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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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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Denver, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

These gardens are a wonderful excursion and change of pace from the beach. Be sure to put insect repellant on, you can experience some mosquito bites. The tour is wonderful. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Take your water with you and be sure to bring the plastic bottle out with you.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Arrived at 1:20 for the 1:30 waited 5 minutes to get directions to the kiosk and when we got there the lady said "The bus has to leave on schedule" which was strange because the bus was right in front of us and the people in line in front of us just got on it. Then it just left. The... More

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We enjoyed this tour, but I would have enjoyed it more to see tropical flowers. The different plants, palms, etc, were neat to see, and the area is beautiful. Just make sure you realize what you're getting into.

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Atlanta
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39 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We were interested in learning more about the plants of Hawaii and so took the time to visit McBryde. The ride to the gardens was beautiful and the driver was both interesting and entertaining. The self-guided tour map could use more information and the gardens could use better signage. I wish there had been more information about the birds, too.... More

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Had really wanted to do this as well as Allerton Gardens but thought we would be pushing it with the guys :) Getting off the bus at the "top" of the gardens it was a bit underwhelming but as we worked our way down we were really fascinated with the very interesting trees and the flowers. Turned out to be... More

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Schenectady, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I'm not going to say this is a must, but I will say I absolutely loved their gift shop. The lady behind the counter was truly friendly and extremely knowledgable. We walked around and enjoyed the free part, its about a 3 hour tour, time we didn't want to spend in a garden.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The McBryde Garden is one of three National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai. The other one in Poipu is the Allerton Garden. I did not research McBryde carefully enough before we went--it is definitely not good for people with physical limitations (they are working on making it accessible). The ride to the garden is breathtaking (you get the same ride... More

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Lihue, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

In the 70's I used to sneak in and run around. Now you can take a tram. If your in to self guided walks you an stay as long as you want, take lots of pics. we didn't go back with our original group. started following a Hawaiian Heron down river, sat by the little waterfall to cool off. But... More

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