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Foster Botanical Gardens

Address: 50 North Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817 (Downtown Honolulu)
Phone Number: 808 522 7060
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Ranked #44 of 124 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Owner description: This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.
Attraction details
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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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Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Victoria, BC
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200 reviews 200 reviews
79 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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