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Top Ten Kauai Family Activities

1. Snorkeling

Kauai offers a wide range of places for families to snorkel. With its soft waves, tranquil currents, and a protected barrier, Anini Beach is perfect for beginners. Salt Pond Beach Park, near the town of Hanapepe, has plentiful tropical fish and other wildlife that makes it an excellent area for snorkeling as well.

2. Kayaking

There are several rivers that offer kayaking packages. In Na Pali families can enjoy an adventure kayaking down a jungle stream, hiking to a beautiful waterfall where they can swim, swing on a rope, and zip along a cable above the trees, and lunch at the base of a Swiss Robinson-type tree house.

3. Tour Gardens

Selected by the American Horticultural Society as the best natural botanical garden, the Limahuli Garden and Preserve is one of many of Kauai’s lovely gardens, and covers more than 1,000 acres of the lush Limahuli valley. Guided and self-guided tours are available for a ¾ mile walk along a loop-trail that rambles through some of the most beautiful sections of the gardens.

4. Whale Watching

One of the best places to whale watch is located on the north shore of Kauai at Pa Pali Beach where not only are the humpback whales frequently seen, but also sea turtles, and dolphins.

5. Hiking

Mark Twain called Waimea Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, and like its brother, the walls that line its boarders show the deep reds, browns, and greens that attest to the centuries of time that it has seen – only this canyon counts time by the layers of flow lines from volcanic eruptions.

6. Children’s Parks

A favorite among families, the rock-rimmed ocean pool of Lydgate Park provides safe swimming for young children, even during the rough seas of the winter months. The park also offers the Kamalani Playground with 6,000 feet of play space that has bridges, lava tubes, swings, and a spiral slide.

7. Boat Tours

There are several companies on the island that have catamaran, zodiac, and other boat tours of the island educating passengers on Kauai wildlife, conservation and history. Some of them get special permits that allow them to go to beaches that others can’t go to, allowing for stunning pictures of bare beaches.

8. Kite Flying

Poipu Beach Park and Lydgate Park are two of the most popular places to fly kites. At any given point of the year you will see bright nylon shapes dotting the sky as the young, and not so young, see how high they can get them to go.

9. Railway Ride

The Plantation Railway of wooden cars takes its passengers through nearly 100 acres of plantation starting at the turn-of-the-century Kilohana station and taking them through fields that remain planted with the same sugar, banana, coffee, pineapple, hardwood trees, and tropical flower that is as much a part of commercial farming today as it was in plantation farming yesteryear.

10. Waterfalls

There are many falls in Kauai suitable for families, including Kipu Falls with its inviting rope swing. It isn’t large, but is great for swimming, picnics, and other family fun. Another small and reasonably easy one to get to is the Upper Hoopii Falls, where there are nice areas for picnics and to sit and enjoy the view.
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