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Explore the Arts, Culture & History of Oahu

Home to Honolulu, the state capital, and world-famous Waikiki, with its restaurants, shops, and white sand beach, Oahu is an eclectic destination for millions of visitors from around the world. Oahu offers beautiful scenery, first class shopping and dining, and deep cultural and historical roots.

The variety of attractions and activities available on Oahu makes this island a great place to vacation for everyone, including families. Adults will enjoy the vibrant nightlife, championship golf courses and ancient historical sites around the island. The entire family can enjoy spending time exploring the beaches, hikes, museums, farms and other attractions that make Oahu such a lively vacation destination.

15 Family-Friendly Things Do on Oahu

  • Rent umbrellas, surfboards, SUPs, snorkel gear and beach toys across the street at Waikiki Beach.
  • Walk along Kalakaua Avenue and discover Waikiki’s wide assortment of shops and restaurants.
  • Swim with tropical fish at world-famous snorkeling spot Hanauma Bay, which also has amazing views.
  • Hike up to the top of Diamond Head, an extinct volcano, and enjoy the panoramic views from this state monument.
  • Visit the USS Arizona Memorial at the Valor in the Pacific National Monument, honoring those who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Learn about Hawaiian and other Polynesian cultures at the interactive Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s famed North Shore.
  • Visit historic Haleiwa town on the North Shore for kayaking, shopping, dining, and most importantly, Shave Ice.
  • Take a surf lesson in Waikiki, or just watch the pros surf the big waves off the North Shore during the winter.
  • Ride the Pineapple Express train and wander through the "World's Largest Maze" at the Dole Plantation, which also has a café with famous “Dole Whip.”
  • Pack a picnic or pick up something to go and spend the afternoon under the trees at Kapiolani Park.
  • Take a walk on the wild size at the Honolulu Zoo located just a short stroll from the Aston Waikiki Tower.
  • View marine life at the Waikiki Aquarium, the third oldest aquarium in the United States, where you can see everything from coral to a Hawaiian Monk Seal.
  • Swim with the dolphins or sea lions at Sea Life Park, located on the beautiful eastern coast of Oahu.
  • Attend an authentic luau! Some options include the Chief’s Luau, Germaine’s Luau, Waikiki Starlight Luau, Royal Hawaiian Luau and Ali'i Luau at the PCC.
  • Visit the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii State Art Museum, Iolani Palace, Queen Emma Summer Palace or the Hawaii Plantation Village
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