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Foster Botanical Gardens

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This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.
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50 N Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-3759
Downtown Honolulu
+1 808-522-7060
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had time to kill during our last day before an evening flight, so we visited Foster. What a delightful place, an oasis in a busy city. A short walk from public transportation in Chinatown district. The palm tree grove was impressive, and so many...More

Thank Johnny J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed the tranquility of this garden. I would say it was more of a arboretum than a botanical garden as the emphasis is on the trees. They are amazing and some are quite unique. You do get some traffic noise...More

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s quite small and the road noise is terrible. The orchid house was pretty but that was about it. If you’re particularly interested in botany then it might excite you more but as a nice garden to look at, I’m sure there are better.

Thank NickM5223
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We often visit this treasure plants and flowers right in the city. It is tranquil. The busy city seems far away but is really happening right around the gardens. A stroll here is always calming and perfect eye candy. People look at their cell phones...More

Thank marklaura2015
Reviewed 1 August 2018

The garden is in the midst of downtown and has some tree specimens you won't see anywhere else. Many, many of the specimens are versions of the same palms and palmettos you see around, but there are also some unique flowering bushes and orchids.

Thank 55steve55
Reviewed 30 July 2018

You will experience a wide variety of plant/tree life at this location. Make sure you take the tour so you'll know what you are looking at and can explore in more detail. Don't miss the orchid house.

1  Thank CoastalPicRick
Reviewed 10 July 2018

After all the activities in Honolulu it is a great place to spend a few quiet hours. Be amazed at the size of the tree roots and perfectly set out for relaxing

Thank 233Coraline233
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Spent a lovely couple of hours wandering around in this peaceful oasis in downtown Honolulu. There's a brochure available at the gate for a self-guided tour that takes you to all the beautiful trees in the garden, 25 of which are designated as exceptional on...More

1  Thank irene725
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

What a value! 5.00 an adult and you got more than expected. Could not have asked for more. Beautiful orchids in the hothouse and lots of local specimens. A must do if you love flora and little animals such as geckos and birds.

Thank Holly S
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Foster Botanical Gardens, home to some of the oldest trees on the island traces its beginnings to 1853 when Queen Kalama leased a small plot of land to William Hillebrand, a German physician who was also a botanist. This oasis in the middle of downtown...More

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4 January 2017|
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Response from George L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very small, $5.00
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Response from MLE0904 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely. Although we took the Red Line trolley and could get on and off at many tourist locations.