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Things To Do In Honolulu

You don't have to leave America to find white sand beaches, volcanoes, and active Polynesian culture — you only have to leave the continental United States. Hawaii offers a wildly different travel experience due to its island excursions, art, Hawaiian food, and a tropical backdrop. As the largest city and capital of Hawaii, Honolulu is a popular destination that’s earned its place as a common bucket list item. Still, no visit to Oahu would be complete without seeing all the island has to offer. Read the following list for things to do in Honolulu, a bustling island metropolis.

Photos don’t do the immaculate landscapes of Honolulu and greater Oahu justice. Visit any of the island’s attractions, there is a lot of fun to be had in Honolulu and around the island.

The best activities near Honolulu include:

  • Seeing the World War II valor in the Pacific National Monument
  • Visiting Diamond Head State Monument, a volcanic tuff on Oahu
  • Taking a seaside photo with a scenic background at Waikiki Beach
  • Seeing the island wildlife at Honolulu Zoo
  • Doing some upscale shopping at Ala Moana Center

With excursions taking up most of your time in Oahu, there’s plenty of affordable or even free activities to do when you’re back in the city. Whether it’s relaxing at the beach or watching whales, Honolulu has something for everyone.

Cheap attractions near Honolulu include:

  • Whale watching at Makapu’u Point
  • Seeing Friday night fireworks on Waikiki Beach
  • Gong to a Jose Dynamite & Friends Comedy Show at O’Toole’s Irish Pub
  • Seeing the views along The Lanikai Pillbox Hike
  • Exploring the Ko Olina Beach Lagoons

With so many tourist attractions around Honolulu to explore, there’s plenty to pack your trip with. Consider booking excursions to iconic waterfalls or walk around downtown to learn more about Honolulu’s storied past.

Popular attractions near Honolulu include:

  • Visiting ‘Iolani Palace, the residence of historic Hawaiian royalty
  • Boarding the USS Missouri Battleship Memorial
  • Visiting Aloha Tower, a lighthouse considered a Hawaiian landmark
  • Taking a leisurely walk along Lanikai Beach
  • Walking around the Koko Crater Trail

Leaving space in your itinerary to explore Honolulu is essential. Enjoying it’s natural beauty and lively culture are the best ways to experience the island like a local. Try touring coffee farms, finding a picnic spot, or going off-the-beaten-path.

Exciting activities near Honolulu include:

  • Touring of Hawaii State Capitol Building
  • Scaling the walls of Arch Project Climbing Center
  • Going on a self-guided tour at Green World Coffee Farm
  • Picnicking at the Kapiolani Park
  • Trying new things at Tikis Family Fun Center

Honolulu’s inviting atmosphere ensures that no time is wasted in this bustling island metropolis. Whether you want to sing karaoke or go on a nightly excursion, there’s always something to do at night in Honolulu.

Nighttime activities near Honolulu include:

  • Going on Nocturnal Adventures Hawaii’s stand-up paddle board at sunset
  • Singing your heart out with karaoke at Nocturna Lounge
  • Grouping up for trivia night at Osoyami Bar and Grill
  • Exploring the twilight tours at the Honolulu Zoo
  • Tasting craft cocktails and jazz at Lewers Lounge