From tots to teans, Kaua`i will satisfy kids of all ages with ocean fun and exciting sites

Kaua`i isn't just for honeymooners and adrenaline freaks, it's the ideal place to travel with children. Children of all ages, from infants to teenagers will have a blast all over the Garden Island. Kaua`i is pretty small which is good news for parents - kids won't be asking the classic "are we there yet?" as you weave your way around the island. 10 Best is here to guide you to the best spots for children of all ages island wide, and parents will have fun too!

All kids love rides of any kind, and many love trains. For a unique experience stop by historic Kilohana Plantation, and take a ride on the classic train that weaves through fruit trees, animal enclosures, and through every part of the acreage. For a different sort of fun, Lumahai Beach's awesome freshwater river is the spot where local kids and visitors go and play. Remember that the open ocean here isn't to be swam in - ever - but the river is an ideal place to hang out and swim.

What's probably the closest thing Kaua`i has to a theme park is Kamokila Hawaiian Village. The land was once a Hawaiian village, which has been reconstructed to show visitors home styles, share information on Hawaiian remedies, share traditional Hawaiian games, and allow visitors to pick fruit.

Almost everyone loves a peak at the underwater world, especially kids. Lydgate Beach Park on the east side offers hands down the best snorkeling on the island. Of course it's important to always remember ocean safety, but this is one of the safest spots too.

So hit up our list of the top 10 Kaua`i activities for kids for all the info you need for great family time. As usual, 10 Best has you covered!

Koke'e State Park
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Just north of Waimea Canyon, inland from the Na Pali Coast, lies this rugged state park, spread across 4345 mountainous acres. Especially popular with nature lovers, the park offers terrific scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, from hiking...  Read More

Poi'pu Beach Park and Brennecke's Beach
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Thanks to its proximity to South Shore resorts, this stretch of beach gets a good amount of traffic. It doesn't hurt, of course, that it boasts abundant sunlight, soft sand, incredible views, and a good mix of surf and gentle shallows. Families...  Read More

Lydgate Beach Park

Lydgate Beach Park truly has everything you could need for a day at the beach - two protected natural swimming pools, spectacular snorkeling, white sand, amenities, lifeguard, and an amazing playground for children. This is where snorkel...  Read More

Smith's Tropical Paradise

Set along the Wailua River, this 30-acre complex introduces visitors to Hawaii's local flora and to more exotic species too. A mile-long trail wends through manicured grounds, offering folks the chance to view cultivated vegetation and a series...  Read More

Kilohana Plantation
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In its heyday, this grand, 1930s-era mansion was the focal point of a successful sugar-cane plantation. Today, the Tudor-style, 16000-square-foot home has been restored to its original glory and houses galleries, boutiques, and the historic...  Read More

Hanalei Bay

This large, crescent-shaped bay on the North Shore hosts a number of enviable beaches, which all share golden sands and clear, calm waters. The bay is protected by coral reefs, and along its two-mile stretch, folks soak in the sun, build...  Read More

Lumahai Beach

Immortalized in the movie "South Pacific," this gorgeous beach garners ample acclaim for its beauty, although its swimming opportunities are less than optimal. Rip currents plague the waters, which are generally too dangerous to broach except in...  Read More

Kamokila Hawaiian Village

On the very site of an ancient Hawaiian village, this modern-day equivalent has been erected to teach visitors about the islands before Western contact. The compound, lying along the Wailua River, showcases (replicated) homes and community...  Read More

Wailua Falls
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Many visitors recognize these twin falls as the ones pictured in the opening sequence of the "Fantasy Island" TV show. Their dramatic, 80-foot tumble is the subject of many tourist photographs, a distinct difference from the days when Hawaiian...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade