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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, Kailua-Kona

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#3 of 11 in Parks in Kailua-Kona
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
See, feed, and even hold seahorses when you tour Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. Different types of seahorses are on display here, including baby seahorses, pregnant males, and leafy and weedy sea dragons. At the interactive tidepool and fish-feeding station, feed and hold seahorses. On your tour, you'll also learn about the technology behind the sustainable aquarium and conservation solutions for oceans and seas around the world. Finish your visit at the shop where you can purchase seahorse-themed gifts. Make Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm part of your personalized Kailua-Kona itinerary using our Kailua-Kona holiday planner.
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  • This was interesting. This "farm" is located in an "industrial ocean-research park." We got to learn about all about seahorses. They are fascinating little creatures. We also got to feed and then hold...  more »
  • It was around 40 bucks per person, but we found the tour super educational, uplifting and rewarding. Seeing these things up close and learning the facts was super interesting(my wife and I both teach ...  more »
  • This was a great experience for kids - we had a tour thru the farm and got to see seahorses that were months old - up to several years old. At the end of the tour you get to hold a seahorse - the kids...  more »
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  • Another amazing experience with our seahorse buddies at Ocean Rider. This was our second time on the tour and enjoyed it as much as the first time. Pretty rare to say you've had a seahorse hold on to your fingers. Guide this time started off as rather rude but was ok by the end. Still highly recommended.
  • We drove out here to have something interesting to do with the other family we were traveling with (they have a 2 year old, we have a 10 year old). We booked tickets the day before just to make sure we could all go on the same tour. This ended up being an interesting trip. The seahorse farm is located in an awkward place (you really feel like you shouldn't be driving back there) but it was easy to find. They don't let younger kids hold the seahorses (I think you had to be 5 or older to hold the seahorse). Most of the tour is spent showing you the tanks they farm seahorses in and explaining the life cycle of a normal seahorse versus these one breed in captivity. It was really interesting for the adults and my son. The exciting part is holding the seahorse which was cool. They also have a tide-pool for younger kids to touch some sea urchins and sea cucumbers and fish in it. They also have a small room with different types of seahorses in aquariums for you to look at. The whole visit took maybe an hour and there wasn't a lot more to do there. They do have bathrooms on site. There was a nice waiting area outside with picnic tables in the shade and water provided. This was something fun to do once (I don't think I would do it again) but it was a great learning experience and very different.
  • The tour was cool, I think its important to remember that they are using the funds and making a big difference in sustaining some very cool creatures. The best part is at the end where the kids get to interact with the seahorses and other life forms.
  • Fun and interesting, but definitely a little pricey. Make sure you have reservations. Also, if you are doing the other "sea creature" tours in the area, you are required to do this one first.
  • Very informative. Seahorses are almost extinct because of people catching them for pets. This place is doing all they can to make sure that stops. Definite must see.

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