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Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu

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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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  • I have seen so many zoos but this one has something special for its layout overview. I think it's worth seeing.
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  • Do not lose time to go and shoot 14 dollars from input, there is almost no animals, this super neglected do not have, or personal, only there are some birds, even if they announce, there are no hippos, penguins, or cheetah, skinny Tiger who say that I had think because it died , there were no Lion, or Toucan, had as about 10 people sad at all the Zoo all disappointed, don't miss your time, do not go, there is no money refund once you enter.
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  • We visited the Zoo for the first time on this trip, and I was surprised and pleased to see the animals in large open space areas with room for them to walk around freely. Very interesting selection of...  more »
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  • Great little zoo. Plenty of animals to see. The enclosures offer a somewhat unobstructed view.of the animals which is nice. Playground for the children to keep them entertained. Food was reasonable in price and limited in selection..but good to have there for a quick refresher. The large trees and open grassed spaces really add to the feel of the zoo. A must see if in Waikiki.
  • Theres a playground for kids to play and petting area JUST for kids it's all around what makes my kids happy however the staff at the kiosk is just unprofessional I've stood in line for 5 minutes waiting to be serviced there was a person who approached the line after my 5 minute wait(keep in mind I'm still waiting) the worker then greets the person behind me and starts assisting immediately as if I wasn't waiting already... Besides the rude staff at the kiosk everything else made my kids happy... Happy kids happy mommy.
  • The Honolulu zoo is a good place to visit to get away from the busy shopping, crowed food courts and off the beach to enjoy beautiful trees, flowers and wildlife. You need to pay for parking at the machine located in various places in the parking lot (have your license plate number written down you will need it) and it's 1 dollar per hour and you pick how many hours you will park. There is a small food court inside the zoo, plenty of restrooms and sitting areas. There is strollers for rent and wheelchairs, children under 2 are free and senior or local residents discount. This is the only place in Hawaii you will see alive snakes (Hawaii has no snakes). I did a average walk, looked at everything and I was there 2.5 hours. Enjoy the zoo and all it has to offer, very clean and not crowded.
  • This zoo is walking distance from a majority of the hotels in Waikiki making it a good vacation stop that is also supporting educational opportunities for the local kids on this beautiful island. They have nice paved/stroller friendly walking paths. It's not all that big, but still bigger than expected with a variety of interesting animals including the nearly extinct state bird, the Nene. My son especially loved the large tortoises. It was pretty hot, but there were many benches in the shade with a wonderful breeze. They also have a large playground and a snack bar with shave ice and slushies (to cool off) as well as lunch fare. We didn't try the food, but there were plenty of umbrellaed tables. Do something different with a couple hours of your day and visit the zoo.
  • Beautiful grounds. I've been going here for almost 20 years. The animals always seem sedated. Some animals aren't even there, just empty areas. With that being said, the giraffes, elephants and zebras are worth the admission price.

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Most of Honolulu's luxury hotels and oceanfront condos are located in Waikiki, the city's most popular neighborhood. Staying in this area keeps you within walking distance of one of the world's finest beaches, but it also means paying a bundle for your room and board. To avoid high rates and big crowds, consider the budget hotels outside Waikiki's busiest areas. Smaller hotels just a short drive from the city's beaches offer comfortable rooms and good food at a fraction of the price of their Waikiki equivalents.
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