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Top Ten Kid Friendly Places on Oahu

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Being the diverse island that it is, Oahu has so many great kid-friendly spots that will not only keep you, the adult content, but the kids happy. Whether it's the beach you desire or pure educational fun, these are the best places to take children -- and yourself. read more about Top Ten Kid Friendly Places on Oahu

Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium

  • 2777 Kalakaua Ave
  • Across from Kapiolani Park
  • tel:808/923-9741
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815
Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo

  • 151 Kapahulu Ave
  • Between Paki and Kalakaua aves., at entrance to Kapiolani Park
  • tel:808/971-7171
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815
Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

  • Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue
  • tel:(808)587-0300
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815

One of the most famous volcanic craters in the world, Diamond Head overlooks Oahu's southeastern shores. The crater was originally named "Laeahi" because its silhouette resembles the "brow of the tuna." British sailors gave it its current name upon arrival on Oahu's shores because the calcite crystals on the crater glistened in the sunlight from a distance. They mistakenly thought there might be diamonds in the mountain. The crater is over 3,500 feet in diameter, and visitors can climb to the 760-foot summit. The observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide military target sightings. The trail is paved almost the entire way but can be steep in spots. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring water on the hike, as there is no fountain up top. read more about Diamond Head State Monument

Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park

  • 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu
  • At Makapuu Point
  • tel:808/259-7933
  • Visit website
  • East Oahu, 96825
Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

  • 7455 Kalanianaole Highway
  • (Kalanianaole Highway at the Hanauma Bay turnoff)
  • tel:+1 808 396 4229 / +1 808 397 5840 (Education Program)
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96825

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in the state of Hawaii. For over a decade, efforts have been made to maintain this pristine marine ecosystem. With over three million visitors annually, restorations made to Hanauma have successfully made this place both an educational and memorable recreational experience. A short video welcomes visitors, encouraging them to serve as stewards to Hanauma's living yet fragile reef. read more about Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

Waikiki Trolley

Waikiki Trolley

  • 791 North Nimitz Highway, Pier 31
  • (E Noa Corporation)
  • tel:+1 808 591 2561 / +1 800 824 8804
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96817
Ala Moana Beach Park

Ala Moana Beach Park

Lanikai Beach (Mokulua's)

Lanikai Beach (Mokulua's)

  • Mokulua Drive
  • Kailua, 96734

'Lanikai' means "heavenly sea," and the name is fitting for this small neighborhood in Kailua. Lanikai Beach, which consistently ranks among the world's top beaches, is known for its clear, turquoise water and expanse of soft white sand. This is one of the island's best beaches for tranquil waters and swimming. The two small islands sitting offshore are the Mokuluas, and are protected bird sanctuaries. North Mokulua is open to the public during the day and accessible by kayak, making for a perfect day trip. read more about Lanikai Beach (Mokulua's)

Waikiki

Waikiki

  • Waikiki Beachfront
  • tel:+1 808 951 4088/ +1 888 904 4088 (Information Center)
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815

If you're coming to Oahu, at least once during your visit, you must make your way to Waikiki. Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the warm, golden sand. The two-mile stretch of beach along Kalakaua Avenue is home to some iconic hotels and monuments such as the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Duke Kahanamoku statue, and the ghostly Nattatorium War Memorial. If you're feeling particularly daring, ask a beach boy for a surf lesson at Queen's or Canoes. As the sun sets, make your way to Duke's Restaurant and Barefoot Bar for a cocktail and to watch the longboarders catch peaceful rides to shore. Then, if you have energy, enjoy the nightlife at the Skybar, Rumors, or any of Waikiki's several night clubs and bars. read more about Waikiki

Bubbies Home-made Ice Cream & Desserts

Bubbies Home-made Ice Cream & Desserts

  • 1010 University Ave
  • Koko Marina Shopping Center
  • tel:808 949-8984
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96826