National Tropical Botanical Garden, Poipu

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#6 of 13 in Parks in Poipu
Wander among lush greenery and exotic plants at National Tropical Botanical Garden, set on the former estate of Hawaiian royalty. Explore the garden's array of native plant species, arranged in multiple landscaped sections nestled between the ocean and forested cliffs. Join a guided tour to learn a bit more about the garden's development, the history of the area, and the local flora. Keep in mind that you must book a tour ahead of time either by calling in or via the website. Put National Tropical Botanical Garden on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Poipu day trip app .
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  • The gardens are just west of Poipu. The location was one of many in Kauai that was used in the filming of Jurassic Park. I recommend the guided tour...interesting and informative. If you are into trop...  more »
  • We took the combo Allerton and McBride tours with Serena as our tourguide. She was friendly and informative. She has lived here her entire life and is a descendent back multiple generations, so she kn...  more »
  • We took the Discovery Combination Tour with David Dickinson, who was extremely knowledgeable of everything and a lot of fun to hang with. Our tour included the highlights from both McBryde and Allerto...  more »
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  • Call before you go!!!!! This is the administrative building and it’s 15 minutes to the actual entrance to the gardens!!! The administration mentioned that they hate Google Maps continually directing people here!!! It’s at least 15 minutes to drive down the hill to the actual tour entrance. The reviews clearly state that they were at the tour, but Google maps has been sending many people to the top of the hill, which is the administration office. Apparently the addresses - both administration office and the entrance coordinates are combined in the algorithms of the search engines!!! If there’s any confusion make a call and get clarity before you drive through the neighborhoods to get to the administration office and then have a disappointment of having to drive all the way back down.
  • Beautiful scenery, great staff. Even better than Waimea Canyon, in my opinion. A bug repellent wipe is provided to each guest, but if you have something heavy-duty, bring it; the mosquitos can be quite vicious in some areas of the park.
  • Simply exquisite. Contains the rarest, most diverse variety of botanical plants in the world. Highly recommend the guided combo tour for Allerton and McBride as they both provide unique experiences. Many scenes from Jurassic Park filmed here. Use coupon code "web10" for 10 percent off when reserving online.
  • After visiting the botanical garden on the big island, this was a bit of a disappointment. As another reviewer stated, it simply lacks the wow factor. It very much feels like a work in progress with many planned expansions (snack back.. who cares) and a tropical orchard. Well kept grounds with large open areas, some lacking shade. The bio-diversity trail was the highlight, but felt a tad hokey and contrived. As much as I appreciate what they are doing for the preservation of plant species, I can't recommend this as a place to visit.
  • This address is not the visitors center but the research center, administration and there is a public plant library. defenetly go check this place out if you are interested in plants and agriculture.
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