Hawaii vs California

Old Feb 27th, 2013, 11:10 AM
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suze, it's the flight to Hawaii from Kansas that makes me think SD may be the better choice for the OP. The flight from CA to HI comes pretty close to violating my frustration threshold, I can't imagine it would be any different for a 4 year old. We probably have the same attention spans.
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 11:36 AM
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I'd stay in Anaheim for a few nights for Disney, if you get a 3 day or more parkhopper ticket you get one free Magic Morning when you get to enter the park one hour before opening. Plenty of motels and hotels across the street from Disneyland on Katella.

Then move to San Diego, try and stay near the beach if it is in your budget. Kids are the perfect age for Legoland (only about a 45 minute drive in Carlsbad). Zoo is world class and Sea World is nice as well.
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 11:57 AM
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"...it's the flight to Hawaii from Kansas that makes me think SD may be the better choice..."

I kinda see it as another five hours on the plane vs. the frustration of standing in lines at theme parks. Might even come close to equaling out, or worse, if traveling around Labor Day.
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 11:59 AM
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3 days at Disneyland wouldn't be my cup of tea, and I LIKE Disneyland. I think you can't go wrong with 1 day at Disneyland, 1 day at Legoland, 1 day at SeaWorld, and the rest around San Diego in general (beaches and other).

But Hawaii is NEVER out of the question!
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 11:59 AM
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Forgot about the zoo and wild animal park.
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 02:13 PM
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af7 - not sure I understand your comment about forgetting about the Zoo and Wild Animal Park (Safari Park now).

Kids love those places.
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 03:34 PM
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tomsd, She didn't say to "forget" about them as in not going to. Rather she had forgotten to mention them.
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 04:30 PM
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Suze is right!
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 06:37 PM
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One week for a trip to Hawaii including flights?? With little kids? No.Way. Head to Anaheim, do Disneyland, one other place nearby and head home.
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Old Feb 27th, 2013, 08:57 PM
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I'm late to the discussion, so if this has been mentioned I'm sorry in advance.

If you tried to do Hawaii & California in one trip you'd lose days. For example, Hawaii from LA is a 5 hour flight and by the time you arrive, get a rental car and settle into your hotel you've lost a day of your vacation - and another day in your return flight. So you basically would have 1 1/2 days each in Hawaii and Calif. Not worth it.

I'd pick San Diego. Coronado (across the bay from San Diego is a perfect area for young families). You would still have great freeway access to all the kid friendly attractions like Balboa Park, the Zoo, Sea World and Legoland. And Coronado's beach is consistently ranked one of the best beaches in the world.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 06:14 AM
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Agree with nanabee - but also consider La Jolla and the lovely cove. Also the tidepools at Cabrillo National Park/Pt. Loma. On my wife's laptop or would copy the site page for you.

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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 06:22 AM
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But - as I said early on - we love Hawaii. If the kids are good travelers and that's what you want to do - go for it. Kauai is our favorite (the lush "Garden Isle") - and Big Island/Hawaii probably has the most different things to do - but we also love Maui (great beaches) and Oahu - the "gathering place" - but you could save Oahu for another time - when you might want to take advantage of their more frequent "deals".
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:11 AM
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thanks tomsd. we've tried to get over there to try it. in fact, funny you mentioned it - i've had their name/address/phone number on a sticky post-it on my computer screen! this is a sign! we'll probably go next week after work.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Go to Southern California. As somebody else said, save Hawaii for when the kids are older and they can appreciate it. Why spend all that extra time and money to get to Hawaii when the kids can't and won't get that much out of it? California would have a lot more for them to do. You can only plop them on a beach and give them toys for so long.

Personally, if this was me I'd find somebody to watch the kids for a week and just go to Hawaii with your spouse.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 09:23 AM
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WhereAreWe: Kids have fun wherever's there's a pool, actually, but I'd drop the kids off somewhere, too!
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 10:06 AM
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Also - there are lots of things for kids to do in Hawaii. I would suggest you try to make it 8 or 9 days in Hawaii(leave on a Friday - fly back 9-10 days later)- maybe spending 4 days on Oahu - and taking them snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (try the masks ahead of time to see if they can handle it) - and even if they don't swim - you can wade out to see fish, visit Sea Life Park, ride the train along the beach out at Ewa beach, go to the zoo, etc.

Then fly over to Kauai - a 20 minute flight and the inter-island airport is easy to maneuver) - and ride up the Fern Grotto river, see the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", ride horses, maybe go to a Luau, go for walks/hikes, etc.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Sounds good, Tomsd, but the op only has a week for this vacation.

Tomsd: Where do you find Oahu deals? I'd like a good resource to check on now and then. I love Oahu.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 12:40 PM
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Go to Hawaii when you can really experience it - the OP is adventurous and loves the outdoors, but with children that young they will be fairly limited in those adventurous outdoor activities.

4 and 5 year old children will be fairly limited in what they can do in Hawaii. If they even want to snorkel, an adult would have to be watching them the whole time - so the adult would actually not get to snorkel very much. Horseback rides generally have an age limit - if you could even find a ride that allows children that young, it would be pretty limited in where they go for liability reasons.

Sure they can go to the pool and play, sit on the beach and play, go to the zoo, etc. But those are all things they can do on the mainland - that's my point. There are so many adventurous outdoor activities in Hawaii that would be eliminated or curtailed when travelling with young children, so just wait til they are older, go without them or go to Southern California where they can find many more kid-friendly activities for a week. OP did say they want one day at the beach...but that leaves a lot of time for other activities and there's so much more for the kids in California.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 02:38 PM
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emily - I know a lot of "deals" I check out from past trips but just google away to see what is currently being offered. Let your fingers do the walking.

Any particular things you are looking for?

And if you arrange it to travel to Hawaii over two weekends - leaving on a Friday am (or even a Thursday) - and returning on a Sunday of the 2nd week - you can enjoy 9/10 nights there. That's what we did a lot anyway.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 02:41 PM
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And whereweare: It's all up to the travelers how much they want to see Hawaii now (and maybe plan to return again soon) - v. coming to say - lovely SD.

IMO - the kids could have a lot of fun there Hawaii - and also here. Agree - either place - find some activities where maybe the parents can enjoy a few hours alone while the kids are being entertained by other responsible ones.
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