An island full of trails and adventure, is there anything you can bring your toddler on? We did! Before we arrived we looked online at the tours and most of them required kids to be at least 5 years old, we are not waiting 2 years to have some adventures so off we go!
First stop the train, hike and lunch tour at Kauai Plantation Railway. This is a great tour for kids as you get to feed some livestock and get lots of different fruits to try in the orchard, our sons favorite part. There was a train ride at the beginning and end of the tour and a short muddy hike in the jungle where the tour guide shows different plants and trees. Make sure to bring shoes that have gripping soles and grab a walking stick when they offer especially if it’s raining like it was when we went. They do offer ponchos if you don’t bring a rain jacket. Lunch is served right after the hike so it keeps crankiness at bay for kids and adults. Then its off to the orchard where you try many different varieties of citrus and can even take some to eat later. Finish off with a short train ride back to the plantation where you can checkout the mansion and grounds before leaving.
Kauai coffee a great trip for parents and kids alike. They have 4 free guided tours a day or you can walk on your own. Free samples of many different varieties of coffee including decaf, shop, museum and a cafe that serves kid friendly fare- hot dogs and ice cream.
Anaina hou community park is a great place to spend an afternoon and if you go on Wednesday or Saturday you can checkout the farmers market. They have mini golf, a botanical garden, playground and lots of chickens.
Po’ipu Beach is the perfect spot to spend a sunny day. With great snorkeling for the adults, turtle sightings, playground and a beach with low waves you can’t go wrong. If you in the area a stop to the spouting horn is a must, this way one of my sons favorite sites.
Take a drive up to Waimea Canyon. Breathtaking views from many viewpoints up the mountain. Be sure to go all the way to the top to see Pu’u o Kila lookout. Bring snacks as this drive takes a bit to go all the way to the top. There are trails at the viewpoints if you are feeling adventurous, some can be quite the trek.
Take a drive up north to Princeville where you can see the Kilauea lighthouse, Maniniholo dry cave which is across from Ha’ena beach park, ke’e Beach and Hanalei valley lookout. The north is usually rainy so be prepared. If you drive north you should make a stop at Jojo’s shaved ice-a crowd pleaser and you just need one to share they are so big!
There are so many beaches, trails, and sites to explore on the island of Kauai. Not to mention the great places to eat including Bubba Burger, JoJo’s Shaved Ice, Puka Dog and Chicken in a Barrel to name a few. We are excited to take another trip to see more and experience some of the tours for kids 5 and older. No matter your age Kauai is an island of adventure, beauty and yummy food. Mahalo and Aloha!