Our Guide to Family-Friendly Activities on Oahu

Family Friendly Guide to Oahu

Oahu offers a treasure trove of opportunities for parents and children alike, from sun-soaked beaches, lush rainforests, cultural adventures, and thrilling outdoor escapades. This guide is your passport to discovering the island paradise's most memorable and enjoyable family activities. Join us as we explore the wonders of Oahu, where every day is a chance to create lasting family memories.

Turtle Bay Resort Activities

Family Friendly Beaches in Northshore Oahu

Discover the North Shore's welcoming charm with its 5 miles of Oahu family-friendly beaches and beach trails, perfect for a wide range of activities, from hiking and biking to swimming, snorkeling, boogie boarding, and surfing. Stroll leisurely past the resort's inviting hotel and quaint cottages to reach the point, where you can venture further along the beach. It's an ideal spot for the whole family, and keep your eyes peeled – you might just spot a friendly turtle in the water during your visit! Plus, when you book one of our Turtle Bay Villas, you'll enjoy the added perk of access to a fully stocked beach locker, complete with all the essentials for an unforgettable beach day.

Surf Lessons at Turtle Bay

Hawaii, the epicenter of surf culture, proudly holds the title of the world's surfing capital. At Turtle Bay Resort, nestled along the renowned North Shore, you'll find some of the most incredible swells. Join the Jamie O'Brien Surf Experience right here at the resort – it's an absolute blast for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. Their friendly and CPR/AED-certified team is passionate about sharing the thrill of surfing with you. Get ready for a personalized surf lesson in Oahu that you and your family will cherish, and proudly share stories about when you're back home.

Turtle Bay Resort's Paniolo Lu'au

Get ready for an unforgettable evening at Turtle Bay Resort's Paniolo luau! Nestled near the stables with a captivating ocean backdrop, this show is a tribute to Hawaii's lively ranching and cowboy heritage, known as Paniolo. As the sun sets, treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering feast featuring succulent roasted pigs and tempting vegetarian options. Sip on delightful welcome cocktails or swing by the cash bar while immersing yourself in an enchanting night of live entertainment that will whisk you away into the heart of Hawaiian culture and tradition. It's an experience you will want to experience!

Horseback Riding in Oahu

Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore invites you to embark on a captivating Oahu horseback riding adventure that explores a variety of landscapes. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a beginner, there's a scenic route for you, winding through lush forests, picturesque pastures, and offering breathtaking coastal views. For a touch of romance, consider a sunset ride, where the beauty of twilight enhances the experience. Our knowledgeable guides are eager to share local insights along the way, making this a perfect family-friendly activity. Remember to secure your reservations for a truly unique and educational journey through the island's natural beauty. 

North Shore Activities

Oahu Zipline

Get ready to soar through the treetops and take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the island! This Northshore ziplining adventure offers a variety of ziplines, each offering stunning views of Oahu's landscape, from the majestic Ko'olau Mountains to the endless ocean. The best part? It's perfect for the whole family, thanks to top-notch safety measures and friendly professional guides. To guarantee your spot, it's a smart idea to book in advance. Be sure to reach out to the operator for the latest details and any updates since my last knowledge update. Let the adventure begin!

Sailing Charters

Set sail for an unforgettable family adventure along Oahu's stunning North Shore! Our sailing charters are not only family-friendly but also offer a postcard-worthy way to discover the coastline. Take your pick from a range of charters, whether you fancy a catamaran or a classic sailboat, all perfect for snorkeling, sunset cruises, and thrilling whale watching during the season. With our seasoned crews looking out for your safety, private charter options to make it even more special, and the chance to explore neighboring islands, these charters promise a sea-filled memory that the whole family will treasure amidst the natural splendor of the North Shore.

Polynesian Cultural Center

Located on Oahu's North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a captivating tribute to the diverse cultures of the Polynesian islands. Families can explore recreated villages representing different island cultures, where engaging cultural ambassadors share traditions, arts, and stories. Live performances, including hula and fire-knife dancing, provide entertainment and insights into Polynesian mythology. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities and savor a luau feast of island and Hawaiian cuisine. It's an immersive, educational, and fun experience for all ages, celebrating the rich heritage of Polynesia.

Dole Plantation

A visit to the Dole Plantation offers a fun and educational family experience. Explore the Plantation Garden Tour, where you'll learn about Hawaii's pineapple industry amid lush botanical gardens. Kids can see how pineapples grow and gain an appreciation for the island's agricultural heritage. Don't miss the famous Dole Whip ice cream—a tropical delight. And for added excitement, hop on the Pineapple Express train for a narrated tour through the pineapple fields. This adventure combines learning, indulgence, and picturesque views, making it a memorable family outing on Oahu.

Activities Around Oahu

Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park on Oahu is a captivating destination for families. Kids have the opportunity to engage with marine life through interactive encounters with dolphins and sea lions. These programs allow children to swim with and learn about these fascinating creatures while emphasizing marine conservation. The park also features diverse marine exhibits and shows, making it an educational and entertaining experience for kids of all ages.

Pearl Harbor

A visit to Pearl Harbor is an educational and sobering experience for older kids. The USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center allows them to pay tribute to the servicemen who lost their lives during the 1941 attack. The center features exhibits, a documentary, and a shuttle boat ride to the memorial. It's a chance for older children to learn about this pivotal moment in American history and gain insights into World War II.

Diamond Head Crater hike

Are you and your family up for an adventurous challenge? If the answer is yes, it's time to lace up those sneakers, slather on some sunscreen, and head to the trailhead of Lēʻahi Head Crater. Diamond Head is a 1.2km hike, which may be steep, but conquering it leads to an incredible reward. At the summit, you'll be treated to sweeping vistas that encompass a lighthouse, Koko Head, and, during the winter season, the awe-inspiring sight of humpback whales gracefully making their way through the waters below. It's an experience bound to create lasting memories for your family.

Honolulu Zoo

Situated in Waikiki, the Honolulu Zoo is a captivating family destination. Home to a diverse array of animals from around the world, it provides an exciting and educational experience. Kids can explore the zoo's well-maintained grounds, encounter a variety of creatures, and learn about wildlife conservation through engaging exhibits and programs. With guided tours and seasonal events, the Honolulu Zoo offers a fun and informative outing for families on Oahu.

Book your Turtle Bay Family Friendly Vacation Rental

From exploring the cultural richness of the Polynesian Cultural Center to thrilling horseback rides along the North Shore's stunning landscapes, Oahu has something for everyone. Now, picture returning to the comfort and luxury of your very own Oahu vacation rental, where the beauty of the island is right at your doorstep. Take advantage of the chance to turn these dreams into reality. Book your Turtle Bay Villa today and unlock the magic of Oahu for your family. Let the adventure begin!