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Lyon Arboretum

Address: 3860 Manoa Rd., University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
Phone Number: (808) 988-0456
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Valley of the Rainbows Oahu Small Group Adventure
Ranked #18 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Educational Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
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Buffalo, New York
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450 reviews 450 reviews
236 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We've been here several times. We always enjoy the tranquil setting and enjoyable walk through absolutely gorgeous natural areas. Beautiful for photography. The bugs like this place too so bring mosquito repellent

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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212 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you enjoy tropical flowers, and fauna, then the Lyon Arboretum; located at the back of Manoa Valley is an excellent place to visit.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great visit to this HUGE garden. Many nice walking trails. The waterfall is a trickle so might not be worth your effort to go all that way.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Lyon Arboretum is a lovely cool lush place to go to see Hawaiian plants & trees. It is a big collection. Easy to access by car or bus, it is hidden away in Manoa valley. Trees and plants are labeled and there are paths to explore on. NO fee. There are trails to walk & explore. You might want... More

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Lots of wonderful Pacific fish and animals to learn about here. Very easy pathways between open tanks and the building's inner spaces with all kinds of under sea treasurers.

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Benson, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It is a long bus ride from Waikiki - but worth the trip. Not what we expected. Thought there would be more flowering plants. Really need a guided tour to get the most out of the visit. I'm a city kid so know little about vegetation. Happy to get this information. Some plants are poisonous so keep an eye on... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The grounds are exquisite. Our guide gave us an educational and entertaining tour. During the course of our hike, we had a chance to venture onto a few of the secondary trails which are less developed than the main trails, but present an opportunity to see areas that would be otherwised be missed. The uses of the different varieties of... More

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Vienna, Austria
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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