Best Things To Do With Kids On Big Island, Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii offers a huge variety of activities to do with children. Here is a list of several kid and family friendly activities.

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Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach


Kids can safely play and snorkel here. More at: Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach

Kapoho Tide Pools / Wai'opae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District

Snorkeling here is great and sea life abounds. More at: Kapoho Tide Pools / Wai'opae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park


You can watch turtles warming themselves on the black sand here. More at: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

Kua Bay / Manini'owali Beach


With its fine white sand beach and calm water in the summer this beach is perfect for families. More at: Kua Bay / Manini'owali Beach

Mauna Kea Beach / Kauna'oa Bay


This amazing beach is located by the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. More at: Mauna Kea Beach / Kauna'oa Bay

Hapuna Beach State Park


Clear blue water and white sand makes this is great beach for kids. More at: Hapuna Beach State Park

Papakolea Green Sand Beach


This can be a slightly difficult beach to reach but being one of only two green sand beaches in the world is worth it! More at: Papakolea Green Sand Beach

Honaunau Bay / Two Steps


Lots of tide pools for families to explore. More at: Honaunau Bay / Two Steps

Atlantis Submarines

View life under the sea without getting wet in a submarine. More at: Atlantis Submarines

Dolphin Quest


Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Quest. More at: Dolphin Quest

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Take a tour of this unique farm and see how seahorses are bred. More at: Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Visit a Botanical Garden or two


Take your pick of the many botanical gardens located in the Big Island. More at: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, University of Hawaii at Hilo Botanical Gardens, Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, and Queen Liliuokalani Gardens to name a few.

Parker Ranch

Visit Parker Ranch's historic homes Monday through Friday. More at: Parker Ranch

Rainbow Falls


The hike to Rainbow Falls is so easy that anyone can do it. More at: Rainbow Falls

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

Visit the only tropical rainforest zoo in the USA! More at: Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

See many different types of endangered birds, bats, and plants. More at: Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

Pacific Tsunami Museum

Visit this living memorial to the people who loves their lives in past tsunamis. More at: Pacific Tsunami Museum

Lyman Museum & Mission House

Learn about Hawaiian history and what life was like 150 years ago. More at: Lyman Museum & Mission House

Laupahoehoe Train Museum

Take a trip back in time to the beginning of the Hilo Railroad. More at: Laupahoehoe Train Museum

Big Island Bees


Tour a working bee farm and see everything that bees and honey help make. More at: Big Island Bees

Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center


Located in the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA), this space center is dedicated to the memory of Hawaii’s first astronaut who perished during the Challenger Mission in 1986. More at: Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


With all that there is to see and do here you could spend all day here. You can find the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Visitor Center, along with lava flows, steam vents, Sulphur Banks, and so much more. More at: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Mauna Kea Observatories


Stop at the visitors center to acclimate before heading up to the summit. More at: Mauna Kea Observatories
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