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36 Incredible Things to Do with Kids in Maui (Ideas for Never-ending Fun)

Maui is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. You and your kids are going to love it! And bonus – there’s enough activities to keep you busy and give you the right amount of relaxation. Here’s the top things to do with kids in Maui.

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Aloha! Things to do with kids in Maui

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Maui is home to the beautiful and famous Kaanapali Beach, which is ranked year after year as a TripAdvisor favorite by travelers. Of course you’ll find beaches sprinkled throughout the island, including some that are great for snorkeling or boogie boarding, which kids will love!

Other top attractions include the Road to Hana and visiting Haleakala National Park. But this list of the best things to do with kids in Maui goes beyond those!

You’ll find creative and unique things to do in Maui for families of all ages, vacation styles and abilities on this list. Maui has so much to offer!

Editor note: the fires of 2023 that devastated Lahaina are absolutely heartbreaking to the residents of Maui. This travel guide was originally created prior to the fires and as such some activities may no longer be available. Please be respectful when visiting west Maui. And of course, tip generously!

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Kids playing on Slaughterhouse Beach

Map of things to do with kids in Maui

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see in the list below. The island looks tiny on a map, but packs a powerful punch!

But before I get into the activity details…

What you need to know about Maui

First, let’s go over some important info – when to go, where to stay, what to bring, etc.

Best time to visit Maui

Between school and work schedules, you may not have much of a choice when you vacation to Hawaii. But as someone who’s visited Maui many times, I can say there’s not really a bad time to vacation in Maui with kids!

April to May and September to October offer fewer crowds than the rest of the year. You’ll find the best pricing on accommodations and more space at beaches and restaurants, so the activities on this list of things to do with kids in Maui might be more fun!

Alternatively, over winter break and Christmas tends to be the most pricey time to visit. Of course, it’s also a fun time of year to getaway if it you can afford it!

In fact, the seasonality is one of the main comparisons in the guide to compare Maui vs Kauai – both islands are so busy in December!

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Gorgeous beach views 😍

Summer is very busy because families are out of school and traveling more. Just be sure you have accommodations lined up when you find the perfect flights so you can reserve them both before they’re taken.

Speaking of which…

Best places to stay in Maui

Maui has something for every vacation style and budget. Each time we’ve been to Maui I’ve stayed someplace different, getting a little more perspective on the lay of the island.

Stay in luxurious accommodations with beach-front views. Or choose something inland and off-the-beaten-path for a more unique experience or to save a little cash.

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Pool views overlooking Kaanapali Beach

Here are my favorite accommodation options in each area of Maui…

By the way, I love using to search and book accommodations. I alternate between hotels and vacation rental properties, and this tool gives me the opportunity to search both at the same time. And bonus – it’s one of the more affordable travel sites out there.

Be respectful of the culture, nature and people

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Gorgeous views along the Road to Hana

As a guest on this island, it’s important to recognize this is not only someone else’s home, but a sacred land for native Hawaiians. Treat it with the ultimate respect.

Here are a few things visitors should or should not do when coming to Hawaii

  • Don’t touch sea life. It’s against the law to disturb sea turtles (“Honu”) and the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. Stay away from them in the water or on the beach.
  • Wear reef-safe sunscreen. Traditional sunblocks have bleached the reefs in Hawaii and around the world. Be sure to use mineral sunscreen when in Hawaii, like this one.
  • Don’t step on or touch the coral. It’s easily damaged from skin oils, and stepping on it could kill entire colonies that have been living for hundreds of years!
  • Preserve water. Maui often faces a fresh water shortage due to over tourism and overuse, especially during dry years. Use only what you need and nothing more.
  • Reduce, refuse and reuse when possible. This tiny island is maxed out of resources. Bring reusable bottles for water instead of buying single use plastic. This is my favorite water bottle for traveling. Recycle what you can, when you can.
  • Pick up after yourself and leave it better than how you found it. Don’t litter and if you see trash, pick it up.

More ways to be a visitor on this island, here.

Things to bring to Maui with kids

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Carrying all the gear after a day at the beach

When packing for a beach vacation with kids, you’re going to need more than you think. Depending on the age of your kids, it looks different for every family. One thing is for sure, when you’re going to Maui with kids, there are some items you don’t want to forget!

