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“Stunning views & plant life”
Review of Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum
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Owner description: Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
Evergreen Park, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Stunning views & plant life”
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 sign so I'm guessing there is a more detailed publication available.


Take road all the way to the top parking lot by the guest services for more info. $5 donation recommended but is worth much more

Visited July 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
747 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“If you would like to feel as if you are walking through Jurassic Park, this is the place....”
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; be prepared for it to be wet and a little muddy. Enjoy the sounds of the birds, the towering plants and trees and all the amazing flowers in bloom.

Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
326 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Paradise just a few minutes drive from Waikiki”
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 the different areas. Cockatoos make their presence known by their loud calls & can be seen flying from tree to tree.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Helen L
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Logan, Utah, Usa
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An Unbelievable collection of trees and plants”
Reviewed May 28, 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.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank Linda R
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautful Garden and wonderful water fall”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

The gardens were fantastic, so many beautiful flowers and plants. The hike to the fall was well worth the view. It is a short hike so make sure to bring water

Visited May 2014
Thank Angel G
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