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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Ranked #57 of 183 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The idea is great, but the amount of time in the sun is problematic. The orientation is long and the hands on time is short. The staff are great, but the time spent on explaining the project is over done. Standing in the sun for most of it seems too too long. Maybe smaller groups and starting the lecture later... More

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Penryn, California
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10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited the farm with our 2 young kids. The guide -a local biologist- was enthusiastic. The crew at the farm made sure to have stepping stools at every spot for my son, so he could peer inside the tubs & get a look at the seahorses & the sea dragons. And more importantly to actually hold a sea horse... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was a unique experience, essentially going behind the scenes at an aquaculture farm where they raise these animals mainly for the aquarium trade, as well as to be released into the wild at several spots around the globe, including Hawaii. It is a working farm first, and a tourist attraction second, so don't be expecting anything super fancy. The... More

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I am so glad we had a chance to visit the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. I especially enjoyed getting to "hold" one. The seaweed didn't taste so good though.

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Lima, Peru
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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This was interesting and the kids loved it worth going to see on big island. You need to book reservations online 24h in advance though.

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Kula, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

You pay to get to hold a seahorse for 10 to 20 seconds. The facility staff are rather protective of the facility....when to take pictures/videos, not to take pictures/videos. Staff seemed rather unfriendly. Most of the tour is outdoors and on uneven ground/gravel so prepare accordingly. Kim was our guide for the tour of the facility. She was very informed... More

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Kentucky
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Interesting information, very enthusiastic guide. Took about an hour. All the seahorses in the outside tanks were the same American seahorse except for three sea dragons that were pretty hard to see. The seahorses inside the building were pretty but not that different from those you can see in a good aquarium. Got about a minute to take a picture... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very informative tour on seahorses and their fragility. Maybe your only chance to hold a seahorse. They are doing important work for seahorse preservation

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Syracuse, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
19 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It's an average way to spend an hour. The whole tour is outdoors, so plan accordingly (wear hat/sunscreen). It is definitely neat to see the baby seahorses and learn about them, but I'm not sure I'd spend $100 bucks on it for my family. The "holding a seahorse" experience lasts 20 seconds or less. Once the seahorse lets go of... More

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Blanchester, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Even though it was my wife and I with our adult son this visit was worth the money. Not a glitzy tourist attraction, but the actual breeding facility. You are give ample time to look at things with an informative guide. Had a chance to feed some seahorses in the breeding are to see how that sucked in the minute... More

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