If you ever find yourself on the island of Kauai with children, spend some time at Lydgate State Park:
First, the surf can be rough but a two “pools” have been created with lava rock to break the wave action and create the perfect place for children to frolic. There are also some of the most tame fish in these pools, so your budding snorkeler can put her face in the water and see fish while you help her float.
Second, if your land bound your kids will love running around the Kalamani Playground. It can be one of those lifesaver moments when you are looking to run the keiki’s legs off before a long trip to the north shore.
Third, a long path winds through the park providing a nice place to walk and unwind. Eventually, when the work on the Kuhio Highway over the Wailua River is complete it will connect to the Lihi Park to Ahihi Point trail for a total length of 8.7 miles. The Ke Ala Hele Makalae will be a great place to run or bike along the east shore of Kauai as portions are completed.
If you get lucky, like we did on our first day, you might get to see an endangered monk seal:
Between swimming with fish and seeing a monk seal, I may have created a mini-marine biologist at Lydgate. Thankfully I have been fully funding that 529 plan for a while now.
BTW, I just fell in love with the panorama picture feature on my iPhone. It is one of those “so cool” technologies that constantly amaze me.