Maui Family & Children Vacation Activities
If you're thinking about a Hawaii family vacation, think Maui. This family-friendly destination is a paradise for children because there's plenty to do: beaches to frolic on, water to splash in, unusual sights to see, and a host of new foods to taste.
Head to the beach. Never underestimate the fun of a day at the beach, where kids can play in the sand and splash in the surf. With 81 of the world's most beautiful and accessible beaches, Maui offers better beach time than just about any other family vacation destination.
Go out on a boat. When you take a getaway to our Maui family resort, get away to the ocean. Take the kids on a glass-bottom boat, sailing yacht, sport fishing charter, catamaran or ocean ferry. This is the best way to experience the ocean and see the island from a new perspective.
Hike the trails. Hiking into Maui's awe-inspiring interior is another popular family activity, thanks to a selection of easily accessible trails. Discover the Iao Needle, a 1,200-foot spire of volcanic rock. Or hike up the 10,000-foot Haleakala volcano, walk inside the crater or just wander around the park. It's thrilling to walk on the shiny, black-sand beach of Waianapanapa State Park, too.
Experience the Maui Ocean Center. Voted Maui's top-rated family attraction by Zagat Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide, this 5-acre oceanarium in Maalaea lets your family see the fabulous underwater world without having to get wet! The highlight is a walk-through acrylic tunnel in the middle of a 750,000-gallon open-ocean tank, where you'll see rare and spectacular sea creatures that are sure to fascinate kids of all ages.
Take a trip to the park. Drive up to the summit of Haleakala in Haleakala National Park and explore the volcano's crater on foot or on horseback. The children can even earn Junior Ranger badges by participating in activities offered by the National Park Service. Or, drive out to Oheo Gulch at the Kipihulu end of the park. Hike to the waterfalls, swim in the pools and take lots of photos.
Delve into nature. Too much fun to be educational, the Hawaii Nature Center in the beautiful Iao Valley features 30 interactive exhibits and displays relating the story of Hawaiian natural history. This is fun, hands-on way to learn more about Maui's environment.
Hug the Hana Highway. Take your time, stop to smell the ginger, jump in a freshwater pool and watch the clouds float by! This 50-mile wiggle of a road runs along Maui's northeastern shore, past taro patches, magnificent seascapes, waterfall pools, botanical gardens and rainforests and ends at one of Hawaii's most beautiful tropical places - the little village of Hana. Be sure to explore this tiny town, which features the Hana Cultural Center and Museum, Hasegawa General Store, Hana Coast Gallery, Hana Bay and Kauiki Hill.
Let loose in Lahaina. Eat, shop, walk and gawk in this old whaling port. Plunge 100 feet under the sea in a high-tech submarine and meet swarms of tropical fish up close and personal. Marvel at the giant banyan tree, which is 50 feet tall, has 12 major trunks and shades two-thirds of an acre in Courthouse Square. Or, hop aboard the historic Lahaina-Kaanapali Sugar Cane Train - a fun, one-hour ride over the same tracks that used to carry sugarcane to the mill for processing.
Experience the Old Lahaina Luau. Your Hawaii family vacation won't be complete without a luau! After receiving fresh flower lei greetings, you and the kids will watch the unearthing of the roasted pig from a traditional imu and experience a delectable buffet-style feast on the beach. As the sun sets, award-winning entertainers will sing, hula dance and chant. In addition to Lahaina, Maui features several other luaus. The Destination Resorts Hawaii concierge can assist you with making your choice and booking your reservations.
Fly high in a helicopter. Learn about Maui's flora, fauna, history and culture as you and the kids glide through canyons etched with 1,000-foot waterfalls and over dense rainforests. Climb to 10,000 feet and glimpse the summit of Haleakala, fly by the dramatic vistas at Molokai or come face to face with remote sites like Maui's Wall of Tears near the summit of Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains.
Treat your teens. Maui can even satisfy the most discriminating teen, thanks to lessons in surfing and windsurfing. Teens also like spending time at "Dig Me Beach" at Kaanapali or Lahaina's Front Street.
Check out lots of other attractions. There's so much to see on your Maui family vacation, you'll simply have to prioritize. You can visit the Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy, Kula Botanical Gardens, Maui Tropical Plantation, Ulupalakua Ranch, Grandma's Coffee House, Iao Valley State Park, and more. The list is endless!