Things to Do With Kids on Maui

Yes, you should bring the kids on your Maui vacation. There's plenty to do, and a lot of it is outdoors—which is where most families want to be when visiting the Valley Isle.

The island is grand in its natural state, and you'll discover contrasting landscapes, from sweeping views of Wailuku and Central Maui while on the path of Kealia Pond National Refuge, to the glistening waters and powdery sands of Makena beach.

With all of Maui's natural pleasures, there's no need for an advance payment on tickets to an otherwise expensive theme park or having to push through an overly crowded attraction with lines that snake around a building. Let the following tips below guide you to an inexpensive yet adventurous family-friendly tour of some of the island's most picturesque locales. 

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Located along the south-central coast, between the towns of Kīhei and Mā‘alaea, Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge measures approximately 700 acres and is one of the few natural wetlands remaining among the Hawaiian Islands.  The refuge is a natural basin for a 56-square-mile watershed from the west Maui mountains.


Makena boasts some of the most diverse and rugged terrain on the island. The area’s Little Beach and Big Beach — known jointly as Makena Beach — are two of Maui’s best. The beaches are divided by Puu Olai, a cindercone with a challenging hiking trail that leads to its summit.

Maui Arts and Cultural Center

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Maui is the place to go for live music, concerts, theater performances and more. Find dance, Hawaiian music and internationally acclaimed artists on the events schedule.

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park encompasses the world’s largest dormant volcano and 26,000 acres of dry forests, rain forests and desert. The park is home to endangered animals and plants, such as the nene, a Hawaiian wild goose, and the silversword, a bizarre-looking plant with dense coats of silvery hairs.

The Shops at Wailea

Stroll outdoors and window shop at the most exclusive shopping center on the island. Find international fashion houses such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta and Prada, as well specialty boutiques. Browse through local art galleries and dine in style at one of the many restaurants on site.

Hana Highway

More of a journey than a place, Highway 360, colloquially known as the Hana Highway, is perhaps the loveliest and most diverse 50 miles in all of Hawaii. Sights include but are not limited to dozens of cascading waterfalls, one-lane bridges arcing across cliff sides wrapped in hanging gardens, and charming small towns.

Maui Ocean Center

This marine park is one of Maui’s top attractions and has been called “The Hawaiian Aquarium.” It includes a 750,000-gallon open ocean exhibit, with 2,000-plus fishes, live coral displays, green sea turtles, encounters with sharks and rays, and a touch tank filled with starfish and sea urchins.

Piiholo Ranch Zipline

This seven-generation family owned cattle ranch now offers Maui's longest side-by-side zipline - running over a half-mile long. Enjoy coastal and canyon views as you zip through a lush Hawaiian forest.

Iao Valley State Park

Covered in green foliage, the iconic ‘Īao Needle is a natural basalt pinnacle that  looms over the ‘Īao stream and is surrounded by the walls of the Pu‘u Kukui, the crater of a dormant volcano in the West Maui Mountains.

Atlantis Adventures

Offering submarine excursions in the waters off of Lahaina. See coral reefs and the remains of the Carthaginian, a replica of a 19th century whaling ship which now calls the ocean floor home, and serves as an artificial reef. Tours depart from Lahaina Harbor.