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Foster Botanical Gardens

50 North Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817 (Downtown Honolulu)
808 522 7060
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Ranked #46 of 124 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Owner description: This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.

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Victoria, BC
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199 reviews 199 reviews
78 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Of Oahu’s various botanical gardens, this is the closest and easiest to access from Waikiki (about 45 minutes by bus). It covers 14 acres, so be generous with the amount of time you allocate to your visit. We spent some 90 minutes there but could easily have done with another 30 or 60. Guided tours are available, and I’m sure... More 

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Vancouver
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A bit of a trip to get there but well worth it. Sights you won't see otherwise. Great photo ops as well. We loved it!

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California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

Completely disagree with the two prior negative reviews. In the middle of the city, next to the busy highway, it is an oasis of calm amidst the noise. We found the botanical garden well maintained. This is not Disney, nor a flower garden, although there is an orchid greenhouse. The reason to come is for the calm, and the stunning... More 

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Coppel
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a poor excuse for a botanical garden. The trails are poorly marked, the specimens are poorly identified, the grounds are poorly maintained. Don't waste your time - it was not even worth the $5 admission fee.

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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
55 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Eventhough only $5 to get in as far i am concerned it was $5 wasted. There was not much to see and took less than 15 minutes to go round. I waited longer for the trolley bus to get out of there.

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San Anselmo, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Wonderful garden with many huge trees and palm varieties. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Nice and shady on a hot day. Hard to believe that it's in the middle of a busy city with the freeway nearby. The brochure was very informative. Although food is not sold here, it's OK to bring your lunch and eat... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Spent sunday in the garden. Small but interesting, beautiful and cool under the trees. The prehistoric garden was super interesting, and was lovely sitting on the butterfly garden watching them come and go.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Although it was a very hot day, we were able to enjoy it beneath the shade of exotic tree species in the Foster Botanical Gardens! We were able to see so many types of trees, including the Blue Marble Tree (which yields bright blue fruit, and whose leaves turn bright red before falling) and the Cannonball tree (the fruit of... More 

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Huddinge, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

1) Very few butterflies. I saw only two different. 2) I could find only one hibicus. A Chinese pink. The Hawaii state flower, Hibiscus brackenridgei, was not even known of by the personnel. 3) The gift shop closed long before the garden. So there was nothing to buy when we left. Unless you are very interested in big trees I... More 

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Odessa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The grounds include a greenhouse of orchids, a butterfly garden and some of the largest trees on the island. We totally enjoyed our visit.

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