All Aboard the Pineapple Express
Sure, it sounds a little cheesy, but if you're planning a day-long drive around the island, the Dole Plantation is a fun stop. You can take a quick restroom break, grab a smoothie at the cafe in the back, and pick up some tropical treats and souvenirs for the folks back home. Or, if you have more time, take the 20-minute Pineapple Express train tour that shows you mango, banana, macadamia, coffee, and (of course) pineapple in various stages of growth. The pineapple maze is fun for kids, and a specimen garden features specialty and heirloom pineapple breeds. But be advised: you'll get better prices on Dole goodies in the ABC stores (though they don't have the full line of products).
By Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
Family Fun in Pineapple Land
Dole Plantation is a great place for families to explore. There's a train ride, pineapple maze, pineapple garden with informative signs telling the Dole story, food stalls and a large gift shop. Stop in and have a yummy pineapple whip - part sherbet, part smoothie.
By Clare Olivares, AFAR Local Expert
Touristy pineapple plantation offers hidden gem with its gardens
Sure, it's a bit touristy, but meandering around the beautiful grounds here - not to mention the pineapple soft serve! - make it worth the trip. The giant pineapple maze is pretty fun for kids, or kids at heart. Don't forget to pick up a box (or two) of the white chocolate pineapple crunch at the gift shop. It's heavenly!
By Kate Wirth
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