Oahu Family Vacation Ideas – Attractions, Activities & Things to Do for Summer Vacation

Oahu is a paradise most of the year, and is a favorite summer vacation destination for travelers who crave the sun and surf.

Make a truly memorable summer family trip with that ideal combination of attractions, from museums to cruises to water sports and so much more.

If you’re looking for some ideas for your itinerary, then check out a few of our favorites.

Our favorite Oahu summer family vacation ideas include:

  • Polynesian Cultural Center & Luau
  • Sea Like Park & Dolphin Encounter
  • Makani Catamaran Sail
  • Hanauma Bay Snorkel
  • Wet n’ Wild Hawaii
  • Pearl Harbor Attractions
  • Kualoa Ranch Movie Sites Tour
  • Dole Plantation
  • Secret Island Beach

Save on Family Vacation Attraction Ideas

Regular admission to a number of these family friendly attractions are available on the Go Oahu Card.

Choose as you go from top visited attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Learn more about our Oahu passes, attractions and prices.

Polynesian Cultural Center & Luau

Polynesian Cultural Center (8)One of Oahu’s premier family attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center is an educational destination that’s fun for all.

Explore several diverse areas of the park that capture the history and culture of the six main Polynesian cultures.

Watch demonstrations of fire-dancing, coconut-husking, spear-throwing, and much, much more.

If you’re looking for something extra special, stick around in the evening for their luau and dinner show. It’s an exhilarating performance that tells a moving story alongside delicious island-style cuisine.

Getting In: Polynesian Cultural Center tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card. Alii Luau tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Oahu Cards.

Sea Life Park & Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin-Encounter-by-Sea-Life-Park-2This is one for the animal lovers in your family. Head to Sea Life Park and enjoy meeting their amazing inhabitants.

Check out the 300,000-gallon reef exhibit, where you’ll get to see sharks, vibrant tropic fish, anemones, and various other reef flora and fauna.

Then, take an astonishing animal show, where you’ll see dolphins dance, sea lions perform tricks, and more.

If you want to make unforgettable memories for your kids, sign up for the special dolphin encounter. They’ll get to actually pet and play with a dolphin from a waist-deep platform.

Getting In: Sea Life Park tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card. Sea Life Park Dolphin Encounter tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Oahu Cards.

Makani Catamaran Sail

Makani-Catamaran-3Makani’s afternoon sail is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the serene waters off the coast from Waikiki.

Your luxurious catamaran cruise is equipped with both sunny and shady spaces to relax, so you can tan or soak up sea breezes as you please.

They’ve even got a full bar on board for the adults. So sit back and sip a cool drink while the kids keep an eye out for the plentiful marine life that surrounds you.

Getting In: Makani Catamaran Sail tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.

Hanauma Bay Snorkel

Kaimana-Hanauma-Bay-Snorkeling-Adventures-1If you’re looking for that quintessential tropical paradise activity, a snorkeling excursion in Hanauma Bay is it.

You don’t need any experience to enjoy this wonderful activity – just pay attention to their helpful lesson before you head to the water and you’re all set.

Keep your eyes open for vivid tropic fish, marine plant life, and even bigger creatures.

The water is clear and warm and you’ll get amazing views of life beneath the waves in the gorgeous Hanauma Bay.

Getting In: Hanauma Bay Snorkel tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.

Wet n’ Wild Hawaii

wet-n-wild-hawaiiWhile the waters around Oahu can be alternately perfect for big-time surfers and ideal for casual swimmers, Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii is the destination for exciting water activities.

With more than 25 rides, slides, and other attractions to choose from at this aquatic adventure park, you’ll stay cool and have fun all afternoon.

See how long you can surf on Da Flowrider. Float leisurely down the river in the Kapolei Kooler. Or enjoy the waves of the Hawaiian Waters attraction. The fun never stops here!

Getting In: Wet n’ Wild Hawaii tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.

Pearl Harbor Attractions

USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor (5)Among the most visited attractions in all of Hawaii, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are a must-see for any family traveling to Oahu.

The USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour tells the important story of how the United State entered WWII.

The USS Bowfin Submarine and USS Missouri Museum are significant vessels in their own right with impressive legacies and much to explore.

Finally, the Pacific Aviation Museum is a spectacular collection of aircraft from all across history.

Getting In: Most Pearl Harbor attractions are included with the Go Oahu Card.

Kualoa Ranch Movie Sites Tour

Kualoa-Ranch-Movie-and-Ranch-Tour-1We’re sure you knew that plenty of popular television shows and movies have been filmed in the tropical paradise of Oahu.

Take this tour through Kualoa Ranch that showcases major filming sites from projects like Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, 50 First Dates, Hawaii Five-0, Lost, Off the Map, Battleship, and Pearl Harbor.

This tour is a fun way to explore the island and learn more about the role it plays in the Hollywood imagination!

Getting In: Kualoa Ranch Movie Sites Tour tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.

Dole Plantation

aerial view of the pineapple botanical maze at the Dole PlantationVisit one of the famed pineapple plantations of Hawaii and the place where the modern pineapple industry really got started – Dole Plantation.

In addition to tours of the plantation, you can also hop aboard a historic train ride or try to navigate your way through a pineapple-shaped maze made of over 14,000 native Hawaiian plants.

Don’t forget to stop at their gift store for real pineapples and pineapple-themed gifts!

Getting In: Dole Plantation Train tickets and Dole Plantation Maze tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.

Secret Island Beach

Kualoa-Ranch-Secret-Beach-2Of course, you can’t leave Oahu without spending some time on the beach!

If you’re looking for something a bit away from the crowds of Waikiki, head to the private Secret Island Beach on the North Shore.

Here, you can sunbathe, swim, play volleyball, and so much more in a relaxed setting.

It’s part of Kualoa Ranch, and is a more secluded beach than some, so get ready to luxuriate.

Getting In: Secret Island Beach tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.

Remember to Save on Family Friendly Admission

There you go. A few suggestions for attractions and activities for your upcoming Oahu family vacation.

Regular admission to a number of these family friendly attractions are available on the Go Oahu Card.

We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your family vacation itinerary.

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