Tourist Attractions in Hawaii
Top 10 Hawaii Vacation Ideas
There are hundreds of potential tourist attractions in Hawaii, but you can't see them all in one trip. This is one of the most exciting places to visit due to its calm, relaxing waterfronts and the pleasant climate.
Your problem will be finding more Hawaii vacation ideas than you can possibly act on, rather than being starved for ideas.
Use the following Hawaii vacation ideas to determine which tourist attractions in Hawaii are worth the gas you use to reach them. And, yes, Hawaii isn't known as a big destination for full time RV families, but heck, we couldn't leave out a state so magical now, could we?
Best Roadside Attraction: Big BootIf you go through Waimea, Hawaii on state route 11, look out the window for the gigantic boot gracing the Parker Ranch Shopping Center parking lot.
The boot stands about four feet tall and is beautifully painted to portray a cowboy riding a bucking horse.
This picture pays tribute to champion steer ropers from Waimea who dominated the rodeo scene in Wyoming in the early 1900s.
A great addition to your road trip scene.
Best Tourist Attractions in Hawaii: Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkYou could get tons of Hawaii vacation ideas from this one destination alone. This is a highly unusual park where you can walk on ground born from a volcano and get an education on active volcanoes. Two volcanoes in the park are among the most active volcanoes in the world!
This is a fun attraction but it can also be turned into an educational experience for children as well as adults.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Best Factory Tour: Dole PlantationYou visit pumpkin patches in the fall and strawberry farms when you want delicious homegrown berries, so why not visit a pineapple farm when in beautiful Hawaii? That is pretty much what you will be doing with tourist attractions in Hawaii like this one. The Dole Plantation is a great place to get your hands on delicious pineapple straight from Hawaiian soil, but it is also the place to take a spin on the Pineapple express and turn the kids loose in the pineapple maze.
You can shop for unique fruit inspired Dole products, tour the Dole gardens, and do a variety of other exciting things when spending the day with Dole.
Are you hungry? Don't forget to stop in at the Plantation Grille before heading back out on the road. Visiting the plantation is completely free, but you will have to pay small fees for the maze, express train, and other special activities. Hours of operation are 9:30 to 5:30, but they are closed on Christmas Day.
Best Place to See Animals: Sea Life ParkAre you curious about the aquatic wildlife living in Hawaii? Does your family have an adventurous spirit? If so, you have to stop at Sea Life Park just north of Hanauma Bay.
Not only can you walk through this aquatic wonderland and get a valuable education about these creatures, but you can jump in the water to swim with dolphins, meet a sting ray, or give a sea turtle a delicious treat.
You have to pay to get into the park as well as extra fees for events like swimming with the dolphins, but prices are affordable and experiences are unforgettable. You can visit the park daily from 10:30AM to 5PM.
It is best to call ahead and make reservations if you want to get in the water with the animals.
Sea Life Park
Best Place to Get Wet: Kapalua Bay BeachThis is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii and it has the official awards and decorations to prove it. If your ideal tourist attractions in Hawaii are sunny, relaxing and smelling of the ocean, this is one destination you have to swing by for at least an afternoon. While you're there, hit up the activities desk to get the equipment need for snorkeling and other ocean adventures.
Kapalua Bay Beach
Best Place to Eat: Papa Ole'sYou can't visit Hawaii without enjoying authentic Hawaiian food.
Papa Ole's is one of those places loved by the locals and thoroughly cherished by the visitors.
They serve everything from pancakes to Hawaiian sweets, so give them a visit if you are anywhere near the North shore when your stomach starts to growl.
Note that Papa Ole's is closed on Wednesday and closes early (3PM) on Tuesday.
They are open until 9PM all other days of the week, weekends included.
Best Ghost Story: King Kamehamaha's Kona Beach HotelSince King Kamehamaha took his last breath in this hotel, many people believe that it remains haunted to this day. Visitors claim to hear someone walking, chanting, and causing a general ruckus on the top floor of the hotel and there is an oil painting that many believe seems to breathe on its own.
If you have a thick skin and don't mind a bit of a fright, stop by and see what you hear from the top floor.
King Kamehamaha's Kona Beach Hotel
Best Family Adventure: Whale Watching with Captain DanThere are two reasons to trust Captain Dan with your whale watching adventures in Hawaii: he has been studying Hawaii's whales since he was a child and he has a heart of gold and wants to look after these creatures. While there are many who want to dominate the whales for financial profit, Captain Dan is out there to show them off and allow others to see their true beauty.
This is one of the most amazing family tourist attractions in Hawaii. He calls his services Dan McSweeney's Whale Watch Learning Adventures, so give him a call for the most spectacular view of whales ever... a great addition to your road trip scene.
Whale Watching with Captain Dan
Best Historical Site: Iolani PalaceThis is one of those Hawaii vacation ideas that an actually teach your family something or possibly supplement a home study unit on government. The Hawaiian monarchy take up residence in this Palace, so walking through is a bit like visiting the white house back in the United States.
Best Place to Act like a Kid: Wet N WildThis is the last of our tourist attractions in Hawaii to be presented today, but it is definitely not the least important on the list. This is a super fun water park where you can let your guard down, give your brain a rest, and just have some fun with the family. From water slides to swimming and learning new skills in the water, there is something for everyone in the family.
The best way to visit Wet N Wild is to purchase a combo package which includes a meal for everyone in the family. Check out their website for prices and information on what's being served at the restaurants included in the combo package...
Wet 'N Wild
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