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Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.6/5 based on 1,800+ 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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  • We visited the zoo as something to do to fill our morning in. We normally visit a zoo everywhere we visit. It was a short walk from our hotel which was great. The zoo gardens were beautiful, lush and ...  read more »
  • You can walk here from Waikiki Beach. About 10-15 mins from the main shopping street. It's cheap, about $14 usd pp. A variety of different animals from penguins to rhinos. The facilities are quite old...  read more »
  • It is in the garden is reminiscent of Hawaii Zoo and tropical atmosphere. This is the Honolulu Zoo's appeal, though such as Giraffe and Zebra, African savannah area. The landscapes are like watching animals in the Republic of South Africa. No fence. And lots of fun!
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  • 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
  • We have a annual membership so we prefer to come later in the afternoon just before closing. If it's too hot you can leave and go swim across the street. It seems the animals know when the zoo is closing and they become more active - plus it coincides with feeding times - enjoy the "Pau hana" lion roar. Great park areas and playground too. I recommend bringing a picnic.
  • As a mainlander I expect a certain amount of pride or money put into a Zoo that I just didn't feel was at this particular zoo. I understand that space in Hawaii is an issue for most things, and people don't come to see the zoo here, they come to see the beaches and eat the food. Still this experience wasn't that great to me. Parking was a nightmare, the parking lot is tiny and we had to park down the road about a quarter mile and walk, although this is the norm in Waikiki it still took away from the experience. (As a side rant, to the Camaro who took two spaces I hope you got towed and or keyed, way to be a number one douche bag, it's not a Mazerati it's only a Camaro, get over yourself) The grounds to the zoo were very nice, plenty of foliage and gorgeous trees with shade around, a side walk clearly taking you to tall the exhibits, and a few areas with shade to eat either in the grass or on tables. There's also an area with a jungle gym for kids to play on while you rest. It has slides and monkey bars and the regular works. Most of the animal exhibits seemed too hot to move or do anything but hide in the shade and sleep, a lot of the enclosures seemed entirely too small for the animals. So you end up coming away with that "oooooohhh" effect of seeing a wild animal, but at the same time feeling sorry for them for being locked up. Although I do appreciate the zoo and I love taking my son there, I probably wouldn't take him again while we live here unless some new exotic animal was brought in, it just didn't warrant a follow up visit. They have more birds than anything there which makes you feel like you're visiting an aviary and not a zoo.
  • I went to celebrate my birthday, my sister went to hunt Pokémon. Lol. I love the new elephant enclosure! Its large enough for them to wander around and have lots of space! There's even a waterfall for them.
  • It's a decent zoo for the location. It's not very big but the exhibits are well placed so you can spend a good amount of time here. I recommend the "bird cage" for a pleasant experience. Your kids will love it.
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