Top Five Activities for Kids on Kauai

By Coco Zickos
Anini Beach Park. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Robert Coello.

Anini Beach Park. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Robert Coello.

Kaua‘i is a great place for families to visit. Keiki (Hawaiian word for kids) will love to frolic in the gentle surf, build castles in the sand and warm their happy, little souls in the sun.

1) Beach

Built this with a friend who is a master sandcastle builder. Little known fact: Hawaii has some of the best sand in the world for making sand castles. Kalapaki Bay Beach, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo: member Mia C.

You can’t go wrong taking the kids to the beach. This is by-far the most popular of all activities for kids, and the best part about it is that it doesn’t cost a dime. Caution is to be taken, however, when selecting the best beach to bring your family to. Kaua‘i waters can get rough so it’s wise to pick a lifeguarded beach; one that is protected against tempestuous currents like Lydgate Beach Park. This eastside beach has a small enclosed swimming area that’s even great for the kids to test out their snorkeling skills.

2) Ziplining creative commons

Ziplining Adventure on Kauai. Photo courtesy of Eli Duke of

There are many guided adventures that your kids can have a blast on like ziplining. Imagine flitting from tree to tree atop a rainforest canopy. This is exactly what you’ll do when you book a trip with a company like Kipu Ranch Adventures in Lihue that offer a leisure kayak, wagon ride, ziplining, and dip in a luscious fresh water pool.

3) ATV

Photo: Kipu Ranch Adventures.

Ultimate Ranch Tour

Ride through lush green pastures, venture down into tropical Huleia Valley, and ascend to majestic Haupu for a breathtaking view of Kipu Kai, Kauai’s untouched paradise.

Tour time: 3 hours. Cost: $135 adults, $89 child (7-17 years), $89 ride with a guide (7+ years).


Another guided adventure consists of hopping in an ATV and traversing uncharted territory with your family. By booking one of these trips with a company like Kipu Ranch Adventures you’ll have fun bumping and bopping around in an all-terrain vehicle while catching glimpses of views on private land that even kama‘aina (Hawai‘i residents) don’t get to see.

4) Sailing

Sailing the Na Pali coast. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Sailing the Na Pali coast. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Family Snorkel Tours

Guaranteed dolphin sighting plus snorkeling tour along the famous Na Pali Coast of Kauai. Book your tour at least 72 Hours in Advance and receive a $10 per person online discount.

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Maybe your kids have sea legs. If so, then a sailing adventure around the Na Pali Coast is the way to go. Make a game of spotting dolphins, turtles and flying fish while you journey to these inaccessible parts of the island. Companies like Blue Dolphin Charters also offer safe opportunities to snorkel along the way.

5) Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

If you want to show your kids some of the native wildlife, then a stop at the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge is the perfect opportunity. Here, children can delight in the hundreds of sea birds that float among the cliff edges and dance in the sky only a few feet above visitors’ heads. This is also a great location to whale watch. Your kids will be amused observing the animals while learning about the island’s fauna at the same time.

Family Activities

Kokee Lodge – Restaurant, Bar and Shop

Kokee Lodge is a cozy restaurant, bar and retail shop in Kokee. Stop in for breakfast or lunch (entrees start at $5) or come in for HAPPY HOUR where you’ll find $1 off unique, handcrafted cocktails every day from 2-4 pm. On Saturdays, there’s LIVE MUSIC from 12-3pm. Kokee Lodge is open from 9 am - 4 pm, 7 days per week, 365 days a year.


Hawaii Discovery Horseback Rides

Comfortably astride one of Silver Falls Ranch’s seasoned horses, you’ll venture into the isolated interior of Kalihiwai and Kamookoa Ridge for breathtaking close-up views of the Makaleha mountain range. Riders age 7 years and older are welcome. Special accommodations for children 6 and younger are available. Maximum weight is 300lbs for Horseback rides. 90 minutes. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: 10% OFF! Must call to book and mention


Kauai Food Tour - South Shore

Follow our culinary guide in the comfort of your own car and sample the sights, flavors and history of Kauai’s sunny South Shore. The stops on our South Shore tour are a celebration of food inspired by Hawaii’s diverse cultures.

Wednesdays from 12:45p to 4:45p


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