Honolulu Zoo
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
From pink flamingos to African giraffes, the Honolulu Zoo is home to a little bit of everything from the animal kingdom. Its animal population includes more than 64 reptile, 38 mammal and 160 bird species. The 42-acre facility is organized into three tropical ecological zones: Tropical Rainforests, Pacific Islands and the African Savanna. Among its highlights is a new $12-million, 1.5-acre Asian tropical elephant exhibit that includes a 7,260-squre-foot holding area and two 55,000-gallon pools.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Emma B
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    We weren’t planning to visit Honolulu zoo but so glad that we did! The zoo is very reasonably priced and quite big. There are a number of animals that we had never seen before and the zoo was laid out excellently. Some of the cages for the animal are a little small, which is sad but overall very good. This is great for families and young children as in the middle of the zoo there is a section where you can get up close to goats, horses, cows and other smaller animals. There is an aviary where there are a number of birds that you can see. Overall would recommend this as something to do.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • mwbudd
    Alameda, California429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Honolulu Zoo is a swell place to vist
    Both of us have been to zoos all over the world but this one was somewhat different from the rest. All of the enclosures were larger than most and the animals seemed to be more engaged than many I have seen. The staff was visible and willing to answer any and all questions. There were maps at most stops so one could get their bearings easily. For 42.5 acres they certainly do pack in a lot of stuff.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • pama63
    Windham, Maine71 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Honalulu Zoo
    This is a nice little zoo. We spent a couple hours here, the price was $21.00 (cash only). Several of the cages we saw nothing weather they were empty or hiding. There is a couple elephants, zebra, giraffes, and smaller animals. Kids would love it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 4, 2023
  • simonwilliampizzey
    Leicester, United Kingdom1,274 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Zoo In Paradise
    We first visited Honolulu Zoo in 2010 and this venue is a great location for day out in the city. There are a range of excellent animals to see in spacious enclosures, the weather is also ideal for the animals located in this area. There are a range of food and drink outlets for individuals to visit & an excellent gift shop. There a couple of play areas for children which are also good fun to use. I would say the number and range of animals is not as good as it was 10years ago (With a few empty enclosures), but the rhinos are by far the best attractions to visit. The staff are all friendly and always happy to talk. A good day out to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Dexter H
    Toronto, Canada137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEAUTIFUL ZOO
    It took us almost 3 hours to walk the whole zoo. There was a lot to see although many of the enclosures looked empty as the animals were hiding from the sun. You will definitely see elephants, giraffes, monkeys, fishes and birds. The stroll through the park is enjoyable on its own as you will see lots of flowering shrubs and trees. There are lots of washrooms along the way but not all of the food and beverage stalls were open so make sure to get water when you get in or bring your own.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Melanie K
    Castro Valley, California157 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family fun
    This zoo is beautiful, spacious and a great way to spend half of your day. I wish we’d have planned better due to the size of the zoo. We stayed about 2 1/2 hours but since they let you in and out, we could have gone out for lunch and came back. Beautiful areas to picnic on the grass, peacocks, chickens and baby chicks running about and a great playground that my 6 year old enjoyed while my teens took selfies with the wandering peacocks. All of the animals look healthy and well cared for. Wish some of the exhibits had more windows. Due to the great habitat environments, a lot of the animals were hiding or just not in great view. Great gift shop and plenty of eats nearby. Would definitely recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 21, 2023
  • UK2USA1981
    San Tan Valley, Arizona44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Zoo with a Good Selection of Animals
    We spent about 2 hours at the zoo one morning. It was nice because the zoo is not too big and it is easy to see the awesome animals in a short time. Shade from trees was welcome when walking around. We thought that there was a good selection of animals and they were visible too. The monkeys put on a special show for us - worth going just for that! We decided to become zoo members as it was just a few dollars more than 2 adult tickets. A year of free entry. All-in-all, a great zoo that is worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Camille H
    Port Alberni, Canada19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day full of great experiences
    My husband and I went to check out the zoo, I was amazed with the animals there,we went at almost 2 in the afternoon, and all the animals started to come out of their enclosures for feeding. The animals are well taken care of and very loved at the Zoo. N I love the information that is shared about each animal.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • plaidbagel
    Walla Walla, Washington983 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice time to spend a few hours
    I liked it. Is it old? Yes. Could it use some updates? Yes. But it was easy to navigate. I thought the food options were fairly priced. Bathrooms were easy to find. My daughter was bummed about the penguin enclosure being under construction as that is her favorite, but overall it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Plenty of benches. The kids (Keiki) zoo is fun as is the large play area if you have smaller kiddos.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Denise K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great afternoon at the zoo in paradise
    While it’s no Bronx Zoo or San Diego Zoo, it was a really fun way to spend the afternoon. My teens and I loved it. It’s definitely worth a visit if you want a break from beach time.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
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Harris G
Queens Village, NY659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We took a cab from Hilton Hawaiian village for around $15 to the zoo We could have walked it but my kids would have been too tired to enjoy the zoo. The zoo itself is pretty small but packed with animals perfect for us who didn’t want to spend all day there. Admission was around $19per adult and $11 per child. Under 2 is free. If you use a credit card they charge you around $2.50 service charge . We spent around 3 hrs there and walked back along Waikiki beach to our hotel.
Written August 29, 2021
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Saskalta
Lloydminster, Canada78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We're staying at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, so going to the zoo was a leisurely 2-3 block walk.
We thought the zoo was quite well laid out and seemed to have a good mix of animals (not just birds and animals native to Hawaii)..

