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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 atĀ 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. Add Lydgate State Park and other attractions to your Wailua trip itinerary using our Wailua itinerary maker.
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  • Safe swimming and snorkeling for kids and newbies. Decent facilities and a nearby playground. One of our favorites on the trips. 
  • Safe swimming can be hard to come by in the ocean around Kauai in the winter, so this is a great spot. There are two pools, one within the other. One is quite shallow, perfect for babies and toddlers....  more »
  • Lydgate beach boasts two sheltered swimming pool areas near the river outlet. The rocks were put in to provide safe swimming versus open seas. It is a fine place to swim and there are fish to see if y...  more »
  • Awesome place to enjoy the surf with a boogie board or view exotic fish in their man made pool. The beach has good waves for and the sand is fine enough to walk through even without shoes or flippers. The pool offers those not used to snorkeling a chance to learn and enjoy local fish watching.
  • Lydgate is truly a great 'ohana beach! This is a windward State Park so that accounts for all the driftwood along it's sandy shoreline. Center left in the photo are stone Breakwalls, built in a half moon arch from shore out into the water, that provide protection from the turbulent, but very beautiful, wind driven sea. The result is a calm and inviting, safe swimming lagoon for all ages. This fabulous setting, near Lihue, has impressive views, lifeguards, rest rooms, showers, fun kids playground, picnic tables, BBQs, fishing and ample parking.
  • Great Place to Bike-About. This coastal park was next to our Hilton Garden Inn and they provided the bikes for free. Great paved bike paths and a cool playground structure at the south end. Many beach photo ops and panoramic shots too. Park is free with easy access and ample parking. Make sure to check out the 1750 Hawaiian ruins at the north end of the park into Wailua State Park.
  • Lydgate is a great spot to learn or get familiar with snorkeling. It has two ocean side pools that are enclosed one big one and one Keiki ( kid sized). There are a bunch of fish you can see that have basically gotten tamed. The park also has picnic areas, jungle gyms and all kind of good stuff. Just don't swim out side of the pools..bad currents. Enjoy your stay and tread lightly On Kauai.
  • Great place for the keiki. The park has so many amenities. There is the beach walk extension from Kapaa, and playing fields, shower facilities as well as an enclosed swimming area away from the big shore break on the east side perfect for the snorkelers! They even offer facilities for everyone. Try parking and walking towards the south down the beach for privacy!