When you think Maui, you might think of serene, secluded beaches, adventuresome journeys into the rainforest, and sipping a cocktail while enjoying a sunset over the ocean. True, Maui can offer some of the best spots and activities for newlyweds, couples celebrating anniversaries, or really anyone looking for a romantic getaway for two. What you might not realize, though, is that Maui is also a perfect spot to vacation as a family. Not only do many major resorts offer entertainment, activities, and even entire areas geared toward kids, but there are so many more things to do on Maui that are fun for everybody.

               

Honu at Maui Ocean Center

You might get lucky and catch a glimpse of a sea turtle at the beach– but your kids will love seeing them up close and personal at Maui Ocean Center!

If you haven’t already, you and your kids will want to check out the Maui Ocean Center. Located centrally in Maalaea, it’s a quick drive from almost anywhere on the island. This state-of-the-art aquarium is home to sharks, turtles, fish, and so much more. Not only will your kids get up close and personal with Hawaii’s most fascinating sea life, they’ll also get a chance to check out interactive exhibits and even visit some friendly critters in the touch pool! Everyone from toddlers to seniors can find something to enjoy at this world-renowned spot. It also boasts a huge gift shop, with everything from toys to fine jewelry, where you’ll find keepsakes for everyone in the family.

 

If your kids are as swept up in the Aloha Spirit as you are during your Maui vacation, then reservations at the Old Lahaina Luau is a must. Your family will get a first-hand idea of a traditional Hawaiian lu’au, and enjoy world-class entertainment found nowhere else. If your kids are up for trying some new foods, this is definitely the place to do it. You might be surprised at what your kids will learn that they love at their very first luau. At this award-winning attraction, kids can also play games, learn crafts, and get a full interactive Hawaiian experience.

 

             

Your kids will be thrilled to catch a wave during their Maui vacation!

Your kids will be thrilled to catch a wave during their Maui vacation!

 Ask your kids what they think of when they think Hawaii, and I can bet at least someone will mention surfing. Make those Hawaii fantasies come true, and sign your kids up for some surfing lessons—right on the beach! There are several “surf schools” on the island, so call around to see what would work best for your kids. Some places take kids as young as five, but only you know your own child’s personal level of fitness and maturity, so use your best judgment.

For really adventurous groups, you may want to look into another water activity, such as parasailing. Kids as young as three (with mom or dad of course) can experience flying over the Pacific Ocean. Even if only one of your kids is brave enough to fly, the rest of the family is welcome to watch from the boat.

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Your kids will love soaring over crystal-blue waters during a Maui parasailing adventure!

 After packing in more fun than you ever thought possible during your Maui vacation, it’s time to relax. Sometimes, simple is best, and a day on the beach is the perfect Maui activity for kids and parents alike. There is nothing like priceless time as a family playing in the sand, splashing in the water, and maybe even doing a little snorkeling—maybe your kids will recognize some fish from the Maui Ocean Center! West-side beaches tend to have calmer waters, so we suggest venturing into Kaanapali and kicking back on the sand. Just don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen!

 If you’ve been thinking of Maui as the couples’ paradise, you’re definitely not wrong, but maybe it’s time to rethink a family vacation, and give your kids a summer (or winter!) vacation that they’ll never forget.