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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 your visit to Honolulu Zoo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Honolulu vacation builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We saw the elephants last which was a nice way to end the walk around the Zoo. Some of the gardens need a refresh and it looks like the reptile enclosure is about to reopen as it wasn't ready when we ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The kids really wanted to go to the zoo, so I took them and was very pleasantly surprised! This is actually a really good zoo! The animal enclosures are small enough that you feel you can get closer t...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    If you visit the Honolulu Zoo, you will see why it has lost its accreditation. An unacceptably high number of exhibits are under construction or are being repaired in "Hawaiian Time." The zoo is big a...  more »
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  • May 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • April 22, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 27, 2017
    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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