Family vacations in Honolulu can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Honolulu family vacations.
Address: 2909 Kalakaua Ave. to 2005 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: N/A Hours: Open 24 hours Price: Free
Diamond Head State Monument
Address: Diamond Head Road between Makapu'u Avenue and 18th Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96809 Phone: 808-587-0300 Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Price: Vehicles, $5; pedestrians, $1
Honolulu Children's Discovery Center
Address: 111 Ohe St., Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone: 808-924-5437 Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price: Adults, $10; Hawaii residents and military, $8; seniors (62+), $6; infants under 1, free
Once the home of Hawaii's monarchs, 'Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States. The two-story palace was completed in 1882 and combines European design with Hawaiian building products for a unique result. Today, the palace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and welcomes visitors to view its beautifully restored rooms.
Address: 364 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96804 Phone: 808-522-0822 Hours: Open Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.; Tours begin every 10 minutes. Price: Self-guided tours: Adults, $12; children 5 to 12, $5; children under 5 are not permitted in the palace
Address: 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: 808-847-3511 Hours: Open Wednesday through Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: Adults, $17.95; seniors (65+) and children 4 to 12, $14.95; children 3 and younger, free
The USS Arizona Memorial At Pearl Harbor
Exactly 1,177 crew members lost their lives on the battleship USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. Today, the USS Arizona Memorial honors them and others who died that fateful day. Visitors to the site watch a 23-minute documentary about the attack at Pearl Harbor before boarding a Navy boat to the memorial, which straddles the sunken USS Arizona.
Address: 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818 Phone: 808-422-3300 Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price: Free
The 42-acre Honolulu Zoo is located in the vast Kapiolani Park in the heart of the city near Diamond Head. The zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals. Highlights include a tropical rainforest and an exhibit that showcases the animals of the Pacific Islands.
Address: 151 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: 808-971-7171 Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Price: Adults (ages 13 and older), $13; Hawaii residents, $6; children 4 to 12, $3; children 3 and younger, free
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