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Waikiki Aquarium is in a lovely area of Waikiki. Just outside the aquarium is a large banyan tree where kids can pretend to be tarzan. Inside the aquarium is a grassy lawn where they can play. The seal exhibit and touch pools outdoors are nice. Inside are small tanks that have been designed beautifully. All different kinds of ocean environments are explored. The jellyfish exhibit is a favorite with kids, as is the big tank full of sharks and scary-looking fish. Splurge and buy your child a little stuffed animal of a dolphin or shark at the store at the end of your visit- no, I wasn't paid to say this!- my son loves his stuffed shark!
To the south of the aquarium there is Hau Tree Beach- some call it San Souci Beach- that is lovely for a swim with kids. It's very sheltered and there's a ton of wonderful shade created by the high rises behind.
Just outside the aquarium, a promenade on a lava-rock wall begins. The views of the Waikiki skyline are lovely from there, and you can walk past Queens Beach (a gay stretch of Waikiki Beach) and all the way to Waikiki Beach near Kapahulu Avenue, a great bodyboarding spot.
Other nice spots in Waikiki from west of here are: the ocean swimming pool, a safe spot for more timid swimmers, and very romantic at night with the moon shining on the still water; Duke Kahanamoku Statue Beach, in the center of it all; the Sheraton Beach, crowded but with great swimming; and all the way west before you hit the harbor, my favorite spot, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach, with tons of fun stuff for kids to do.
Waikiki Aquarium is a good rainy day activity. Another great one is Children's Discovery Museum.
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Park along Kalakaua Ave near the aquarium. The parking is metered and costs 25 cents per hour, and it can fill up on weekends.
Waikiki Aquarium, call (808) 923-9741. Cost is $9 for adults, $6 for local residents, $4 for teens, and $2 for kids. Children under 4 are free.
Open daily 9-5.
For beachgoers: There are showers at Hau Tree Beach, and restrooms at the nearby natatorium.
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