5 Fun and Family-Friendly Attractions in Waikiki
Summer break is right around the corner, and for those thinking of where to plan their next family getaway, it’s best to take everybody’s priorities into account. Everyone wants to spend quality time together in an amazing place (and nobody wants to be bored!). Waikiki is the Hawai'i you’ve dreamed of visiting with your children - clear, aqua-blue water, lush palms and banyan trees, and fun attractions create the perfect backdrop for your family vacation. Whether your idea of vacation is a day on the beach or a day in the shops, these fun and family-friendly attractions in Waikiki are something the whole family can get behind.
Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, attractions mentioned may be closed or cancelled without notice. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting. Please travel responsibly and follow mask requirements and social distancing procedures.
With its stunning seashore, calm waters, and endless water sports, Waikiki Beach is no doubt every beach bum’s paradise. It’s the perfect place to enjoy water activities like surfing, jet skiing, or a ride on a high-speed catamaran or banana boat departing from the shore. Snorkelers will enjoy the unique experience of swimming alongside tropical fish, which are easily observed in the crystalline waters. If you can peel the kids from the sand, pay a visit to the 9-foot Duke Kahanamoku bronze sculpture, which honors the Hawaiian Olympic champion and father of modern surfing. Best of all, the beach is only steps from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.
For the animal lover in all of us, the 42-acre Honolulu Zoo is in Queen Kapiʻolani Park, just a five-minute walk from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Younger kids will love the petting zoo and playground area, while older kids will appreciate the different ecological zones, scheduled animal feeding times, and safari tour. Spend the day among the elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes, and many native animals and plant species. Get up close with more animals at Sea Life Park, a marine mammal park, bird sanctuary, and aquarium in Waimanalo.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel Pool
Spend the day splashing and relaxing poolside with Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Our third floor outdoor pool area features luxury cabanas, reclining chaise lounges, and umbrellas for the entire family. Stretch out on the pool deck and enjoy a shave ice or Dole Whip from Surf Shack. Tiki’s Grill & Bar is on the same level, offering the best in Pacific Rim cuisine and signature tropical mixed drinks.
Finding the right hike for the entire family can be tricky, but Diamond Head is a fairly moderate trek with a great payoff at the end. The 1.5-mile hike along the ancient volcanic tuff cone takes roughly two hours to complete and includes nearly 200 steps that some may find tough. The view from the crater summit overlooking Waikiki is worth it! Take heaps of photos and a long rest before heading down. Looking for more worthwhile hiking trails on O'ahu? Visit our Blog for more fun family hike outings.
There’s a lot of fun to be had along the major family-friendly entertainment hub of Waikiki. Browse local shops and luxury retail centers or grab a bite to eat at one of the eateries lining the storied street. Explore the entire avenue by hopping on the Waikiki Trolley, which stops several places all over Waikiki and Honolulu, with a stop right outside Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel’s doors.
Planning a trip to Waikiki? Check out special rates at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel to find the perfect package suitable for your family. Now for a limited time, guests can explore the island with our convenient Snooze-n-Cruize Room and Car package which includes spacious accommodations, a compact car rental to explore the island, and free daily valet parking.
Nothing beats having some extra money for your travels to Hawaii. Enjoy great savings when you book directly at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.