Turquoise water, lush vegetation and dramatic geological features await as you explore Kauai's attractions for kids. Scenes from this gorgeous island have frequently graced the silver screen in films like "Jurassic Park" and "Blue Hawaii." Whether you're seeking natural wonders, sandy beaches or some Hawaiian history, there are ample kid-friendly Kauai tourist attractions. Once you decide exactly what you want to see, select a kid-friendly hotel in Kauai that's in just the right location.
As relics of ancient volcanoes, all of the Hawaiian Islands show remarkable evidence of their explosive past. Kauai is no exception, which you can see as you cruise the Na Pali Coast or drive out to Waimea Canyon on your Kauai family vacation. Scenic hiking trails are abundant throughout the state parks, but be conscientious about the hot weather and little legs so that everyone has a good time. The Waimea Canyon Lookout is well marked and provides a wheelchair accessible path that's ideal for strollers. This Kauai attraction for kids is at least an hour's drive from the main tourist areas, so gauge your family's road-trip readiness accordingly.
If beaches top your list of things to do in Kauai with kids, Hanalei Bay offers some of the world's best surfing with a beautiful coastal backdrop. It's an absolute must if your family includes seasoned surfers, and it offers relatively kid-friendly waves in the summer. The St. Regis Princeville Resort is close by and ultra-luxe. If you're interested in surfing, but anticipate frequent wipe-outs, Poipu Bay is a popular Kauai attraction for kids that offers waves that are a little milder for novices. Surf schools abound on the island, so take advantage and have an adventure! If you have small children, you might want to add at least one of the beaches that features protected lagoons for wading, swimming and snorkeling to your Kauai family vacation itinerary. Kee Beach offers some gorgeous lagoons near the North Shore's Hanalei Bay. Lydgate Beach, on the western side of the island, also has protected swimming, plus a playground. Resort hotels like the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa are beach attractions in themselves.
Kauai is one of the best places in Hawaii to experience traditional Hawaiian culture. Kauai tourist attractions like the Salt Pond Beach Park, Smith's Fern Grotto and Old Waimea town offer a glimpse of the Island's unique history. Book a river cruise here to enjoy songs and stories from old Hawaii. After the cruise, stay for the Garden Luau, a traditional Hawaiian celebration featuring dancing and delicious food. Another way to glimpse the Island's past on your Kauai family vacation is by visiting the Salt Pond Beach. This is where locals have gathered the region's distinctive salt for centuries. Wander the streets of Old Waimea Town in Western Kauai on a self-guided tour you can pick up at the West Hawaii Technology and Visitors' Center. The historic seaport is where Captain James Cook landed in the 18th Century, where Russians once established a fort and where New England missionaries first established a church in 1832.
Other places you might want to explore include Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, the Waipa Farmers' Market and the Kauai Museum. Pick a few must-sees for your list of things to do in Kauai with kids and research fun back-ups to keep your itinerary flexible for capricious little folks. Perusing members' family trip plans in Kauai and pictures on MiniTime can give you insightful ideas. Planning may be nearly as fun as the trip itself!