Best Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation

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One of my favorite places to visit as I head up to the North Shore is to stop by the Dole Plantation since it is along the way and only a quick 15-minute drive from Haleiwa. If you are obsessed with pineapples, then you definitely have to stop by here since you are getting it right from the source. While known as a tourist attraction since they have a corn maze and even a train ride to go around the entire pineapple farm, I usually stop by here to grab a cup of their delicious dole whip and fresh pineapple juice to go. They also have a great store where you can find tons of pineapple-themed goodies to bring back home with you. There are things like pineapple flavored chocolates, pineapple rings, pineapple-flavored sunscreen, hand sanitizer, Dole Plantation apparel and clothing, and more. I guarantee you would spend at least an hour going through all the items in the shop.

I would suggest coming early since there tend to be many tourists coming here during the afternoon. I usually come right when it opens or half an hour after and the crowd is usually not too bad. You must definitely try the dole whip when you are here. You can get it in a waffle cone or in a cup topped with fresh-cut pineapple chunks. My favorite option is to get it in a waffle bowl or pineapple split to share with friends and family and there are plenty of tables outside where you can enjoy the view of the train and enjoy the weather. Before you leave, you should also grab a pineapple juice for the road. Since everything is freshly made, it is not too overly sweet and you get the fresh and authentic flavor of the pineapples. I also love how they have roosters and chickens running around the property. You can pay to visit the attractions but there are still plenty of items to see around the outskirts. You’ll see pineapples growing from the ground if it is in season or just explore the marketplace. I always thought pineapples grew from trees and was surprised to see that they came from bushes on the ground!

Definitely make sure to add the Dole Plantation to your itinerary when you are heading up to the North Shore or you can make it a whole day adventure and get lost in the maze and explore the fields. Not only is there something for everyone to do but it is also fun to grab all the souvenirs since they are very unique and pineapple-themed.

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