What are the best things to do with kids in Kauai?

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With natural beauty, full-service resorts, hiking, surfing and incredible beaches, there is no shortage of things to do with kids on Kauai. Here five suggestions from Forbes Travel Guide’s editors.
 
1. Hang out at the beach. There are several beaches on Kauai that are kid-friendly, including Poipu Beach, Kiahuna Beach, Hanalei Bay and Salt Pond Beach Park. Talk to lifeguards before venturing out into the water, as ocean conditions can change suddenly.
 
2. Snorkel at Lydgate Beach Park. This beach is protected from the open ocean by a lava rock wall, and the lagoon here is great for snorkeling. The area also features restrooms, picnic areas and lifeguards.
 
3. Stroll along Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. This 2-mile hike is easy and kid-friendly, taking you along an ancient coastline from Shipwrecks Beach to Keoneloa Bay. Along the way you’ll pass through native plants and cultural sites.
 
4. Visit the Kilauea Lighthouse. Tour the historic Kilauea Lighthouse (808-821-2242), which began lighting the way for mariners in 1913. This 52-foot lighthouse is one of the island’s most visited sites, with more than 500,000 people flocking here every year. Look for frigates, shearwaters and Laysan albatrosses that nest here in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
 
5. Get a shave ice. Head to Hanalei and the Wishing Well Shave Ice stand. Shave ice is a popular island treat that’s served on every island in Hawaii. This stand features the unique option of macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom of the shave ice (most places only offer vanilla ice cream).

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