Ready to Explore:
10 Free Places to discover

The summer is the perfect time to explore. We picked 10 places to discover and explore with your family!

Nonou Mountain Trail (Sleeping Giant)
This is a great hike for all ages. Located in Kapaa, you can choose one of three trail heads to reach your final destination that offers sweeping views of the east side of the island.
Anini Beach
Head to the north shore for a beach that’s perfect for the kids. The drive is beautiful and the calm surf is perfect for keiki to play in the sun and sand all day.
Wet and Dry Caves
If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, check out the wet and dry caves located near Haena on Kauai’s north shore. Explore the vastness of the dry cave and stop for some photos of the wet cave on your way to Ke’e Beach.
Wai Koa Loop (Stone Dam)
This is a beautiful walk for the whole family and it can be as long or short as you’d like. Be sure to sign the waiver at Kauai Mini Golf before heading down the trail and if it’s the last Sunday of the month enjoy some free golf as kama’aina as well!
Kukuiolono Park and Gardens
Enjoy an afternoon stroll or a picnic in the gardens down in Kalaheo. This is a lovely spot for family activities in their large pavilion or walking along the path through the golf course
with the family pet.
Hanapepe Swinging Bridge
On your way to and from the west side take a break at these fun historic bridges. Bring the kids for some fun and enjoy the nearby shops and restaurants.
Polihale State Park
Head as far west as you can go to share a day of sun and sand at the beach. Polihale is a beautiful beach with a variety of places to swim, catch some waves, and even camp out for the weekend.
Hanalei Pier
If you’re looking for a place where everyone can have fun and enjoy their day, this is the place for you. Let the keiki practice surfing, grill out at the park, or watch a romantic sunset to end your day.
Lyda’s Field of Dreams
Did you know Kauai has a tortoise preserve? Down the road to Maha’ulepu near the Makauwahi Cave is a fantastic place where you can walk among tortoises, see their little ones, and even pet them! It’s a great little known gem that people of all ages can love.
Waimea Canyon
The Grand Canyon of the Pacific is always a great summer stop. Stop for the incredible views, take a hike on one of the dozens of trails available, take in information on local history at the Koke’e Museum, and enjoy a picnic at one of the roadside lookouts.