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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 #35 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Gardens
Activities: Walking, Viewing wildlife
Description: This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.
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English first
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We enjoyed the amazing variety of plant species, including native plants of Hawaii. Spend some time in the center of the park amidst the trees and thick foliage. The price of admission is quite reasonable, and we found the park a beautiful oasis in the middle of the bustling city. Also, the staff in the gift shop were very enjoyable... More

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Suva, Fiji
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The botanical gardens is a picturous place nicely laid out. In 1913 a bodhi tree from Sri Lanka,, then Ceylon had been brought here and planted. It is there till to date. It is close to the entrance. One of the Buddhist activists at the time Anagarika Dharmapala visited Chicago religious conference in 1893. He made friends with the Foster... More

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Keaau, Hawaii
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I can find no good reason to make a special effort to visit the Foster Botanical Gardens. But if you're in Chinatown with some time on your hands, I do suggest that you take the short walk to see the enormous, stately trees that are the best feature of this place. It's clear that the gardens were once quite special,... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Check this out if you are interested in Hawaii's plants, especially if you are interested in trees. They have some really amazing species here, including many different types of lulou palm trees which are the only native palm trees of Hawaii (23 species). They also have a bunch of different types of bromeliads which is cool to see. Almost free.... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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101 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

A small but nice respite from the downtown hustle. I learned that butterflies are cold blooded animals so they only come out when the sun is out - you are more likely to see them after 1pm according to local staff.

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Hillsboro, OR
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

This is a nice place for a stroll but is very informative if you tour with a Garden Docent (free). The Docent will provide background information that makes the tour both interesting and fun. The late winter/early spring time period has most flowering plants in hibernation but there is an orchid house with a small number of blooms year-round at... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

After reading the reviews, and being an orchid grower, I really wanted to see this Garden. It was disappointing. The grounds were pretty unkept. I realize that trees shed their leaves, but there seemed to be no attempt to clean up. And the orchid garden was a disaster. Most of the plants seemed to be dead or dying. Few were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This large botanical park is right in the middle of the city. We found it peaceful, relaxing just strolling around looking and reading about the many different trees and plants. I can be boring if you are not into gardening. The admission is reasonable, parking is free and next to it is community garden which was interesting to walk through.... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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147 reviews 147 reviews
81 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Nice, cool, fully manicured tropical garden with many specimens of giant tropical trees among others. Not a big nor showy garden yet has an impressive collection if exotic plants. Worth the price of admission just to see the forest giants alone.

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Sacramento, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
66 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Positives: ample parking, some enormous specimen trees, and nice orchid displays. Negatives: in a sorta seedy area, directly on H1 [the road noise is deafening], not well organized. In short, worth a look if you are in the Chinatown area anyway.

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