute must-do when in Hawaii and one of the best ways to see the sights of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, world famous Hanauma Bay, and so much more.

  • Waikiki Imax

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    (3 miles) Honolulu

    The IMAX Waikiki features several amazing films formatted on a 5 foot story tall screen enhanced by 12,000 watts of wrap-around digital sound. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Maui Myth and Magic Theatre

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    (82 miles) Maui

    Maui Theatre Presents 'Ulalena, a theatrical experience as impressive as the story. This is not just a theatre. It is a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art venue built for this presentation. ...

  • Honolulu Zoo

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    (3 miles) Honolulu

    42 acres of beautiful zoo landscape with over 905 different creatures that call the tropics home. The wildest place in Waikiki!

  • Waikiki Aquarium

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    (4 miles) 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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    (13 miles) Waimanalo

    Experience Hawaii's famous marine life and get closer than you've ever been to dolphins, sea turtles, penguins, and more! Swim with dolphins, hug sea lions, and have an underwater adventure at ...

  • Maui Ocean Center

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    (94 miles) 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!

  • BOBs Hawaii Adventure

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    (2 miles) 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 ...

  • Wet n Wild Hawaii

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    (15 miles) 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 ...

  • Kahoma Ranch

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    (85 miles) 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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    (99 miles) 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 ...

  • Dole Plantation

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    (19 miles) Wahiawa

    Dole Plantation's "Pineapple Experience" is one of Hawaii's favorite visitor attractions offering a fun and educational experience for the entire family. "Get lost" in the world's largest maze, take ...

  • Purdys Macadadia Farm

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    (53 miles) Hoolehua

    A 5-acre, Hawaiian homestead and macadamia nut farm in Molokai's central Ho'olehua district - great to explore with the family!

  • Reefdancer Glass Bottom Boat Tours

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    (81 miles) Maui

    Looking for the best reef viewing tour on Maui? It's me! Here's why: Fish, Coral, even octopus prefer shallow water with lots of light -- the deeper you go the less there is to see. So I stay on top, ...

  • The Sugar Cain Train

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    (81 miles) Maui

    Join us as we travel between historic Lahaina town and the resorts of Kaanapali. Relax in an open-air coach whose nostalgic charm recalls the days of old Hawaii.

  • Atlantis Adventures

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    (82 miles) Maui

    Climb aboard one of our Atlantis 48-passenger submarines, and descend to 100 feet underwater! A true nautical family adventure in Hawaii.

  • Pacific Eco Whale Watching Tours

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    (94 miles) Wailuku

    To promote appreciation, understanding and protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs and our planet\'s oceans. We accomplish this by educating the public,from a scientific perspective,about the ...

  • Pride of Maui

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    (94 miles) Wailuku

    Kids can discover the amazing waters of Hawaii with these snorkelling and underwater volcano tours! Lots of ocean fun for the family!

  • Road to Hana Tour

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    (95 miles) Kahului

    A full day's journey through the beautiful Hawaiian scenery, where kids can explore the rainforests and waterfalls to explore along the way.

  • Hawaii Childrens Discovery Center

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    (1 miles) Honolulu

    A fun, interactive learning experience for younger children to play using all of their senses, to gain a better understanding of the world!

  • My Gym Kailua

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    (10 miles) Kailua

    Amazing classes and programs for kids 6 weeks thru 13 years that develop physically, cognitively and emotionally.

  • Hawaii Nature Center

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    (90 miles) 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 ...

  • Kualoa Ranch

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    (17 miles) Kaaawa

    Kualoa Ranch has tours and activities suited for everyone. Kualoas horseback tours combine that special bond with horses with the most spectacular scenery on Oahu.Adventure to the northern part of ...