South Point, Hawaii – Visit with KIDS
South Point, Hawaii – Visit with KIDS
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Most people think, incorrectly, that the southernmost point in the United States is in Florida, but that is not true!
That is the southernmost point of the contingent United States but overall…THE absolute southernmost point in the United States is the tip of the BIG island of Hawaii.
Learn more about Hawaii BEFORE you visit by reading books set in Hawaii with the kids.
South Point, Hawaii – The long drive there
The drive to South Point is a pretty drive, lined with vegetation that seems perfect for anyone’s idea of Hawaii. The vegetation is lush.
On the way, there see lava flows.
Read the signs to see that the colors of the lava give a lot of information.
The darker the lava the younger it is. Look at how things actually grow in what appears to be solid rock.
This is a great way to discuss how the lush greenery actually starts in this very barren looking rock type.
South Point, Hawaii – Kalaecoffee Kau Coffee Shop
Down the long winding road towards the actual tip of the island, you’ll find Kalaecoffee Kau Coffee shop.
Stop for a snack, drink or potty break. The kids will LOVE it!
The Kalaecoffee Kau Coffee Shop often hosts local mom’s groups so it is set up for kids. They have plenty of room to run around and a fun kids’ playground! Enjoy some yummy concoctions and pretty flowers while the kids burn off some energy.
South Point, Hawaii – Kalaecoffee Kau Orchid Farm
I’m not sure which came first, the coffee shop or the orchid farm, but what a great combination!
As the barista prepared our order I wandered around the indoor orchid growing area. Since a picture is worth a thousand words…..I won’t even try to describe the beauty. I’ll let you just enjoy.
South Point, Hawaii – Be prepared for the WIND
The wind at this southernmost spot of the United States is intense. We didn’t even let the kids venture too close to the high cliff!
I think getting blown off is probably unlikely…..but we erred on the safe side!
Those will long hair like mine should bring a hair tie or you’ll be untangling for hours. Check out this windblown tree.
Notice the windmills in the distance that make the best out of this strong and constant wind.
You’ll lose a hat with all that wind so bring hair ties!
South Point, Hawaii – Visit the tide pools
Take a few moments to look at a tide pool near the ocean’s edge. It is home to creatures that spend their entire lives here.
South Point, Hawaii – Take your photo
This absolute end of the United States makes a great “I was there!” photo.
South Point, Hawaii – Jump off the end of the world!
There were some brave souls present – though none in our party, who took a running leap off the end of the United States. Plunging many feet to the ocean floor while hooting and hollering all the way, they made it look fun!
South Point, Hawaii – The logistics
It is a long drive from Kona and a very curvy one. Plan on the day to get there, explore, and get back. If you have people in your party that get car sick you might want to plan some extra stops along the way. Admire the macadamia nut trees which grow alongside the road!
Order some to snack on while you plan your trip!
FYI – There is a green sand beach that you can technically get to from here.
Follow the signs and be prepared for either a long, hot hike or to pay an exorbitant fee for a very bumpy ride to the beach. Either way, it is a tough journey after you have already driven a long way from Kona.
I don’t recommend trying to visit the green sand beach for families with young children.
If you are heading to the BIG island of Hawaii be sure to read the related posts!
The Educational Tourist can help you plan the trip of your dreams!
Happy Aloha Travels,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist