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Lyon Arboretum

3860 Manoa Rd., University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
(808) 988-0456
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Ranked #16 of 157 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Gardens, Educational Sites
Description: Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
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Vienna, Austria
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Amazing place to visit absolutely when staying in Honolulu. Take the bus nb 5 until the end of the route, then walk less than 10 min and you are there. Entrance is free but donations are encouraged. The visitor center hands you a very handy map, and you can go for hours of explorations. Some trails are very bushy and... More

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We loved it. Two teenagers and my husband. The plants are just amazing! You NEED BUG SPRAY!!! The trail to the waterfall is confusing to get to but we managed to figure it out. The map seemed to take us on a rabbit trail. Overall, it is worth it, you donate money to do the tour. I recommend you get... More

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Bayonne, New Jersey
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The grounds are well maintained and you can see lots of different species of plants and birds. They have a few small fish ponds as well. We went there after hiking up to the Manoa Fall so it is quite doable to hit both in one trip.

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Durango, Colorado
12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You can take a public bus there, just plan to time when you want to head back as the bus only comes every 50 min. Put mosquito repellant on before heading up as that is the one place I've been bitten. Enjoy the rain (even if sunny in Waikiki!) and the lushness away from the concrete.

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Seattle, Washington
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161 reviews 161 reviews
96 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are not into ocean, but would like a nice walk under the shade of tall trees to see tropical plants, this is a place to go. Basically everywhere in the garden is stroll-able and lots of shade are there. This is run by University of Hawaii so there's no fee, but everyone makes donation. Also at the end... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We enjoyed everything we did in Hawaii. The Lyon was nice. We climbed the trails to the waterfall....kinda slippery. Shoes suggested instead of thongs:)

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Evergreen Park, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great shaded trail, with amazing views & unusual flora. You could spend a few days just on the trail. See if you can get a better trail map than the free one as it is not always easy to tell where you are in the map. Map has some marker posts from trail. Marker posts are usually by a plant... More

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164 reviews 164 reviews
81 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place is relatively close to Waikiki and a world away in terms of its topography. You are in the rain forest and it is lush, green and tropical. This is a property where you have to do the exploring; it is not as formal as a botanical garden and you have to wander to explore the nooks and crannies;... More

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Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

When you've had enough of the traffic & congestion of Honolulu/Waikiki drive up Manoa Valley to see what a rainforest looks & feels like. Expect some rain but they do have umbrellas to borrow & bug repellant if it's mosquito time. It's a beautiful place & for a $5.00 donation you could easily spend an entire leisurely day strolling through... More

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Logan, Utah, Usa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

From around the world of tropical climes these plants and trees have been collected and planted in the deep tropical forrest of Manoa. After 50-100 years the have matured and thrived. They are beautiiful and educate you about tropical horticulture.

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