Take your next family vacation in a lush, tropical island paradise. Enjoy a much-needed break with the family and head to a place full of sand, sun, fun, and plenty of rest and relaxation. When you plan your tropical trip, be sure to include a stay on Oahu. You’ll find plenty of things to keep you busy, including plenty of family-friendly Oahu activities for every age!
USS Arizona Memorial
President Roosevelt called the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, “A date which will live in infamy.” The attack marked the country’s official entry into World War II. A visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is something to put on your family’s must-do list, along with a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial Museum, built directly over the wreckage of the warship that was so irreparably damaged, it didn’t see a day of action in the war. A 45-minute guided tour of the memorial hosted by National Park Service members runs daily 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tours run every 15 minutes, and each tour is capped at 145 people in accordance with US Navy and US Coast Guard regulations.
While your trip to the Hawaiian Islands will likely include a lot of beach-bumming, you’ll also want to make time to see the sights. A driving tour around the island will give you a good look, but some places deserve more than a glimpse out the car window. Get out and take a hike through stunning landscapes for awesome views you don’t get from the car. Explore trails for beginners, like Aiea Loop Trail, a less than five-mile loop that takes you through some of the island’s native beauty, or the Diamond Head Trail, a great option for expert hikers who want a breathtaking view from the top of the volcano.
There are plenty of things to do and see during your Oahu family vacation. Spending a little time on the beach each day is a must. Whether it’s just to sit out in the sun, or you wade into the water for some swimming or other fun, a day at a beach on Oahu is not to be missed. Many tourists flock to Waikiki Beach for the iconic experience. Avoid the crowds and explore other beaches around the island, including the one that’s close your rental.
Charter a boat that seeks out some of Oahu’s sea life. There are several charters that will take you out in search of dolphins, whales, and other ocean dwellers that swim the warmer waters of Hawaii. Don’t forget your camera! You might even win their companionship and be able to watch as they race alongside the vessel.
Coral Crater Adventure Park
Head out on an adventure through Oahu’s beautiful wilderness. The company offers zipline tours (3-6 ziplines), where you’ll be guided through the course by professional guides. The full tour is approximately two hours long. Stay at the park and climb the “adventure tower” featuring rope bridges, ziplines, a climbing wall, and more. Cool off after all the fun with a ride on the thrilling Da’ Flowrider bodyboard wave simulator at Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii. All adventures are suitable for guests six-years-old and older. All safety gear is provided.
Before Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, it was its own unified and internationally recognized kingdom. Traces of the monarchy remain throughout the islands, including Oahu. The palace was the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, full of grandeur and opulence fitting of a monarch. The restored building in downtown Honolulu is a National Historic Landmark. Two of the island chain’s most notable monarchs, King Kalakaua – who built the magnificent structure – and Queen Liliuokalani, lived in the building.
The natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands extends to below the waves crashing along its shores. There are a number of tour companies that will take you to some of Oahu’s most breathtaking locations for a look above and below the water. Explore reefs, shipwrecks, or swim with sea life like a variety of fish species or sea turtles! Companies usually provide all the snorkeling gear – mask, snorkel, and swim fins. Some allow you to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, too. Check age requirements before booking, some companies allow children as young as three to take the plunge, while others prefer children be eight and older. Make sure to pack an underwater camera to capture the magnificent underwater world.
Bring the Family to Oahu
From a cozy studio for your small family, to a two-bedroom your larger family, Midway Vacations has a cozy vacation rental that’s just right for your Memorial Day retreat. Arrive and feel the stresses and worries of home melt away and be replaced by the spirit of Aloha. Prepare ingredients for a family picnic on the beach, relax in an open living space, or retreat to a private bedroom.
Contact us today to start planning a family adventure to Oahu!