Here are some essentials you’ll want:

  • Rash guards. We already talked about mineral sunscreen above. But the best way to protect yourself is to layer up, even while in the water. I especially love rash guards for snorkeling. Make sure to bring one (or more) for each person in your family!
  • Water shoes. My family travels with them to beaches, hiking destinations and everywhere in between! Not all the beaches on Maui are have soft sand, and water shoes are worth taking when you’re enjoying Hawaii.
  • Snorkeling gear. If you’d like the flexibility to snorkel when and where you want, pack an extra suitcase with snorkel gear for everyone. This is the adult snorkeling set I use and love, and my kids loved snorkeling in a set like this during our last trip to Maui.
  • Underwater action camera. Filming my kids swimming in the pool and ocean, this camera was 1000% worth it to capture those fun memories! I used this GoPro to capture footage of sea turtles, fish, whales and even a shark! I used to think that a GoPro was overrated, but boy was I wrong!
  • Collapsible cooler. Perfect for traveling, a collapsible cooler gives you drinks on the beach, no matter how remote you are.
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D.T. Fleming Beach: one of the many picture-perfect beaches on Maui

For more tips and a complete packing list, here’s a full post on what to pack for Hawaii.

Alright, enough chatting already! Let’s do this!

Things to do with kids in Maui

Eeek! Whether it’s your first time to Maui or your 10th, there’s always more to see and explore! Here are the absolute best things to do in Maui with kids.

Quick note: these kids activities in Maui are detailed with age ranges and duration, so you can plan the best itinerary for your family.

1. Visit one of Maui’s most spectacular beaches

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: any

I mean, it’s probably why you booked a trip to Maui in the first place! With some of the best beaches of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui has plenty of them to choose from.

The famous Kaanapali Beach is 3 miles of shimmery gold sand waiting to be enjoyed. Or try the smaller Kapula Beach or Napili Beach. Both have picturesque, crescent-shaped beaches and are perfect for swimming.

On the eastern side of Maui, try Kamaole Beach Park I near Kihei or Ho’okipa Beach Park near Paia.

Whether your young kid loves playing in the sand or your older one is into surfing, Maui has a beach perfect for your family! Plus, it’s one of the best things to do in Maui on a budget!

Location: all around the island

2. Go whale watching

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Mama and baby whale slapping fins

Perfect for: ages 4+
Duration: 2 – 4 hours

If you’re traveling to Maui with kids between December and April, then whale watching is a must on your list! Peak whale watching season is in February, if you’re lucky enough to travel then you’ll see the most whales.

Whales can be seen from the coast, but you’ll get better views from the water. The magical channel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai creates some of the warmest waters in the Pacific. Humpback whales travel from Alaska to Hawaii each year for breeding and to have their babies.

Speaking of Alaska, whale watching is one of the top things to do in Ketchikan, and an adventure your family will love, if you ever take an Alaskan cruise!

Although I’ve been on several whale watching tours in Hawaii, I especially loved seeing the mama whale teaching her baby a few ‘tricks’ – and it’s something my kids loved too!

Pro tip: book a whale watching tour before you come to Maui as they do sell out! The mid-morning tours will typically have the calmest water and best lighting for photos.

Book your whale watching tour now

Location: 675 Wharf St Slip #8, Lahaina, HI 96761

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Kid-friendly whale watching tours are the best!!

3. Visit the Lavender Farm

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: 1 – 2 hours

One of the more picturesque spots in Maui is the hillside of Haleakala, at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. Young kids will love wandering amongst the beautiful lavender and gardens.

Parents will enjoy the amazing views of Maui from the hillside, while teens will capture the perfect social media shot or video surrounded by lavender.

This activity can be paired with a trip to Haleakala, or at the very least, be sure to grab lunch or dessert at Kula Bistro. It’s fantastic!

Note: the farm isn’t open every day, so be sure to plan it into your Maui itinerary.

Location: 1100 Waipoli Rd, Kula, HI 96790

4. Tour the pineapple plantation

Perfect for: ages 3+
Duration: 1.5 hours

Hawaii pineapples are the best on the planet! By touring a pineapple farm you and the kids will learn all about growing and harvesting pineapples.

Located in upcountry (closer to Haleakala on the east side of the island), the Hali’imaile Farm is a gorgeous backdrop for a tour of a working pineapple plantation.

Perhaps the best part is that you’ll get a free pineapple with every tour! And bonus – it’s packaged and ready to go on the plane ride home to enjoy after you leave Hawaii. It’s one of the top things to do with kids in Maui just for that reason! 😊

Book your pineapple tour now

Location: 883 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, HI 96768

5. Snorkel with sea turtles (one of the best things to do with kids in Maui)

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Snorkeling with sea turtles in Maui

Perfect for: ages 7+
Duration: 1 hour to 1/2 day

Maui has incredible snorkeling! As someone who’s a lover of all the Hawaiian islands, I’ve seen the best snorkeling on Maui.

Taking your kids snorkeling – whether it’s your 1st time or the 10th, is always exciting. Young kids can certainly snorkel, but I’m recommending it for ages 7+ base on the fact that kids should be pretty good swimmers in the ocean to snorkel.

