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Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu

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#2 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hawaii
The only zoo in the United States to be given a grant by a sovereign monarch, Honolulu Zoo houses over a thousand animals. King Kalākaua gave the land to the public to establish a large park for his people in the late 19th century. Animals thrive in the mild weather environment near the slopes of the Diamond Head; other animals live in recreated spaces that match their natural habitats. Notice the park's collection of artwork, particularly public sculptures that stand on the walking paths throughout. Plan to see Honolulu Zoo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Honolulu day trip planner .
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  • Second time we go to this zoo and probably the last. We felt a kind of sadness among large mammals, our children also quickly separated animals and favorite outdoor games. We found a trailer selling toys in addition to the store to exit while the restoration area was closed. A little sad overall where we see little person who take care of the animals.
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  • I was pleasantly surprised at how long one could spend here if you wanted to see everything that is offered. There are lots of sunny and shady areas with benches to sit on for resting. There are lots ...  more »
  • Maybe we just hit the zoo on a bad day but there were few animals to actually see - plenty of birds but most animals were impossible to spot or off view. Teenager very 'under-whelmed'. Felt $19 to get...  more »
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  • Great little zoo. So different from the zoo where I live. Lots of great birds and animals. Felt sorry for some of the birds as their exhibits felt small dark and dated. Most of the animals had fairly large areas like the elephants and African dogs and giraffes. We didn’t get to see the lions or cheetahs as they were in an area that wasn’t viewable. Which was my only real complaint. Some animals had tons of view points like the elephants for example. Others had almost no viewpoints like the lions and cheetahs. Didn’t buy any food or drink so can’t comment on their prices or quality. Took us about two hours to cover the zoo and we were happy with that amount of time. It’s a good way to spend the morning before heading to the beach.
  • Our family enjoys this little zoo tremendously. We love that our small children can walk all around and we can see everything easily in a couple of hours. The twilight zoo tour is AMAZING and the staff are incredible with answering all questions (they are especially patient and kind with all the little kids and their questions)! My children also enjoy the summer and spring camps. It's a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
  • We went in with admittedly low expectations and were pleasantly surprised at how good the zoo was. The grounds are extremely well landscaped and maintained and the layout is perfect for those with small children. There's a reasonable selection of animals and birds, a great petting zoo, a playground, and some marvellous green spaces for children to run around. All of the paddocks and enclosures were in great condition and the zoo is clearly managed by people who care for animals. We visited on a Saturday, which is one of the busiest days and there were hardly any queues or crowds. To address the confusion in prices, it costs 19 USD for adults to enter.
  • It’s truly a fantastic zoo. Animal welfare is clearly important. Animals appear happy and not over fed. Also everything is set up so that kids can see into enclosures at their eye level. Playground is so fun. Lots of areas to play and run. Children’s zoo is a great space for kids to experience farm animals. Highly recommend.
  • Perfect zoo for kids. Not too big, wide variety of animals. Overall took us about 6 hours while being very thorough and taking a break halfway through. Plenty of shade from large trees which is such a plus. Interesting, hands on experiences throughout the park with informative volunteers. Great playground area next to the restaurant as well that keeps kids entertained for a long time. We loved the climbing rope structure. Bathrooms placed throughout with water fountains. You can get comfortably close to the animals. Great views of diamond head, especially in the savanna area in the giraffe and zebra enclosures.
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