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Allerton Garden, Koloa

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Allerton Garden is a gem in the crown of Hawaii National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Designed by Queen Emma of Hawaii and shaped by time, the garden is shaded by large rainforest plant life and tropical fruit. Flowers, ginger, and palms flourish and fill the area with sweet smells. All this natural beauty is complemented by sculptures, fountains, and manicured lawns inspired by European gardens. Take a self-guided tour through the gardens, and stop at the visitor center for literature and to ask the staff any questions. By using our Koloa day trip website, you can arrange your visit to Allerton Garden and other attractions in Koloa.
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  • The spouse enjoyed these gardens so much the last time we were here, that we visited again. Our guide was Michael and he did a great job of telling the history of the gardens. He also knew every... 
    The spouse enjoyed these gardens so much the last time we were here, that we visited again. Our guide was Michael and he did a great job of telling the history of the gardens. He also knew every...  more »
  • Did the "Best of" tour for 2 1/2 hours. Randy was fantastic! Garden is beautiful. Great way to learn about different gardens, legends and locals. Could have stayed for hours more! 
    Did the "Best of" tour for 2 1/2 hours. Randy was fantastic! Garden is beautiful. Great way to learn about different gardens, legends and locals. Could have stayed for hours more!  more »
  • We added this as one of our last things to do during our 2 weeks in Kauai, and I'm glad we did. It's a beautiful property, and the story of how Allerton got it to this point is pretty interesting... 
    We added this as one of our last things to do during our 2 weeks in Kauai, and I'm glad we did. It's a beautiful property, and the story of how Allerton got it to this point is pretty interesting...  more »
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  • Fantastic tour of the gardens with Guide Ron, who also took multiple photos with my phone. Dancing was up close and personal and very beautiful. Dinner was sort of a box lunch/dinner. The shrimp was good but the rest was less than great.
  • Our family did the “Best of Both Worlds Tour” which is a $60, 2.5 hour, guided tour of both Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden. I would bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and water. Closed toe shoes are required. The guided tour consists of a ~15 minute bus ride to the first destination, which is Allerton Garden. It’s a closed air, traditional bus, with A/C that tries to cool the air. Masks were required when we went. Our tour guide was fantastic, with tons of jokes, anecdotes, history, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed the Allerton Garden tour. The place is absolutely beautiful and has a ton of history behind it. My favorite aspect of it was the art installations (mainly the water based ones but the landscaping was breathtaking as well). After about 1.5 hours, you get back on the tour bus then move to McBryde Garden. The McBryde Garden was nice, but our tour guide didn’t spend much time there (maybe). It’s also less art focused and more focused on endangered species of plants, which was a little less breathtaking to us, but still interesting! If we had to do it again I would just book the Allerton Garden tour. We thoroughly enjoyed that area. It was well worth it. The
  • “Allerton by Fire” was such a intimate, special time. This is a hidden gem. Rather than a luau I opted for something less tourist-y. We board the bus and our guide kept the energy high on the drive to the garden- sharing interesting facts about the plants along the way. Once we started walking, guided us through some interesting statues and outdoor rooms. Once we arrived at the McBryde/Allerton house, we passed through the interior before heading to our tables set outdoors facing the ocean. I am on my honeymoon and they remembered that, set a note up saying our names and some flowers. The meals were good quality and the 2 hula dancers were young ladies that are diligently learning. The young man doing hula and then later fire dancing is practicing his skills and we were impressed with both. This is a real life, real people show. Have reasonable standards. The dessert was yummy popsicles and after the live music/hula/fire show, we were given grass leis. They made us honeymooners feel special in particular. We left feeling wholesome and it was special. We won’t forget it. I will recommend it to anyone I can. Thank you.
  • My husband and I came here for the sunset tour of Allerton Gardens and had a fantastic time. We were in an intimate group of 10 people and really enjoyed Ron, who is easily the best tour guide I’ve ever had for anything, ever. Whatever coffee Ron is drinking (Kauai Coffee Co. maybe?), I need to get my hands on it. He truly has so much charisma that it makes an already cool tour even better. He had fun facts about everything, advice for the island, had the group laughing the entire time and even broke open a coconut for us to eat on the tour. Ron speaks in Hawaiian Pidgin, a slang Hawaiian dialect, which we found made him more endearing. My husband is a huge Jurassic Park nut and loves dinosaurs so we were particularly excited to see the Morton Bay fig trees where they filmed that epic scene in Jurassic park! Ron took some very memorable photos for us at that spot, and has lots of interesting information about the filming of the movie. It is also worth mentioning - he said that on that particular day they were a little short handed, so in addition to giving a spectacular tour, he served us our meals and drove us around. Obviously we can’t speak enough about how much this guy rocks (so much!). Aside from Ron, the gardens are magnificent and breathtaking, offering some wonderful Great Gatsby-esque scenery and photo opportunities. The history of the garden is quite interesting and it felt like we were on a jungle adventure the whole time. One key mistake we made was not bringing bug spray - very important - but thankfully another couple did come prepared and let us use some. Prior to applying it we were being destroyed by mosquitos. Also, there is quite a bit of walking involved on a dirt path so do wear comfortable hiking sandals or sneakers. The food supplied for the evening meal was refreshing and just the right amount. You can get ahi tuna or shrimp and both options rock. Overall, I would recommend this tour for folks of all ages. We learned a ton about plants, pop culture, and Hawaiian history and traditions. We had a great time and will likely return in the future.
  • Allerton Gardens was beautiful and it was interesting to learn about the history of the location and it’s owners. Also, very cool to see where some of the iconic Jurassic Park scenes were filmed. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful with any questions. We did the Allerton by Fire tour…this tour was very pricey. You do not get to see the McBryde Conservation garden or even all the rooms at Allerton with this tour. Bummer! You do however get to see the Allerton house and have dinner and a fire/hula show. We were not impressed by the house so that was kind of a dud. Seems like some of the original beauty was washed away during the last flood/hurricane. Also, if it rains, which it did during our tour, there wasn’t a great backup plan for the show, as it needs to be performed outside. The staff did their best to make it work but perhaps a covered lanai would be a better option for the tropics where it rains intermittently daily. The food was ok, but for the price, I was hoping for something not served out of a lunch pail and cold. But the presentation and attention to detail welcoming guests deserves a gold star. The performers were talented and worked well under the constraints of a rainy night. Beware two things - mosquitos and tardiness. They will leave you if you are not present at departure time sharp. We were in the parking lot two minutes before and they were calling us to ask where we were. The mosquitos are BAD!!! Wear bug repellant and clothing that covers unless you want to get eaten alive. Overall, you go to see the gardens…so take the guided garden tour that’s three hours and see both McBryde and Allerton Garden and skip the evening show.

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