Hawaii is the most exotic American state and the most remote islands on the planet. This place is becoming more and more popular with family travelers. Wide beaches and pleasant evening ocean breezes, moderate humidity and stable air temperatures all year round, a rich underwater world and a high level of service – isn’t it an ideal place for families with children?
So, you can also enjoy it all by picking up a spacious 9 passenger car rental. Cars are the only easy way to get around Hawaii with kids. Whether it’s a scenic highway, a secret beach, or some other attraction, you can easily reach it in your rental car.
If you have long dreamed of an exciting family trip to Hawaii, then you are in the right place. We have prepared a list of great places that will delight not only you but also your children. Let’s go!
Imagine the area of 17 hectares inhabited by 905 species of tropical animals! Sounds unreal, doesn’t it? However, this is a veritable zoological paradise located in Honolulu, the capital of all the Hawaiian Islands. The good news is that you can easily get there with a rental car, leaving it in a nearby parking lot.
Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the United States built on the territory of the former royal estates. Due to its remoteness from the mainland of the Earth, Hawaii boasts a unique flora and fauna, 25% of which you won’t find in any spot of the world!
At the zoo, you will see American alligators, Japanese white-eyed birds, kookaburra birds, ring-tailed lemurs, red Holstein cows, Indian elephants and star turtles. The zoo also has a children’s playground.
Address: 151 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Do you remember the taste of the sweetest Dole pineapple slices? The Dole Company was founded in the 19th century in Hawaii, and today is the largest producer of fresh vegetables and fruits in the world. You have a unique chance to touch the origins of the company – just drive your rental car 23 miles west of Honolulu to Dole Plantation.
You and your children can ride an old steam locomotive built in England in 1870. During the trip, you will learn how James Drummond Dole founded his company, hear entertaining stories about which fruits are considered to be sacred in Hawaii, as well as see how pineapples, mangoes, cocoa and coffee beans grow. Also, here’s the world’s largest labyrinth, designed in the form of a huge pineapple.
Address: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, HI 96786
Sea Life Park Hawaii
Get ready to plunge into the underwater world! You will see dolphin shows, sea lions, meet penguins and starfish. And the most interesting thing is that here you can dive into the pool with ocean animals.
In the blue lagoon, you can swim with stingrays – you can stroke them, feed them and just snorkel and watch the life of these amazing animals. It’s even possible to ride a dolphin there!
Sea Life Park Hawaii is located 17 miles away from Honolulu, so it won’t be a problem for you to get there with your rental car.
Address: 41-202 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
25 species of seahorses in various colors and shades and 15,000 other marine inhabitants invite you on a trip to the farm. It’s located on the Island of Hawaii. The easiest way to get there is with a rental car from the county seat – Hilo.
What to do on the farm? You can touch, feed and just watch the seahorses. Be sure your kids will love this. Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm was founded by a family of marine scientists who to this day run the farm and grow new species of seahorse. You will see seahorses at every stage of their development, from the smallest and the most newborn to the adult. This is a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the USA.
Address: 73-4388 Ilikai Place, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The Hawaiian Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions. Some of them are still active today. In the National Park, you can watch boiling lava flow from the heart of the volcano. The volcanoes that you will see in the park started their activity 70 million years ago.
Visitors to the park have the opportunity to explore 80 kilometers of paths running along volcanic formations. You can use bicycle or hiking trails, or enjoy your trip in a rental car. The park is so large that you can spend a few days to visit it, and also spend the night in a tent among the eucalyptus trees.
Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718
Smith’s Tropical Paradise
You have probably explored botanical gardens many times in many major cities in the United States. However, the island of Kauai has prepared something special for your family trip. What about a walk through an orchard full of exotic fruits?
As you walk through Smith’s Tropical Paradise, you can see breadfruit, starfuit and jackfruit growing there. Walk through the bamboo forest and Japanese garden, and then visit a Polynesian village where you will learn how the first settlements of the Hawaiian Islands lived. In Smith’s Tropical Paradise, your kids will also meet and feed little goatlings and flying peacocks.
Address: 3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746