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Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu

(3.6/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
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 your visit to Honolulu Zoo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Honolulu vacation builder.
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  • In the shadows... not just animal whether heat or what went in the morning, but sleeping in the bed because I can't see animals.
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  • We visited this zoo some years ago and we're impressed with updates. They take good care of surroundings. A few exhibits were closed but we enjoyed the ones we saw. Was a hot afternoon so many animals...  more »
  • We had a great time at the zoo. A great variety of animals to view and learn about. Not only native to Hawaii but others as well. Very informative and interesting.  more »
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  • Nice small zoo. Unfortunately we went at the hottest part of the day so most of the animals were hiding in the shade. Quite a few exhibits were closed which was a little disappointing. The playground was amazing.. Price was very reasonable and worth it.
  • Honolulu zoo is a fun outing. You will see the typical zoo wildlife. The animal areas are nicely made up for the animals habitat. Good selection. The big cats on display is a little sparse but still a great trip.
  • There's no other Zoo on island, so it's my kids favorite. Hahah. It's home. We love animals and exploring. There are other bigger, better Zoos (on the mainland) but the Honolulu Zoo has an awesome staff and most of them are very friendly and welcoming! I don't think my kids will ever get sick of coming here. That's a good thing! They tend to get more excited seeing MY favorite animals than me, hah! A lot of cool breezy areas to relax and enjoy! I'm loving the renovated areas and looking forward to see more updates in the near future. I've been back living on island since 2003 so it's nice to see how it's improved. Four stars bcoz there's ALWAYS room for improvement! Despite all, we love our zoo!
  • Beautiful zoo at the end of Waikiki beach. Lots of scenery and places to just relax. Visited while several animals weren't on display, but still lots to see. Possibly not a good place for elderly because exhibits are very spaced out and there is a lot of walking. Great for a zoo on a remote island, but not as many thing as other mainland zoos
  • The kids loved it. They had a good selection of animals. Bathrooms were clean. They have a small selection of animals in the kids area that you can see close up. You can only pay the goats. The reptile exhibit is closed, and there was a wood plank over part of the playground so smaller kids can't get into the playground without assistance. Playground is in the shade though. The "fence" between you and the giraffes is two widely spaced wires, so watch your kids closely. Also small parking lot with a lot of people using it who aren't going to the zoo because it's cheaper parking. On the up side, cheaper parking.