The first few times I visited Hawaii, I took snorkeling tours. A boat will take you to all the best spots, you snorkel right off the catamaran and enjoy lunch or drinks while you sail.

My favorite was the snorkeling tour of Molokini. There were so many fish – and we even saw a reef shark while there, too!

In the last decade or so, we bought our family awesome snorkel gear and have been exploring beaches independently ever since.

If you choose to go this route, just be prepared and use caution when taking young swimmers out to the ocean.

For any kid, I’d recommend a flotation device in deep waters. I’ve heard too many stories about snorkeling accidents in the ocean. My 9-year old was comfortable with snorkel gear, fins and a pool noodle.

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Seeing a shark at Black Rock😳

Best snorkeling spots on Maui:

  • Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach
  • Kapalua Beach
  • Honolua Bay Beach
  • Molokini Crater (tour required)

Note: Hawaiian law requires you to stay away from sea turtles, and absolutely not touch them. It’s best to stay at least 10 feet away from sea turtles at all times. If you see a turtle while snorkeling, let them go on their way!

From personal experience, I know it’s hard to swim backwards when they come up to you. But don’t touch them and do your best to give them space. 😊

6. Try the famous malasadas

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: 30 minutes

Let’s move onto food! When in Hawaii, you must try the malasadas! Your kids will love them, too, of course!

Malasadas are like Hawaii’s version of a donut. This round pastry comes in a variety of flavors, and can be stuffed with rich creams and fruit.

My kids’ favorite was the cinnamon sugar. But we also enjoyed the filled versions like chocolate, strawberry and Bavarian creme. Try the fun Hawaiian flavors like Lilikoi (passion fruit), Guava and Mango, too.

My favorite malasada spot on Maui is Manuela Malasada in Lahaina. But if you’re staying in a different area of the island, there are plenty of bakeries that sell them.

Location: 243 Lahainaluna Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761

7. Check out Haleakala National Park

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Inside the crater at Haleakala National Park😍

Perfect for: ages 5+
Duration: 1/2 – 1 full day

You know this list had to include it! Haleakala National Park in eastern Maui is one of the top things to do with kids in Maui. Visit during the day for amazing sights of the inside of the crater. It’s an outer-worldly experience, as it seems like you’ve landed on a totally different planet!

The vivid colors of Haleakala are beautiful, and the views from the summit of the coastline and other mountains in the distance are equally as stunning.

Be sure to hike the Pa ka’oao Trail (0.5 miles) and Leleiwi Overlook Trail (0.3 miles). And if you’re in great shape, take the proper hiking gear and your older kids are up for it, try the Sliding Sands Trail (11 miles). You can actually hike down into the crater of Haleakala! 

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Maui with kids: hiking trails in Haleakala

For some pretty spectacular views, sunsets or sunrises are pretty magical. You can take a sunrise tour if you want a worry-free day. If you’re up for driving yourself, sunsets on Haleakala are pretty amazing too!

Dress for windy winter conditions, grab some beach chairs and watch as the sun dips into the clouds below.

Note: if you opt to go for sunrise, you’ll need a timed entry reservation through the NPS. If you do a sunrise tour, it includes your entrance reservation.

Location: 30,000 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

8. Bike down Haleakala (one of the most intense things to do on Maui with kids)

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Starting biking down Haleakala above the clouds!

Perfect for: teens
Duration: 1/2 day tour

This is such a cool activity, it deserves it’s own spot on the list. Often paired with a sunrise tour of Haleakala, you can get picked up by a tour company and driven to the top of Haleakala where you’ll be able to ride bikes that were specifically designed to go downhill.

Older kids and teens who are comfortable on bikes will love this experience. To watch the sunrise above the clouds is just magical, and riding from over 10,000 feet down to sea level is a thrill!

The bikes have amazing brakes and you won’t actually be pedaling very much considering it’s mostly downhill. The tour van carries equipment and follows the group so you can strip off layers as you descend so you’re in the perfect gear for downhill biking.

The winding roads are amazing to ride down the hill! This is one of my favorite activities on Maui!

Book your downhill bike ride now

Location: 30,000 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790, although most tours pick up at hotels or meeting places

9. Go boogie boarding

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Boogie boarding break!

Perfect for: ages 5+
Duration: 1 hour to 1 day

If your family is a fan of the waves, rent a couple boogie boards from Snorkel Bob’s or a rental place at your hotel and enjoy the day chasing the waves on the beach! It’s one of the best kids activities in Maui!

For less than $10 per person, you’ll get tons of fun for a day on the sand! You can boogie board on many of the beaches in Maui.

My favorite for boogie boarding is D.T. Fleming Beach. Located on the northwestern shore of Maui, it can see some pretty big waves!

