The best time of year to visit Kauai is between September and November or from April to June according to Travel.USNews.com. I think it’s time to plan a last-minute trip or a Spring getaway next year! Bring your little ones, there are plenty of things to do with kids in Kauai.
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Kauai, Hawaii, also known as the garden island, is a laid back, lush island with plenty of beautiful sights to see. Playing in the pool and building sandcastles on the beach are always great ways to spend time when traveling with kids, but these little trips are among my favorite things to do when visiting Kauai. Get out there and explore!
Things To Do With Kids in Kauai:
Kauai Plantation Railway
Riding any of the three Kauai Plantation Railway Conductor Narrated Authentic Train Tours will give you an up-close look at the historic 105-acre Kilohana Plantation. This is such a great thing to do with kids in Kauai, it’s very family-friendly and all ages will enjoy it! The tours offered include the Signature Train Tour, the Train Hike Lunch Tour, and the Luau Express Package. When visiting, my family and I did the 40-minute Signature Train Tour.
The Kauai Plantation Railway Signature Train Tour gave us the opportunity to see rows of over 50 varieties of fruit tree orchards, fruit fields, vegetable gardens, and rare and exotic tropical flowers. We also got to see animal pastures with donkeys, goats, sheep, horses, and wild pigs. In fact, the train stops when you get to the wild pigs. All passengers are then invited to disembark and feed the pigs bread that the plantation provides. Overall, the plantation is beautiful, but feeding the wild pigs was by far our favorite part of the tour!
Fern Grotto is a scenic fern-covered cave. The fern actually grows “upside-down” hanging beautifully from the top of the cave. To get to and from the Fern Grotto, a relaxing riverboat cruise must be taken. Our riverboat cruise was narrated on the way out to Fern Grotto, the vistas and their history were described as we floated by. Information was also shared while enjoying the view and taking photos at Fern Grotto. As if the sight of the Fern Grotto wasn’t enough, we were treated to a little song and hula dance while at the grotto before heading back to the boat. On the way back, we had the pleasure of watching more hula dancing and learning some hula ourselves.
Pro Tip: When visiting Fern Grotto, I highly recommend bringing some mosquito repellant. We visited in July, weren’t prepared, and left with several mosquito bites.
Waimea Canyon State Park
Visiting Waimea Canyon is a must when vacationing on Kauai. We drove over to Waimea Canyon from Lihue and the drive was incredibly scenic. In fact, we passed by and stopped at a papaya farm on our way back from seeing the canyon! We went to one of the two lookouts to see the canyon. Fittingly nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is absolutely breathtaking.
Our 3-year-old enjoyed the views and the abundance of hens and roosters that she got to chase around the lookout. We weren’t up for hiking, but depending on the age of your children and how adventurous your family is feeling there is the option trek one of the challenging hiking trails through the canyon.
Lydgate Beach Park
This is one of our favorite things to do with kids in Kauai. Lydgate Beach Park offers so many outdoor entertainment options. First, it has a large wooden playground with various areas, each catering to different age groups. It’s beautifully decorated with tiles and painted rocks, but the highlight is the “volcano slide.” This is a tall winding tube slide, surrounded by slates of wood painted to make it look like a volcano.
Second, there’s the beach! This isn’t your average beach. There are large rock enclosures built in the water that essentially create large wading pools with calm water. One is fairly shallow but does get deep enough to do some snorkeling. The other is only a couple of feet deep, giving even the youngest travelers an opportunity to safely swim in the ocean.
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