Last year we were able to take a wonderful trip to Maui, Hawaii to visit with my husband’s parents. We planned ahead and found so many fun things to do with the whole family, so we wanted to share how we had family fun in Maui!
We decided that the first morning we were there we would brave the trip to the Haleakala National Park to see the volcano crater, but first we made the most important stop of the day at T. Komoda Store and Bakery in Makawao. The donuts and pastries they sell are delicious! Absolutely, one of the most essential and important stops in Maui is this bakery!
After we had our fill of delicious pastries, we set off up the windy road to Haleakala. We sang, told jokes, and marveled at the beautiful scenery. It really is a windy road though and it seemed pretty tight at times, but we made it to the top and got to see the volcano crater. Make sure you at least take a jacket! You wouldn’t think that Hawaii would get cold at all, but up there it is pretty chilly. We didn’t go early enough to see the sunrise, as so many people do, but I think we went at the perfect time for our family because the road and visitor center were not busy at all.
Another place that we visited on this trip was the Kula Botanical Garden. We loved seeing all the awesome flowers and plants! They also had some animals that the kids loved watching. Be aware that most of the trails are stroller accessible, but some are not. The whole garden is on a hill, so if you have children in a stroller, be prepared for some major pushing!
We also visited the Surfing Goat Dairy. We got there just as they were about to close, so we didn’t go in the actual farm, but we bought some goat cheese truffles and the kids got to watch the baby goats play on the surfboards! If we ever go again, I hope we see this place a little bit more!
We also loved the Maui Ocean Center! This is definitely one of our kids’ favorite places on Maui! This time we even rented the little speaker phone things so we could learn more information about all the sea creatures. Our favorite is the long tunnel through the aquarium! I think our kids could spend hours in there.
We wanted to ride the Sugar Cane Train and drove all the way to Lahaina to go on it, but it was broken down. I don’t know if that happens often, but if we go again, we will be sure to call them to make sure it is running before we drive all the way there.
And of course you can’t go to Maui without going to one of their great beaches! We were able to go a few times and loved each one, The beach that was was closest to where we were staying was Wailea Beach and it was beautiful!
If you are planning a trip to Maui with kids, let me know if you have any questions about the places that we visited. I would love to help!