The western end of the D.T. Fleming Beach has smaller waves than the eastern end. This beach can be shared by surfers and boogie boarders alike.

Location: D.T. Fleming Beach is at Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, although there are plenty of other beaches for boogie boarding

10. Visit Iao Valley State Monument

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Views of the Iao Valley in Western Maui

Perfect for: ages 3+
Duration: 1-2 hours

Home to one of the most crucial battles in Hawaiian history, the Iao Valley State Monument is an amazing sight to see! 

The most prominent feature is the Iao Needle. It’s a 2,250 foot high peak called Kuka’emoku, and was used as a lookout by warriors. The site is sacred to Hawaiians so please respect it as you visit.

Plan to wear water shoes as there are 2 paved hikes and one dirt hike. You can actually swim in the river and natural pools area, which can be a highlight for kids! 

The Iao Valley is one of the most humid spots on Maui, and it can be very rainy so be prepared. 

Note: at the time of publication there is a fee to park and per person charge to enter the park. 

Location: 54 S High St, Wailuku, HI 96793

11. Hit the pool (a favorite on this list of things to do in Maui for kids)

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Things to do in Maui with kids: pool time!

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: any

Obviously there will be swimming while in Maui! Whether it’s in the pool at your hotel or condo, or swimming in the ocean. Hitting the pool is kind of like a right of passage for a family vacation to Maui. 

Kids of all ages enjoy it. From babies waddling around in their swim diapers to teens playing football or Marco Pollo in the water, it’s a favorite for everyone!

Pro tip: one of my favorite ways to keep trips low cost is to bring my travel blender and make drinks before hitting the pool or beach at the hotel or condo. This is the blender I’ve traveled with to Hawaii, and it’s been perfect.

Buy drink mixes when you get on the island, and you’ll avoid paying the $15 or $20 drink costs! Works perfect for breakfast smoothies, too!

Location: your hotel or condo

12. Enjoy a shake on the beach

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: any

The entire atmosphere is perfect for beachfront dining. Listening to the ocean waves as your family enjoys a delicious shake from Burger Shack is a perfect way to spend the afternoon, and one of the top things to do in Maui for kids.

Try the Double Oreo, Royal Kona or Hula Girl flavors. Oh, and their burgers are good too if you’re there over lunch or dinnertime.

Located on the northwest side of Maui in Kapalua, the Burger Shack is nestled beside a great beach to enjoy after a shake.

Kids of all ages will want to take pictures of the ALOHA surfboards, too.

Location: One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui 96761

Things to do Maui with kids

Can you believe this list?! And it’s just barely started! More unforgettable adventures up next!

13. Experience the Road to Hana

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Black Sand Beach on the Road to Hana

Perfect for: ages 10+
Duration: 1 – 2 days

You knew it was going to be on the list, right?! The Road to Hana is a must-do at least once in your life. I’ve done it a few times, and wouldn’t take my kids on it until they’re at least 10, because it can be a lot of driving!

Hana is best done over 2 days – leaving your hotel or condo and exploring on the way there, the other either driving all the way around East Maui and exploring the back side of Haleakala National Park, or driving the road to Hana in reverse.

Kids will especially love Twin Falls, the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park (you’ll need timed reservations!) and Hamoa Beach (on the other side of Hana).

There are so many overlooks and picturesque spots along this gorgeous stretch of road, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see this gorgeous coast! 

Alternatively, you can opt for a full day tour of Hana with expert guides who show you the best spots, without the worry of driving all the switchbacks!

Take your time, let the kids stretch their legs at various points of the drive and enjoy!

Location: Maui’s northeastern coast

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Gorgeous shoreline along the Road to Hana

14. Take a Lei making class (one of the most unique things to do with kids in Maui)

Perfect for: ages 5+
Duration: 2.5 hours

One of the coolest and most unique things to do with kids in Maui is taking a lei making class! In all my trips to Hawaii, this is something I’ve personally never done, but I know my kids would love it!

Learn how to make a Haku Lei, or a traditional Hawaiian floral crown. Use high quality native Hawaiian foliage to make the perfect Lei.

Located in upcountry Maui near Haleakala, this activity would be perfect if you had family photos later that day or the next, or if you are planning to visit a Luau.

Location: 3643A Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768

15. Road trip Kahekili Highway and Highway 340 in Maui

Perfect for: ages 5+
Duration: 1/2 to 1 full day

If you’re staying on West Maui in Lahaina, Kapula or the Kaanapali areas, this is a fun day trip. It’s closer than the Road to Hana and doesn’t take as long.

You’ll get to see an undeveloped coastline on Maui that’s just gorgeous! It’s sort of like the Road to Hana, 20 or 30 years ago.

