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Family Activities
Family Activities

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Many trips to Hawai'i involve the whole family, and there are plenty on O'ahu to suit the whole gang. If looking for a fun but educational experience, visit the Hawai'i Children's Discovery Center or make your way through the Pineapple Plantation & Maze. For a more active pursuit, take a break from the heat skate around at Ice Palace or swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest. These fun-filled ventures ensure that families leave with a smile!

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Byodo-In Temple
  • Byodo-In Temple
  • The Byodo-In Temple and the surrounding grounds form the centerpiece of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
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Children's Discovery Center
  • Children's Discovery Center
  • Okay, kids, today we are going to a museum. First, a couple of guidelines: 1. Please touch everything. 2. Don't whisper! If you have to laugh or make noises of excitement, please do so. 3. The Children's Discovery Center is about you, so feel free to play the entire time.
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Dolphin Quest
  • Dolphin Quest
  • Dancing dolphins, lounging turtles and a lagoon full of delight, the Dolphin Quest Oahu is perfect for family fun.
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Foster Botanical Garden
  • Foster Botanical Garden
  • More than 75,000 visitors flock to Foster Botanical Garden yearly to explore this lush and aesthetically pleasing national historic landmark.
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Honolulu Zoo
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Conveniently located near Waikiki Beach, the Honolulu Zoo offers an educational and fun experience for both children and adults. The zoo is an AZA accredited institution, and houses almost 1,000 different animals.
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Ice Skating at the Ice Palace
  • Ice Skating at the Ice Palace
  • For a truly cool night on Oahu, there's only one place to go: the Ice Palace in Halawa. While this might sound like a catchy slogan, it is a literal truth because Ice Palace is the only ice rink on Oahu.
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Japanese Cultural Center
  • Japanese Cultural Center
  • Fueled by the memory of the poignant sacrifices of both the Issei and Nisei (first and second generations), founders of the Japanese Cultural Center have created a lasting legacy that celebrates the roots of the Japanese community in Hawai'i.
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Pacific Aviation Museum
  • Pacific Aviation Museum
  • At one time, planes swiftly swooping in and out of sight signaled an ordinary day at Ford Island. Home to an Army Air Corps (the future Air Force) base since 1918, the island became the property of the Navy in the early '30s.
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Pineapple Plantation and Maze
  • Pineapple Plantation and Maze
  • Dole Plantation Hawai'i is the complete pineapple experience. Located in central Oahu in the town of Wahiawa, it is the perfect rest stop before driving toward the beaches on the North Shore. The first thing to do is jump aboard the Pineapple Express.
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Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Polynesian Cultural Center
  • The staccato of drums and rhythmic Hawaiian chanting resonates throughout the Polynesian Cultural Center. A canoe glides gently across the still lagoon, surrounded by waterfalls, tropical flora and an "erupting" volcano.
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Sea Life Park
  • Sea Life Park
  • At Sea Life Park, get to know your favorite marine animals up close and personal. Not only can you observe dolphins and sea lions in their habitats, but you can swim with them too! With a variety...
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Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Over two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water yet few of us ever explore the remarkable beauty beneath its surface.
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Sugar Plantation Village
  • Sugar Plantation Village
  • The Hawai'i Plantation Village on Oahu hides amidst the urban landscape of the surrounding Waipahu area, and is rich with deeply personal narratives.
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Swimming with the Dolphins
  • Swimming with the Dolphins
  • You swim quietly and lazily through the salty water. A soft breeze kicks up, bringing with it the sounds of clicking and laughter. But not human laughter. You listen a little harder, then smile when you recognize the sound—dolphins.
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Waikiki Aquarium
  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Ask anyone who grew up in Hawai'i about tide pools, and you can bet that tide pool play and exploration was a favorite childhood pastime.
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Wet
  • Wet "n" Wild Hawai'i
  • When you think about Hawai'i's Wet & Wild water park, you might wonder "Why does an island surrounded by some of the world's top rated beaches need a water theme park?" While this question...
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