There were lots of families visiting, and they have a really decent petting zoo area.. so kids will be well entertained there as well.. also a very large "play area" for kids too..

Lots of trees to provide a little shade throughout.
We thought it was a good outing and were surprised that the zoo offered as many different animals as it did...
Written January 21, 2020
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Visited the first Thursday of December while we walked back from Diamond Head on our way to our Waikiki hotel as it was right on the way. But, it is an easy walk from most of the Waikiki hotels. It wasn't crowded and we enjoyed touring the zoo for about 2 hours viewing all the animals. We found the zoo to be clean and well kept. There were paved walking areas with plenty of directional signs to follow to ensure that you are able to see the exhibits that you want. Some areas are shaded, but I recommend bringing sunscreen to avoid a sunburn just in case you need it. We brought our own snacks to eat during a lunch break since there are benches available where you can sit. We also made a quick visit to the gift shop before leaving.
Written December 25, 2021
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Dana B
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Terrible experience, and a terrible place for people with disabilities. Being in a wheel chair I could not see the animals. In the primates area they had a phyco path with a BULLHORN screaming at people, an employee. My son is autistic and I suffer for ptsd. The crazy employee with the bull horn triggered my son for the rest of the trip to the zoo. This is the worst zoo experience we have had, we are not children and screaming at us with a bullhorn is not the answer. This is zoo is not ADA or austim friendly or ptsd friendly. Only go here if you want to be screamed at like a your little child.
Written January 24, 2021
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LJMcCat
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Get there early for parking. $1.50 per hour but easy to use your credit card to pay for parking. They text you when your time is about to run out and you can use your phone to extend your paid parking without getting a ticket. The zoo was fun. Many animals to see. We chatted with the zoo keeper for the turtles. Was cool as she placed their food (watermelon and flowers) out for them. Then she clapped and the turtles actually came out quickly to see their meal. And they followed her too. That was neat. We enjoyed the butterflies too. A nice place to visit. We had a great time. Discount for military families. Show ID for each member to receive discount. 🇺🇸
Written July 19, 2021
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Cathy
Ewa Beach, HI87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
If you’re expecting to see a large zoo you’ll be disappointed. It took us about 1.5 hours to walk through the zoo. When you visit make sure it’s on a sunny day, it was drizzling when we went and most of the animals were inside where we couldn’t see them. We ate lunch at the zoo cafe. The food was good but it was very expensive.
Written February 3, 2021
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lemieuxg
Thunder Bay, Canada522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We visited the Honolulu Zoo in January. Great display of many animals, reptiles, birds, etc. our favourite were the monkeys who put on a great continuous show for us, in addition to the elephants who were placing muddy water and dry dirt on their bodies to cool down (it was very hot and sunny the day we we visited). There is a very good amount of animals to see; those that complain that some of the animals were not out should realize that it was too hot for them to be out - I’m sure the complainers were going into the shade to cool down and get out of the intense sunlight.

We were very upset that the food cantina area sold bottled water in an aluminum bottle for an astronomical/inflated price. We ended up watering the grass with this “bottled tap water”; it was gross to drink and over $5.00 per bottle. Unfortunately, you cannot bring your own water or food into this zoo, therefore, you are stuck purchasing their products, or hold off until you leave the park.

We recommend visiting this zoo.
Written February 11, 2023
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seetheworld600
va424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Visiting the zoo had been on my to do list for a while and I’m glad I finally did. Getting there was an easy walk from the Royal Hawaiian Center and the paths were marked to allow for one way travel through the exhibits. While families may easily spend a couple of hours at the zoo, I was able to see everything in a little over an hour. You will definitely get your exercise here, so come prepared. Every time I thought I had finished, another exhibit came up.
Written December 19, 2021
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Jo A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I was impressed with the natural large environment provided to the animals and birds.
This was a very quiet, peaceful area with birds singing providing a serene setting.
My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Honolulu Zoo.

The only exception to my disappointment was the poor attitude of the 3 staff members we encountered. Purchasing the tickets was met with an unnecessary tone when I showed my Kamaaina license with my son having only his Hi. bank card. He was told he wouldn't be allowed in the next time without a license.
The staff member on a bike when first driving through myself and another couple instead of excusing himself told us to move over. Later that day at closing telling us the zoo was closing and my son not hearing him asked him to repeat. The staff member rudely stated, "That's what I said, " A few minutes later we were exiting the gate when another staff member at the exit, didn't say anything as we were expecting thank you or Aloha. My son pleasantly said, "Thank you, have a nice day. No response.
I didn't let this ruin our day, but I was very disappointed by lack of Aloha that Hawaii visitor industry markets to potential visitors.
I do recommend visiting the zoo. We have taken many photos of the wonderful animals and birds. Aloha!
Written April 25, 2022
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Clare H
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We loved our visit to Honolulu Zoo. Hard to believe this little zoo is there on the main road on Waikiki with the beautiful Diamond Head in the background.
Love the fact that even though the enclosures were quite basic, you can easily see so many of the animals and you can see how very well they are cared for as well. Very informative zookeepers and volunteers. Lots of shade and seats to take a break. Lovely gift shop with lots to choose from. Not too expensive entry-fee wise. We really enjoyed our day here seeing a lot of animals that we have never seen before. Great way to take a break from the busy/craziness of Waikiki.
Written January 12, 2020
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