We brought our 8, 6, and 5 year old sons with us. Although most of the very few patrons are senior citizens and I was expecting boring, this was actually a fun experience for our kids. The various views of the ocean, mountains, and garden make for some great pictures and appreciation of the north Kauai landscape. The placards throughout are helpful with little tidbits about the plant, its history, nativeness to Hawaii, and endangered status (some of the plants are basically extinct).
Why is this a good stop for kids?
1) They give you a self guided guidebook which lays out the 41 different stops/markers so for the youngest kids, they loved running around "searching" for the next stop in the trail as if it were a treasure hunt. The older kids can actually read the very detailed guidebook and learn a great deal. Our 8 year old continued reading it while on the plane ride back!
2) It takes about 2 hours at a leisurely pace stopping here and there to read or to take pictures so great before or after lunch activity
3) The loop has various elevations and terrains (waterfall) so a fun hike that is fairly shaded throughout
4) The kids can wander and go at their own pace since its not near any main roads and no dangerous cliffs
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