Best affordable adventures in HonoluluWednesday, June 20, 2012 4:16:25 PM
The prices for your Hawaii plane tickets were a bit more than you expected, but the family has been looking forward to this vacation for months, and you're sure you can make it work. And you will. Your main focus should be what you're going to do in Hawaii. After finding a great deal on a car rental in Honolulu, you'll find the warm weather and natural scenery provides a number of affordable adventures that the whole family can enjoy. Here are just a few the best.
Visit the royals
Got a little princess in the family? She's sure to enjoy - as are you and the rest of the brood - a trip to Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii's monarchy. A National Historic Landmark, the palace was the home of Hawaii's last royal, Queen Lili‘uokalani. Flanked on either side by giant palm trees, entering the gates of a real palace is sure to make any child who dreams of a world of kings and queens squeal with delight. After seeing the palace's beautiful woodwork, deep red carpets and elegant chandeliers, you may even resort back to your own childhood fantasies for a moment.
Become beach bums for a day
The surf of Honolulu is legendary for a reason, but it can be hard to uncover your own little strip of paradise. Instead of joining the crowds at Waikiki Beach, head to the family-friendly sands of Ala Moana Beach Park. Protected from the strong coastal waves by an artificial reef, little ones can practice their swimming strokes here to their heart's content without fear of being carried awat by strong currents.
Hang with the local … wildlife!
Children of all ages - even kids at heart - love opportunities to look at animals. More than a dozen different species flock the skies in and around Honolulu, including the Zebra Doves, the elegant blue-bodied, red-headed Red-Crested Cardinal, the Shama Thrush and even the intelligent Common Myna.