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Foster Botanical Gardens

Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 50 North Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 808 522 7060
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Description: This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.

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Peaceful and relaxing stroll through the gardens

We visited the facility with a mainland guest for the first time in many years and were very impressed with the vast number of trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs. In most cases... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Warren P
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Kailua, Hawaii
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Kailua, Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited the facility with a mainland guest for the first time in many years and were very impressed with the vast number of trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs. In most cases, the varieties are well marked with common and scientific names as well as country or area of origin. The accompanying guide gives you a general layout of the... More 

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Gananoque, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you're not a gardener or don't have an interest in beautiful trees, you may be disappointed by Foster Botanical Garden. It doesn't have colourful flowerbeds, fountains, lush lawns, etc. like some public gardens. It has enormous, interesting, extremely old trees, some unusual plants, a lovely small orchid house and a slightly gone to seed butterfly garden... but I loved... More 

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washington
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255 reviews 255 reviews
77 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We spent the afternoon walking the grounds. Yes. it is primarily trees.The collection is amazing and worth using your guide/brochure to learn about the tagged trees. Mature trees and foliage made us feel dwarfed. Gift shop was a bit disappointing with limited inventory. Orchid house and butterfly garden were charming. Worth your five dollars.

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El Cerrito, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

There are some truly amazing, huge old trees here. Quirky interesting trees. Baobabs and chicken eye trees. Well worth the 5.00 admission if you are a plant person.

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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

What a nice place to visit in the city. Beautiful tropical foliage, giant specimens and an orchid house! Near Chinatown, and a bonus is the lovely Quan Yin Temple next door. From here you can walk to the Japanese Buddhist temple and on into Chinatown for a delicious fresh fruit smoothie at the Mauna Kea shopping area.

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

One of the least expensive attractions in Honolulu are the very lovely Foster gardens, located at 180 Vineyard Ave. Even if at this time of the year, there are less blooms, the trees are beautiful and among the rarest in the state. It is also a wonderfully quiet and peaceful place in spite of being in the middle of the... More 

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I've been to Foster Botanical Garden on previous trips to Honolulu and am always amazed that one can find a 14-acre nature retreat that is so near to downtown, just three miles from Waikiki Beach! The gardens are open from 9-4 with an admission charge of $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Children under age five are free! There... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Based on all the good reviews we visited the gardens only to be quite underwhelmed. Not sure if we went at a bad time but barely any flowers, grounds very muddy, and only saw three other people the whole time. The gardens is next to a busy freeway so lots of traffic noise. Ok if you just want a 30minute... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A worthwhile experience. Super cheap admission and a larger than expected area make you feel like you're getting much more than your money's worth. You will enjoy everything, from the initial outlook of the park, and the volunteer that tells you all about each seed in the grounds, to each individual plant, including the greenhouse. My suggestion if you're up... More 

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Tahiti, French Polynesia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

In the middle of the city sits a Botanical Garden? And so unexpected it was...You get lost here in the middle of nowhere, cosidering it's in the middle of the city of Honolulu. The trees are AMAZING! Some of the biggest trees I have ever seen are here…only when you get to the ends of the Garden do you feel... More 

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