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Things to Do on Kauai: Family Activities

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Finding a Kauai Family Activity should not be too hard.

Kauai is a natural wonder that everyone should see at least once.  The sheer diversity of scenery will astound you for such a relatively small island.  There are many things to do here, but often times it can be hard to find something that is fun for the whole family where the kids will not get bored.  But here is a little list for your Kauai Family Activities.  Having grown up on the island we feel that we have a bit of authority when it comes to the subject… This is our home and we are happy to share it with you.

Best Things to Do on Kauai for Families

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge – Hanapepe Town Let’s face it, kids love to bounce and swing.  The swinging bridge in Hanapepe takes care of both urges.  The bonus is that it is right in the middle of downtown Hanapepe where the weekly art night happens every Friday night.  Parents will love the eclectic mix of art and artists.  Kids will be able to explore the fun bridge that is suspended over Hanapepe River.

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge Kauai Family activites

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

Cruising the Na Pali Coast – We might be a little biased, but thousands of happy families can’t be wrong.  Taking a boat trip on the Na Pali Coast will put everyone in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us every day.  The postcard-esque views, crystal clear water, and wonderous caves leave all ages in amazement of the beautiful coastline.  Dolphins and sea turtles are regulars on this tour, and they usually get up close and personal with our boat.

The Cathedral: One of the many stunning views of the Na Pali Coast along the 5 hour tour.

The Cathedral: One of the many stunning views of the Na Pali Coast along the 5 hour tour.

Kauai Family Activities- Adventure Playground and Play Bridge at Lydgate State Park – This playground is one-of -a kind.  The play brige is the big highlight – with twists and turns and interesting traverses, the kids can run around for hours.  Local artwork is around each bend, giving something for parents to enjoy while the kids run ahead.  After enjoying the playground you can picnic or swim in the beach, which in some areas have protected lagoons that are safe for children.

Lydgate Adventure Bridge Kauai Family Activites

Lydgate Adventure Bridge Kauai Family Activites

Canal Tubing – This unique activity is a great way to spend the day on the water and see the diverse countryside pass you by at a relaxed pace.  Old canals from the sugar plantation days of yesteryear provide the waterways.  Kauai Backcountry Adventures hosts day trips where all you need to bring is your swimsuit and a sense of fun.  The water flows at a calm enough pace for kids 5 and over to ride in their own tube, but there are still a few surprises along the way to keep things interesting.  For more information contact Kauai Backcountry Adventures at 888-270-5555.

Mini Golf – Kauai Mini Golf is an excellent way to spend a few hours with the family.  The course is in a natural setting amongst beautiful botanical gardens.  Kids will enjoy the friendly competition while parents will marvel at the abundance of native flora that surrounds the course.  It is also an educational journey as each hole highlights either a native planet or a relic of the plantation culture.

No matter what age your kids are, these Kauai family activities will fill your Kauai vacation with countless hours of fun.  Or perhaps you are a group of adults looking to bring out the kid in you – no matter what, this list of great activities for the family will create some great memories while exploring our beautiful island paradise.

This guide is brought to you by Makana Charters, a local Hawaiian family owned tour boat based out of Waimea on Kauai’s West side.   We offer daily trips to the spectacular Na Pali coast, a natural wonder not to be missed.  We are providing this guide to give our guests the best possible experience while visiting our island paradise.  

Here’s an infographic summarizing this article.

5 Family Activities to do on Kauai [Infographic] - Makana Charters

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 17 July 2016. It’s been regularly updated since then for relevance and freshness.

Kauai Family Activities: 5 Fun Things To Do
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