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McBryde Garden

Address: 4425 Lawai Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI
Phone Number: (808) 742-2623
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Poipu
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: NTBG’s McBryde Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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.

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denver
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

World Class! Gorgeous! Breath taking! We took the 2.5 hour (or so) guided tour of the Allerton Garden today. I took so many pictures! Everywhere you look, it's simply beautiful! I HIGHLY recommend the guided tour, rather than doing the walking tour. The guided tour is so informative! Our guide, Sam, was so knowledgeable, funny, and just a great guy!... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We truly enjoyed our self-guided visit to this National Tropical Botanical Garden, and we know we will enjoy our next visit even more! The garden layout is beautiful, and the narrative provided by our bus driver on the way in and out of the garden was informative and entertaining. From the construction projects we observed during our visit, it is... More 

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St. George, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

For the $20 entrance fee, the McBryde is a bit overpriced compared to other Botanical gardens, although the fees support a good research & preservation cause. (Discount ads offer a 15% discount.) It has a wide variety of tropical vegetation, ranging from native, to species brought by the first Polynesian settlers, as well as non-Hawaian plants. It has a good... More 

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New York
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

McBryde Gardens are an amazing horticultural paradise that portray the true vegetation of Kauai. Belonging to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, McBryde Garden is a non-profit organization with the goal of preserving Kauai's native flora. There is the option of a guided tour with knowledgeable tour guide or self-guided tour with a map showing the individual paths to take with... More 

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BC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We did the self guided tour because we had our kid with us but I think guided would be better. We liked the tram ride out to the garden and our driver made it interesting. When we got off the tram, it was wet and muddy but we toured the garden. I wish that all of the trees and plants... More 

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San Jose, Calif.
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The very large garden is pretty but very expensive. We took the self-guided tour and discovered that many of the trails were very muddy so that we could not walk on them. The bus ride to and from the garden was very informative and interesting.

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Langley BC Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We toured both the Allerton and McBryde Gardens on a recent trip to Kauai and were thrilled with both. Our tour guide was helpful and informative and really knew his trees! Since we are horticulturists, it was nice to have someone so knowledgeable as we had a lot of questions about trees that we have not encountered before. The gardens... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visited McBryde garden on a very hot and humid day and it was quite a difficult unescorted tour.The garden is beautiful but be ready for a lot of walking so bring plenty of water. You may prefer to wander around this very interesting place but I need more structure. This was very different from the Allerton Garden tour, which... More 

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Lafayette, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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