Kahekili Highway goes along on the west and north sides of west Maui. You can continue on to make a loop around the entire west side – past Lahaina and Kaanapali, too.

If you start in Lahaina or Kaanapali and head north, you’ll reach the Ohai Loop Trail right before Highway 340 ends. It’s one of the best things to do with kids in Maui.

This kid-friendly hike is just 1.2 miles total, and equally as scenic and fun for adults, too! It reminds me of the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail in Kauai, it’s so beautiful!

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Not for everyone, the one-lane road

A bit of a warning: this is a dangerous stretch of road in some spots. The extremely narrow, one-lane road is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t love to drive or don’t want to brave it with kids, you could just stick to highway 340 and turn back when it becomes Kahekili Highway.

Location: Northwest Maui

16. Visit the Nakalele Blowhole

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View of the blowhole from up close

Perfect for: ages 10+
Duration: up to 1 hour

Nestled along highway 340, this is one of the stops you’ll see if you drive along the Kahekili Highway and Highway 340.

If you’re simply wanting to stay on a 2-lane road (is that really so much to ask?), then take Highway 340 from Kaanapali around. You’ll drive through curvy coast until mile marker 38.5. There’s a pretty big parking area and typically a family selling sweet treats here.

From the parking lot, there’s an overlook you can hike to with young kids.

For adventurous families and older kids, you can hike the Nakalele Blowhole via Acid War Zone Trail. It’s a decent hike at 1.3 miles and rated as moderate difficulty, so flip flops aren’t recommended. Wear strudy shoes for this one!

You can actually see the blowhole in the distance from the lookout. But you’ll get better views if you hike to it.

Mother nature does what she does – and sometimes you’ll get a spectacular display of water through it. Other times you’ll wait 20 minutes for a small spit.

But the views along the coast are beautiful and worth the hike!

Location: navigate to Nakalele Blowhole, Poelua Bay, Wailuku, HI 96793

17. Hang out at the Lahaina Banyan Tree

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Lahaina Banyan Tree😳

Perfect for: any age
Duration: less than 30 minutes

The tree is massive in size, and something you can’t miss if you drive through Front Street in Lahaina. The Lahaina Banyan Tree the largest tree in Hawaii – but also in the USA!

Covering over 1/4 square mile, it’s almost 150 years old! The tree itself is unique in that it has 46 trunks. The branches stretched upwards as well as down into the ground and grew more roots! This has allowed the tree to grow bigger and bigger over the decades.

Kids will love taking pictures by the huge tree – but hanging on it is not allowed in order to preserve it.

This is – without a doubt – one of the most unique things to do on Maui with kids!

Location: 671 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

18. Go on an ATV adventure (perfect for your trip to Maui with kids)

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Side-by-side is the best way to see this pretty island!

Perfect for: teenagers
Duration: 2 hours

If you’ve got some thrill-seekers in your group, this is a perfect activity for you! Experience the sights of the island that most tourists don’t get to see, and all from a side-by-side UTV in Maui!

Guides will lead you on a tour on West Maui to the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve, with scenic views along the way. The tour is about 2 hours long, and is recommended for teens and older kids who love adventure activities.

Pro tip: you’ll get muddy so wear old clothes and shoes you won’t worry about getting dirty. Also be sure to bring water in your reusable water bottle as Maui gets hot!

Book your ATV Adventure now

Location: Napilihau Street, Napilihau St, Lahaina, HI 96761

19. Visit the Maui Ocean Center

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Visiting the Maui Ocean Center with kids

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: 2 – 3 hours

A popular activity in Maui for kids and adults alike, the Maui Ocean Center will certainly impress! In fact, it’s one of the most popular things to do in Maui for kids!

Yes, you can go to the actual ocean and go snorkeling (which is highly recommended 😉) to see local fish. Or, you can see a wide representation of the aquatic life you’ll see in the Hawaiian islands all in one place.

You’ll see vivid coral, sea turtles, sharks and a ton of fish! One of the most popular exhibits is a glass tunnel walking under the sharks and tuna fish. Also check out the 3D humpback whale film – it’s awesome!

Pro tip: ask when you’re there when the shark feeding or turtle feedings are happening – they’re awesome to see!

Location: 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793

20. Go shopping for souvenirs

Perfect for: ages 7+
Duration: 1 hour (or more)

Getting the perfect keepsake in Hawaii is a favorite for kids and parents alike! My favorite shopping in Maui is the shops in the downtown historic Lahaina.

From handmade wooden carvings to high-end jewelry, you’ll find something you love. There’s even a few toy shops specifically for kids. 

Pick up a Maui shirt, photo frame for your favorite beach photo or home décor item. My daughter’s favorite was this hat store, where she found the perfect beach hat.

