Let’s face it, traveling with kids infants to 6 years old can be very difficult. It means dealing with a lot of tantrums and naps. On the other hand, it also means having a lot of fun and bonding with your family. It’s a good thing the island of Oahu in Hawaii is packed with attractions and activities to allow families have fun and quality time together. Here’s my top 18 list of spots you can visit together as a family when visiting Oahu.
Atlantis Submarine (1600 Kapiolani Park Suite # 1630, Honolulu + 1808 548 6242, www.atlantisadventures.com)
Climb aboard this real submarine and see what’s up down there at the bottom of the ocean. On your underwater adventure, you will be rewarded with sights of airplane wrecks, ship wrecks, fishes, corals, and other marine creatures.
Hawaiian Natures Adventure Park ( 400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, HI + 1 808 9453928 and +1 808 674 9238, www.hawaiianwaters.com)
The 25-acre Hawaiian Natures Adventure Park has a place for everyone, even for infants. There are a pools with varying depths, slides and water-spraying cannons. Water is always warm, and there are pools with a depth range starting from a few inches to no more than 2 feet.
Pineapple Maze at Dole Plantation ( 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa HI + 1 808 621 8408, www.doleplantation.com)
Explore the world’s largest maze located at the Dole Plantation! Plus, there’s pineapple treats for everyone – chocolate-glazed pineapple, pineapple salsa, pineapple-flavored frosty, pineapple chili dog and more!
Oceanarium Restaurant (2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu HI +1 808 922 1233, www.pacificbeachhotel.com)
Give your kids one-of-a-kind dining experience at Oceanarium Restaurant. There are tableside views of a giant 3-story indoor “oceanarium,” – you and your kids will have a blast dining while having a fantastic view of manta rays and tropical fishes.
Honolulu Zoo (151 Kapahulu St., Honolulu HI +1 808 971 7171, www.honoluluzoo.org)
Call this your African savannah in Hawaii- Honolulu Zoo has a 10-acre safari setting, a petting park, a zoo train, a walk-through bird sanctuary and Koi pond. The zoo offers several fun tours including the Zoo by Twilight Tour (where kids can discover the habits of nocturnal animals) and Snooze in the Zoo (features which animals snore and which animals roar when sleeping; pizzas and campfires are also provided).