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Bringing the Kids to Waikiki Aquarium

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The Waikiki Aquarium is a Fun Option!

Spending endless days on the beach in the hot sun is awesome for a few days, but sometimes you just need a break. You don’t have to go far to stay near your hotel in Waikiki and get off the beach for a few hours. Head to the Waikiki Aquarium for a fun-filled day of learning all about the sea creatures that inhabit Hawaii.

The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located on Kalakaua Avenue, on the shoreline in Kapi‘olani Park in Honolulu. Kids under 13 can get in for just $5 and adults pay $12. Kids under three are free, so this can be an affordable excursion if you have a young family.

As the second-oldest public aquarium in the country, the Waikiki Aquarium first opened its doors in 1904 and was known as the Honolulu Aquarium. Upon its grand opening, there were only 35 tanks and 400 marine organisms. Last year marked the facility’s 110th anniversary, celebrating with a green sea turtle exhibit with six hatchlings on loan from Sea Life Park.

With so man permanent and rotating exhibits, the Waikiki Aquarium offers the following:

• Amazing Adaptations
• Hawaiian Marine Communities
• Ocean Drifters
• Hunters on the Reef
• Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat
• Ocean Aquaculture
• Coral Farm

The kids will love getting up close and personal to anything from invertebrates like anemones to reptiles like the yellow-bellied sea snake. If you’re in the planning stages of your trip to the aquarium, there’s a cool web cam you can check out for live shots of H?‘ailona, a Hawaiian monk seal rescued on the Island of Kaua‘i more than three years ago after being abandoned by his mother.

The Waikiki Aquarium also offers

Several ongoing classes and activities, annual events, community group visits, school programs and private events. Every Thursday at 3 p.m., the aquarium gives a behind the scenes tour where you can learn about the inner workings of the facility, such as how the marine animals are fed, and even what the backs of exhibits look like. On Sunday, October 25 from 6 p.m. 8 p.m., sign up for Exploring the Reef at Night where you can look for night-active crabs, lobsters, eels, octopuses, sleeping parrotfish and triggerfish. If you have an adventurous youngster or two, this program is great for kids ages six and up.

With a mission of inspiring and promoting the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Pacific marine life, the Waikiki Aquarium is the ideal place to bring your children and educate them on the vast marine life inherent not only in Honolulu but all of Hawaii and beyond.

If your Hawaii plans take you further afield to Oahu, look up Hoku Hawaii Tours and book an excursion with us. If you enjoy nature, why not come with us on our Eco Adventure Tour?