Waimea Valley, Don’t miss out on awesome family fun!

Waimea Valley is fun for the entire family.

I have been to a Oahu multiple times over the course of my life. Yet, there are still many places we have never been to. This year we visited Waimea Valley. It is one of our new favorite places on Oahu. Join us as we continue the How to enjoy your Oahu vacation with your Toddler series. So far we have covered packing for your trip and flying with your toddler. Now we will talk about some things to do and see when you get there.

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.

Waimea Valley thank you for sponsoring our families visit to the park. We had a lovely time and can’t wait to come again!

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.

Waimea Valley is located on Oahu’s beautiful north shore. As we came down the entrance road you feel like you are being transported to and episode of LOST. Which is fitting since some of the filming took place at Waimea Valley. In fact, there was filming for a movie taking place during our visit. This park is a great place for the entire family. With paved trails and even a shuttle option no one has to miss out on this beautiful adventure.

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
The paved trails are surrounded by nature. There are plenty of trees that provide a nice amount of shade.
Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
These are my favorite trees on the island. I grew up calling them monkey trees.

 

The park consists of 1,875 acres of tropical gardens, trails and a beautiful waterfall. The paved trail to the waterfall is 1.5 miles round trip. There are many beautiful native and endangered birds to be seen in the park. Click here for admission prices, location and hours.

Here are a few tips before you visit.

Call ahead of time.

Sadly we were not able to swim in the waterfall because there was too much runoff from the rain. They did give us a return voucher that lasted 10 days but we would not be back out that way during our trip. So, if swimming in the waterfall is an important part of your visit call before you go and make sure swimming in the waterfall is open.

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
The beautiful waterfall.
Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
There are endless photo opt locations.

Use a stroller or carrier

There were many families on the trail. Some had strollers, others used baby carriers. Both methods would work fine. There are plenty of resting areas along trails. If you would like to explore the gardens off of the paved path I would use a carrier. Although having the stroller to carry our stuff was convenient.

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
We had a bit of gear to carry so having the stroller was handy.

There are changing rooms and restrooms.

Once you get to the waterfall area there are two changing areas, restrooms and benches with sun shade. We sat on the benches and watched the waterfall while eating an afternoon snack we brought with us. It was the perfect place to take a break and recharge.

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
Changing rooms near the waterfall.

Take your time.

As I said before, there are many small trails off of the main path. Explore them. Enjoy all of the beautiful trees, flowers and nature that surround you.

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
Everywhere you turn there are beautiful things to be discovered.
Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
Look at that color!
Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
One of many beautiful flowers to be found in the garden.

We can’t wait to go back and explore some of the other paths and gardens that we could not see with the stroller. We also hope to be able to swim in the waterfall on our next visit!

Waimea Valley is a great place for the entire family. Visit shortsweetmom.com for some tips before your visit or pin for later.
We all had a lovely time.

Have you ever been to Waimea Valley? What was your favorite part? 

If you found this post helpful then be sure to check out:

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11 Helpful Tips to Flying with a Toddler, Challenge Accepted 

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3 of the Best Kid Friendly Hikes on Oahu

3 of the Most Amazing Kid Friendly Beaches

 

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