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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 #45 of 159 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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College Place, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a very nice garden that is in the heart of the city, but once you enter the grounds the noise of the outside tends to melt away and you are left peaceful and wandering amongst the lush flowers and trees that the place has to offer. While most of the grounds are well maintained they are very sparse... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Planted in the 1800's, the garden show cases some trees rarely seen elsewhere. They include the mighty Bo tree raised from a seedling under which Budda sat and got inspiration. The green house has a lush display of orchid varieties in contrast to the outdoor orchid site which now suffering from fumes from the new H1 highway . I saw... More

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Foster Botanica Gardens is an oasis of peace and calm in the middle of downtown Honolulu. For $5 you see a wonderful selection of plants, flowers and fauna in the garden. I can only recommend it.

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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228 reviews 228 reviews
37 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We decided to see some of the beauty of the island by visiting a botanical garden and we enjoyed visiting Foster Botanical Gardens. When you pay your entrance fee you get a little map of the property. You're welcome to wander around, take pictures and read about some of the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers that are on Oahu. It... More

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Portland, Oregon
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

A peaceful oasis right in the center of town. Great pant collections and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

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Haiku, Hawaii
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

they have improved the look of foster botanical gardens since my last visit.....the plants are much greener and the gardens are much cleaner and well kept.....there were some very special plants in bloom too

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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