Location: downtown Lahaina, Maui

21. Hike the Waihee Ridge Trail (one of my favorite things to do in Maui with kids)

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Stunning scenes from the Waihe’e Ridge Trail

Perfect for: active kids, ages 5+
Duration: 2 – 3 hours

If you’re looking for views that will take your breath away, Waihee Ridge Trail is it! One of the most fun things to do with kids in Maui, this hike is for those who are up for a challenge!

An out-and-back trail of 4 miles, with 1600+ feet of elevation gain, this trail has you climbing upwards for the entire 2 miles. But the views at the top are worth it!

If you have younger, ambitious kids, they can still do this trail. Take plenty of breaks when needed! The views get better almost the entire trail and are phenomenal at the top.

There’s a picnic table at the viewpoint, so grab plenty of water and a snack to enjoy the views.

My 6-year old made this climb, and was cheering everyone on as we descended the ridge with ‘it’s worth it at the top!’

Pro tip: pack sturdy hiking shoes and hiking poles for this one! These hiking boots are perfect for the trail, and ones I’ve worn hiking in Mt Rainier National Park, to the gorgeous Avalanche Lake in Montana, on the Kalalau Trail on Kauai, and many more spots!

Location: navigate to the Waihe’e Ridge Trailhead, Kahekili Highway, Wailuku, HI 96793

22. Take a Segway Tour

Perfect for: ages 12+
Duration: 3 hours

One of the most fun ways to experience an area is on a Segway Tour. I know, I know, it sounds super cheesy. But it’s actually really fun and a unique item on this list of kids activate in Maui.

You’ll get to experience the island with that cool ocean breeze while rolling around on a Segway. It’s a fun family activity for older kids and teens.

I recently did a Segway Tour in Sandusky, Ohio and we giggled almost the entire time!

Pro tip: wear athletic shoes with arch support since you’ll do so much maneuvering with your feet. Also bring a reusable water bottle with cold water because you’ll want it on the tour!

Book your Maui Segway Tour now

Location: 991 Limahana Pl, Lahaina, HI 96761

More things to do with kids on Maui

Got enough ideas yet? This list just keeps going! A few favorites are still up next…

23. Get a family photo session

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Family photo sessions are the BEST

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: 1-2 hours

Literally perfect for families, this is the best type of souvenir! Getting your family’s photos taken on the beach is probably more fun for the parents than kids, but it’s worth it for those beachy shots by a pro.

Finding local experts at a good price in advance can be hard, so I always try to look at area Facebook groups and support local photographers. I love using Flytographer when I travel, since the photographers are local.

Be sure to book this far in advance and coordinate outfits – or not! You do you, show up as your best self and hope the kids’ smiles aren’t cheesy. 😊

Location: usually a beach your photographer prefers!

24. Enjoy some shave ice (a must-do on this list of things to do on maui with kids)

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Can’t pass up shave ice in Maui!

Perfect for: all ages
Duration: up to 1 hour

I’m sad to admit this: I didn’t try shave ice until my 6th trip to Hawaii! Now that I know, I’ll never not get shave ice in Hawaii again!

The best shave ice in Maui is Ululani’s. (Just ask a local – they’ll tell ya!)

With a variety of locations to choose from, you’ll likely find one that’s close to where you’re staying or where you’re hanging out.

With tropical flavors like Sunset Beach (Passion Orange, Mango, Guava), Hawaiian Rainbow (Strawberry, Pineapple, Vanilla) and Coconut Lover’s (Coconut, Tiger’s Blood and Pina Colada) or traditional combinations like strawberry and sour apple, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone!

Location: Ululani’s has 6 locations all across Maui

25. Take a submarine tour

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Maui’s underwater world😍

Perfect for: ages 5+
Duration: up to 2 hours

Ever wanted to see the underwater world of Maui without the effort of snorkeling? One of the most unique things to do in Maui with kids, taking an underwater submarine tour is an activity the whole family will love!

Kids will also love seeing a replica shipwreck through the submarine windows. Oh, not to mention all the incredible sea life that lives in abundance around Maui!

Submarine tours are perfect for those who don’t like swimming or aren’t comfortable snorkeling, but still want to see the fish, sea turtles and colorful reefs around Maui.

Note: this tour is not for people who get claustrophobic.

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Location: departure at Lahaina Loading Dock, 675 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761

26. Go ziplining in Maui

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Thrilling zipline adventures!

Perfect for: ages 6+
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

One of the most unique things to do with kids in Maui is going ziplining! Best for older kids (and most places have age restrictions and/or weight qualifications for younger kiddos), this activity will get everyone’s adrenaline pumping!

