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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Activities

Tour the Visitor Center: The Kilauea Visitor Center is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and has rangers offering advice on the events taking place within the park, the best lava flows in the area and the best places for hikes. The visitor center also shows a film about the park once each hour, which serves as a great introduction to the park for new visitors.

Camping in the Park: There are two designated camping sites within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitors who have a day or two to explore the park may wish to spend the night in one of the campsites to extend their time, affordably, within the park. Nāmakanipaio Campground has a minimal fee and offers picnic benches, restrooms and firepits for roasting marshmallows or grilling a delicious dinner. Kulanaokuaiki Campground is a free location that is rustic and offers incredible views over the park.

Explore Crater Rim Drive: This drive is 11 miles long and provides access to many of the major destinations within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Starting at the visitor center, the road passes major craters, smoke plumes and interesting landscapes. Visitors who have just a short amount of time in the park should make sure to include this quick drive to best see as much as possible.

Hike Throughout the Park: There are almost a dozen different day hikes that can be takes within the Hawaii National Volcanoes Park. The Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Pathway is a short hike on a boardwalk that passes over lava fields and showcases some impressive petroglyphs. Another popular hike is Waldron Ledge, which shows some of the damage done during a massive 1983 earthquake within the park itself.

Jaggar Museum: The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum can be found on Crater Rim Drive. Open daily, this museum boasts a number of interesting exhibits regarding the technology that monitors the volcano. In addition, the museum is home to one of the best lookout points in the entire park. The viewing platform overlooks both Kilauea Caldera and Halema`uma`u Crater, making it the perfect place to take photos.