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Lydgate State Park, Wailua

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Swim and snorkel in the calm waters of Lydgate State Park. Aimed mostly at families with small children, the area is quiet and employs lifeguards. Relax in shallow man-made salt pools, sunbathe, or stroll the soft, sandy beach. You'll discover an extensive playground with swings, slides, bridges, and tree houses as well as 4 km (2.5 mi) of coastal trails. You can feed fish, play frisbee, ride bicycles, and fly kites at the site. Restrooms and showers are provided. Plan to visit Lydgate State Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Wailua attractions using our Wailua day trip tool .
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  • This park offers many amenties: covered picnic benches, multiple bathrooms, concrete walking path, grassy areas, kids playground, easy ocean access and an awesome shore for beach walking and ocean vie...  more »
  • We have enjoyed walking along the beach on a nicely paved trail and picnic areas etc - great for walking, bikes & people watching - all with super views of the ocean. Even if you aren’t a swimmer, don...  more »
  • We stopped here to kill some time on our Aloha day on Kauai, before heading to the plane. The beach here is narrow but super long, and not many people here on January 3rd either. There is a small area...  more »
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  • A really wonderful place to spend the day on Kauai. We stayed at the North shore during winter and most beaches are advised against swimming at that time on year. We wanted to find someplace with calm waters and the swimming ponds at Lydgate State Park were perfect. We spent most of our time looking at the beautiful tropical fish that we could see even without snorkel gear because the water was so calm and clear! A great place to snorkel too through. Many people had their gear on and I'm sure they got a better view than me did!
  • My favorite beach on the island to chill in the water. Good place to learn how to snorkel. Not a lot of variety of fish to see but you will see some large fish. If you are not a good swimmer, afraid of sharks, have small children then this is the beach for you. There are two enclosed swim areas that are wonderful to sit on your floatation device and enjoy the sun without worry. A smaller enclosed area for younger children. Lifeguard is on duty until 5pm. Picnic benches throughout the Park. A huge playground for kids to play across from the beach area. Clean restrooms. Outside the enclosed swim area you can boogie board.
  • Great facilities, sheltered swimming lagoon with a variety of tropical fish for snorkeling. Water was a bit cloudy due to rain runoff in the nearby river. Great for families with small kids. Lots of free parking, lifeguard on duty until 6 pm. Might even see a rainbow!
  • Stopped by here for a little bit as a stop on the Hop on Hop off bus tour thing. The day we stopped here, it was super windy but it didn't seem to stop others from enjoying the water. It's nice that they have blocked off swimming areas with piers of lava rock as it helps to cut down on large waves coming in and hitting younger kids. There was a public restroom that left a bit to be desired (no seriously... It was like the toilets you see in prison on movies where it's all stainless steel and there's no seat) but I was just thankfuk to have a restroom to use and one that was clean that I didn't really care. Free parking and there is also a lifeguard tower there too. I believe it's really close to the Marriott. There is also a large covered area but I am not sure if you can use it for free or if you need to reserve it. When we were there, all of the picnic tables were empty.
  • Nice park with clean facilities (including showers). This should be every beginner snorkeller's first stop. The "ponds" are full of fish and have a sandy bottom... Really easy and well protected. Ideal for small kids too. The beach was nice and parking was no problem. Highly recommend it.
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