Floating through the air over valleys with views of the mountains and the ocean is an indescribable experience! As someone who’s ziplined in places like Mazatlan, Mexico, Monteverde, Costa Rica, and in Maui, this tour is one of my favorites for the views!

You’ll find ziplining tours in Kaanapali and near Hana. Both are fun and offer different sights to see!

Pro tip: book a ziplining tour far in advance to get your preferred time and day during your vacation.

Book your zip lining tour now

Location: 2580 Keka’a Drive, Ka’anapali, HI 96761 or 2065 Kauhikoa Rd, Haiku, HI 96708

27. Experience a Hawaiian Luau

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Traditional Hawaiian Luau in Maui

Perfect for: ages 10+
Duration: 3 – 4 hours

One of the best cultural experiences you can have in Hawaii to learn about the islands’ history is to attend a luau. Most luaus provide you with a fresh orchid lei, traditional Hawaiian food and through powerful storytelling, the history of the island.

Your family will love the musical performance with fire, hula and chants as the island’s beginnings are recalled by some of Hawaii’s best entertainers.

Luau’s are best for older kids who can really understand what’s going on – and they’re one of the more pricey activities on this list. Although younger kids can attend, I’d recommend ages 10+ for this one.

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Location: 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Maui, HI 9675

28. Catch a sunset on the beach (another favorite on this list of things to do with kids in Maui)

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Sunset at Kapalua Bay Beach

Perfect for: any age
Duration: 1-2 hours

Admittedly, this is more of an adult activity. BUT the beautiful thing about it is that the kids will have fun playing in the sand and water while you enjoy the sunset. And if you’re lucky, you’ll grab some silhouettes of the kids, too.

Location: any beach facing west

29. Visit a butterfly farm

Perfect for: kids 12 & under
Duration: 1 – 2 hours

The Maui Butterfly Farm is a fun activity for younger kids (and adults, let’s be honest -winky face). 

Located near Lahaina, this fun find is one of the most unique things to do with kids in Maui. The farm is beautifully maintained and taking a tour lasts about an hour.

Kids will be able to see the different stages of a butterfly’s life, from eggs to adult butterflies. But perhaps the most fun part for kids will be hand-feeding the butterflies! 

Note: at the time of publication reservations are required, so book in advance (next day is typically available).

Book the butterfly farm tour now

Location: 820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

30. Tour a cacao farm

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Cacao before it turns to milky chocolate

Perfect for: kids 5+
Duration: 1.5 hours

One of the most unique things to do with kids in Maui is to visit the cacao farm. See the chocolate made from tree to table. The tour here reminds me of the chocolate making class I took in Belize. So fun!

Not to mention, the chocolate is top quality, and some of the best you’ll have!

By taking the Cacao Farm tour and chocolate tasting, you’ll learn the process of growing cacao and creating the chocolate we love to eat today. Check out the cacao trees, and watch the native cacao turned into glorious bars of chocolate!

Finish the tour with trying the award-winning chocolate. And of course, be sure to grab some chocolate to go!

Note: kids 3 and over are allowed on this tour, but I think kids ages 5+ would do best on this tour.

Book your cacao farm tour here

Location: Ku’ia Estates Chocolate Factory, 78 Ulupono St Suite 1, Lahaina, HI 96761

31. Go stargazing

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Watching the sunset above Haleakala before stargazing

Perfect for: ages 7+
Duration: 30 minutes

One of the most fun activities with kids on Maui, especially if you’re from an area that has a lot of light pollution from a city, is stargazing!

The Hawaiian Islands are great for stargazing. You can even imagine how ancient travelers used the stars and tradewinds to find the islands!

Anyway, the absolute best spot for stargazing is the top of Haleakala. Second best spot is anywhere else! 🤣 The best time is at least 90 minutes after sunset, but the darker it is outside, the better. 

Look for a cloudless night, and if you can stargaze on a thin instead of full moon, it’s better for seeing stars.

Location: 30,000 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

32. Enjoy food and entertainment at Down the Hatch

Perfect for: any age
Duration: up to 1 hour

Located in the heart of Lahaina, Down the Hatch restaurant has great food and entertainment for the whole family! Young kids love the Koi fish, older kids and adults will love the live music!

With excellent food choices for all ages for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you simply can’t go wrong with Down the Hatch. Oh, and they also have Breakwall Shave Ice, which is fun – and even boozy – flavors of Shave Ice!

Location: 658 Front Street Lahaina, HI 96761

33. Take surfing lessons

Perfect for: ages 6+
Duration: 1 hour

You’re in Hawaii – can you think of a better place to take surfing lessons?

Even if you’ve never surfed, it’s a great time to hop on a board and learn! Lessons are for the the whole family, young and old. You’ll just want to have a basic understanding of how to swim in the ocean, which is why it’s recommended for kids ages 6 and up.

Get instructions on land first to make you feel comfortable standing on the board before you hit the waves. You and your kids will love taking surfing lessons from a pro. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Kihei, Maui.

What a memorable experience!!

Book your surfing lessons now

Location: 2021 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Hawaii, 96753

34. Hit the playground

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Finding solitude at a local playground

Perfect for: ages 1 – 10
Duration: 1 hour

Every young kid loves a playground, right? Well, if your family just needs a break from the beach, or you’re between activities, finding a playground fun time for kids.

My family actually escaped the crowds and found a neighborhood playground, complete with this cool tree that provided a ton of shade – plus it was fun to climb!

Location: I want to respect the privacy of the neighborhood pictured above, so won’t name its location. But just Google playground when you’re on Maui.

35. Go kayaking (a really fun activity on this list of things to do in Maui for kids)

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Kayaking in Maui

Perfect for: ages 8+
Duration: 1 – 2 hours

Witness the beauty of the Maui coast from a kayak! It’s common to see sea turtles, dolphins and even whales (from December – April), all from your kayak. Whether you’ve never kayaked or have your own gear, taking a tour is a great way to experience the blue waters and underwater world.

Kids can be paired with adults in tandem kayaks for safety. Most kayaking tours and rentals in Maui are paired with a snorkeling experience.

It’s recommended for kids ages 8+ since there’s snorkeling included, and kids should be good swimmers (although life vests are required for the tour!).

Book your kayaking tour now

Location: Makena Landing Park, 5083 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

36. Walk the Lahaina Boardwalk

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Lahaina Boardwalk on Front Street

Perfect for: any age
Duration: up to 30 minutes

Front Street in Lahaina is where the action is. With a plethora of shopping and dining, you won’t get bored.

However, there’s a section of Front Street that has a really cool boardwalk right along the ocean. You can see the rocky shoreline immediately below the walkway. Watch further into the water to see boats leaving the harbor, or whales playing on the surface during whale season.

The boardwalk on Front Street is a fun spot for kids and adults alike. Grab a picture of your kid(s) along the railing as they walk this historic street in Maui.

Location: Front Street in Lahaina

Things to do with kids in Maui

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Capturing magical moments during sunset on the beach

Well, that’s a wrap!

Regardless of how you choose to spend your time, Maui is magical! Whether you’re on the go with tours and activities each day, or you’re a total beach bum with nothing but sunshine and sand, you’ll love your vacation to Maui with kids!

There’s plenty of things to do with kids in Maui. Let’s recap this list in a quicker fashion…

Things to do Maui with kids

  1. Visit one of Maui’s most spectacular beaches
  2. Go whale watching
  3. Visit the Lavender Farm
  4. Tour the pineapple plantation
  5. Snorkel with sea turtles
  6. Try the famous malasadas
  7. Check out Haleakala National Park
  8. Bike down Haleakala
  9. Go boogie boarding
  10. Visit Iao Valley State Monument
  11. Hit the pool
  12. Enjoy a shake on the beach
  13. Experience the Road to Hana
  14. Take a Lei making class
  15. Road trip Kahekili Highway and Highway 340
  16. Visit the Nakalele Blowhole
  17. Hang out at the Lahaina Banyan Tree
  18. Go on an ATV adventure
  19. Visit the Maui Ocean Center
  20. Go shopping for souvenirs
  21. Hike the Waihe’e Ridge Trail
  22. Take a Segway Tour
  23. Get a family photo session
  24. Enjoy some shave ice
  25. Take a submarine tour
  26. Go ziplining in Maui
  27. Experience a Hawaiian Luau
  28. Catch a sunset on the beach
  29. Visit a butterfly farm
  30. Tour a cacao farm
  31. Go stargazing
  32. Enjoy food and entertainment at Down the Hatch
  33. Take surfing lessons
  34. Hit the playground
  35. Go kayaking
  36. Walk the Lahaina Boardwalk

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Tuesday 17th of May 2022

Maui looks like paradise! And those malasadas look absolutely divine!


Wednesday 18th of May 2022

Ah Rachael it absolutely is paradise! You'd love everything about it - especially the malasadas ❤️

Linda Jane

Saturday 14th of May 2022

Maui looks so beautiful and your post is very inspiring. I think snorkelling with sea turtles would be at the top of my list!


Monday 16th of May 2022

Yes Linda Jane! It's one of the most incredible experiences, especially to kids :)


Saturday 14th of May 2022

This is a brilliant list, I think you'd have to stay on the island for a month to tick through it all...some great suggestions for the very young also...thank you for the inspiration


Monday 16th of May 2022

Doesn't a month on Maui seem like a dream? 😉