National Parks / Natural World in KAILUA KONA with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Kailua Kona 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 and around Kailua Kona, 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!

Even the city of Kailua Kona 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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  • Dolphin Discoveries

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    (4 miles) 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 ...

  • Hawaii Volcanos

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    (52 miles) 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, ...

  • Haleakala National Park

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    (80 miles) 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 Nature Center

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    (93 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 ...

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  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum

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    (51 miles) 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.

  • The Pacific Tsunami Museum

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    (59 miles) 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 ...

  • Whalers Village Museum

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    (99 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 ...

  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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    (62 miles) 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 ...

  • Maui Ocean Center

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    (86 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!

  • Dolphin Quest

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    (21 miles) 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 in Hawaii!

  • Kihei Aquatic Center

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    (82 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 ...

  • Kahoma Ranch

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    (94 miles) Kahului

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

  • Parker Ranch

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    (34 miles) Kamuela

    Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii is home of the Hawaiian cowboy: ka aina o ka paniolo. The Parker Ranch story is a road from Hawaiian history to modern day life in Hawaii. Parker Ranch offers ...

  • Pa'ani Ranch and ATV Adventures

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    (58 miles) Keaau

    Hawaiian adventures with ziplines, horseback and ATV tours! Also programs for kids including wagon tours, pond pole fishing, pony rides, & a petting zoo!

  • Pacific Eco Whale Watching Tours

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    (86 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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    (86 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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    (91 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.

  • Atlantis Adventures

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    (96 miles) Maui

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

  • The Sugar Cain Train

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    (96 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.

  • Reefdancer Glass Bottom Boat Tours

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    (99 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, ...

  • Kahua Ranch

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    (34 miles) Kamuela

    Whether you want to explore the countryside on an ATV, or stroll through the pastures on horseback, you will be amazed by the natural beauty from the Kehena Rainforest to the Pohakuloa Desert with ...

  • Makena Stables

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    (83 miles) Kihei

    We offer a unique riding opportunity for you to saddle up and ride with the owner of the Stables, a Maui born Paniolo (cowboy) whose knowledge & aloha for the aina (land) and his horses shines ...

  • Piiholo Ranch zipline

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    (85 miles) Makawao

    Your amazing Maui Zipline adventure begins with a stroll across a 317-foot long suspended bridge leading to the Ziplines where you will soar more than three miles through immense Eucalyptus forests, ...

  • Maui Golf and Sports Park

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    (87 miles) Wailuku

    Great fun for active kids and their families in Maui, with mini golf, bumper boats, trampolines and more in this golf and sports park!

  • Cowboys of Hawaii Mendes Ranch

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    (97 miles) Wailuku

    Cowboys in Hawaii? Yep - and you could be one of them! Enjoy a horse-tastic family day out with amazing views and friendly guides as you take to the horse trails for some family fun!

  • Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park

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    (3 miles) Kailua Kona

    Along the western coastline of the Island of Hawai'i lies the hot, rugged lava of Kaloko-Honokohau.The reason was, perhaps, a spiritual one.Perhaps you too will experience this spirit on your visit ...

  • Pu'uhonua Honaunau Historic Park

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    (16 miles) Captain Cook

    Visit a sacred site in Hawaii that features some of the most significant traditional sites across all of the islands! Historic fun for kids.

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

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    (59 miles) Hilo

    Since opening, â

  • Maui Myth and Magic Theatre

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    (96 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. ...

  • Maui Cave Adventures

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    (79 miles) Hana

    A fun family adventure underground in an amazing lavascape. This Hawaiian attraction is year round fun and exciting for all ages!