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McBryde Garden

4425 Lawai Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI
(808) 742-2623
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Poipu
Type: Gardens
Owner description: NTBG’s McBryde Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours run daily and include a ride from the Visitors... more » Owner description: NTBG’s McBryde Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a scenic coastal route and continue along the valley rim on a former sugarcane train railbed. Visitors disembark on the valley floor to explore this outstanding garden, known for its diverse collection of tropical plants. McBryde, NTBG’s flagship garden, is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian flora, many endangered or having gone extinct in the wild. It is a “botanical ark”, filled with palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants. « less
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Lafayette, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We just stopped by and were enjoying the gardens when thankfully one of the volunteers told us these were just the teasers. The main garden takes a short bus ride and offeres either a self or guided tour. We did the self guided and can hardly wait to go back next year. This is one of those places you can... More

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Lincoln, Ne
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I was "talked into" going to this attraction on our fifth visit to Kauai. I thought I would be bored to tears, but I was very, very wrong. After a nice, informative trip via shuttle to the garden area, we were left to walk around on our own. We spent about 1.5 hours in the garden and would have stayed... More

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Pittsburgh
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Due to prior commitments, we were able to only spend about an hour and half in the garden. This time needs to be included in addition to the 30 minute shuttle ride to and from the garden. This may seem somewhat unattractive. However, the ride is pleasant in that the drivers are knowledgeable on the drive recommending the highlights of... More

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magnolia, tx
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The McBride and Allerton gardens are accessed at the same entry. A few days earlier, we'd toured the Allerton Gardens, but didn't have time to tour McBride. We returned, but since the bus only runs on the hour, we had a lengthy wait before the tour. Actually, the hour waiting on the bus is easily spent in the gift shop,... More

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Long Island City, New York
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153 reviews 153 reviews
60 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you want to see Hawaiian trees and flowers, this garden is wonderful. Reservations needed as tram takes you from visitor center to garden trail, and picks you up.

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North Olmsted OH
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My husband went in to buy all the tickets. The woman was very rude and asked him where was the rest of his party. He said waiting outside and then she frowned at him. The driver and his company were extremely nice and knowledgeable. It was a self-guided tour and it was okay, not a lot of plants and a... More

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Indiana
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82 reviews 82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is definitely not a manicured botanical garden with water displays and butterfly houses. This is a natural space where tropical plants are preserved, protected, and studied. There is significant science and research happening here. The tour starts on a bus, and the guides were enthusiastic about the gardens and the work there. Sterling and Star were the guides, and... More

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Bakersfield, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was a highlight of 10 days on-island. I have mobility challenges and use a cane most of the time. I purchased trekking poles (practicing prior to trip) and they really made the difference; that and a good pair of shoes. It should be noted that the National Tropical Botanical Gardens is a not-for-profit run organization and NOT part of... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A lovely garden to walk around with a wonderfully entertaining shuttle driver. They are building a cafe in the gardens which will be lovely.

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lv
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

They are undergoing construction and many of the trails are poorly marked and constructed. If you miss the hourly return bus you can be sitting around looking at the construction for an hour. Once they have finished what they started it will be great

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