We all know that Hawaii is known for the pineapples, it's swells for surfing, the luaus, and for the amazing island vibes. With pineapples on the list this makes the Dole Plantation a spot that you must visit, plus you can't leave Oahu without trying one of these delicious pineapple floats or their pineapple ice cream. It's absolutely delicious. Me living here, sometimes I just go to eat the ice cream. Plus they have the world's largest maze. I mean how can you not want to get lost in the world's largest pineapple maze. Well here's my guide on visiting the Dole Plantation.
Behind the gift shop there's a botanical garden you can walk around in. This is perfect for taking pictures. So many flowers to see that are found all around the island of Oahu, along with various trees and sitting spots to just relax for a little bit and admire the garden's beauty. There's also a pretty pond there with a small waterfall and various lily pads floating around. If you love looking at flowers and everything in nature then you should take this tour.
If you're looking to learn more about the history of Wahiawa's Dole Plantation and how pineapples came to be a part of the Hawaiian islands feel free to take the train tour. My daughter loves doing this one just for the train ride. The train tour will take you on a train around several parts of the Dole Plantation showing you the history and historic sites, machines, etc. of the plantation. They will also tell you how pineapples came to be a part of Hawaii and where they originated at. It's a pretty neat and fun history lesson. It doesn't hurt to learn new things while you're vacationing.
The Dole Plantation has several tour packages making it easy for you to get what you want. There's no cost to go to the Dole Plantation but there is an admission cost to enter the maze, the botanical garden, and do the train tour. Now before you leave don't forget to grab yourself a pineapple float or a pineapple ice cream. You will never see pineapple the same way again. It's truly amazing.
GETTING READY FOR YOUR VISIT TO THE DOLE PLANTATION: When visiting the Dole Plantation make sure to bring a bag that will be easy to carry your belongings in. Also make sure to wear sunblock and if possible a hat. The maze is not shaded so you will get sunburned. Also bring water. They also have water in the gift shop but if you don't want to spend so much money on water bottles for everyone just bring some of your own. I like to bring my hydro-flask cause it keeps my water cold the whole day. Wear comfortable shoes cause you will be walking around a lot. Don't touch plants that you are unsure of. I haven't seen any poisonous plants here but I have seen some with thorns. Always watch your kids and make sure to take breaks in between each event to cool down. Hawaii can get hot especially when walking around outdoors. The restrooms are located in the gift shop on both sides. Don't destroy the plants or hurt them in any way. And bring money to eat your pineapple ice cream. Parking is free but can get full quick so it's good to arrive early and spend the day here. If you have little kids you may like to bring a carrier. I used my Ergo carrier to carry my little one around the maze and on the train. For all the other parts of the plantation I used a stroller. Take your time and enjoy.
Disclaimer: This post was in no way compensated. All opinions are my own from my own personal experiences. There are affiliated links on this post. Don't forget to always be courteous and respectful of others and always learn from each experience. Make sure to always make memories that will last forever. Keep the environment clean, if not cleaner than before and enjoy your visit to its fullest.
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