Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu

Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu (must see)

The Honolulu Zoo has the distinction of being the only zoo in the entire United States to be established with money from a sovereign monarch. It is located on three hundred acres of Kapiolani Park, named for Queen Kapiolani.

The Park was originally established by King David Kalakaua, the Queen's husband. The natural ponds and marshes in the swampy area were cleaned up and beautified, and the park was opened in 1877. In 1914, after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, the City & County of Honolulu named Ben Hollinger as its new Administrator of Parks and Recreation. Now in charge of Kapiolani Park, Hollinger began collecting animals to showcase, including a monkey, lion cubs, and a honey bear. When a steamship arrived in Honolulu Harbor with a live elephant on board, Hollinger begged the City & County of Honolulu to buy the animal for the park. Once the elephant, “Daisy,” was purchased, Honolulu finally had a zoo.

During the Depression, the Zoo began to fall into disrepair as few people were able to afford the luxury of visiting it. In the 1990s, the Honolulu Zoo experienced a resurgence of enthusiasm, when its exhibits were redesigned to more closely mimic their animals' natural habitats. Today, the Honolulu Zoo has over 1,230 animals and sees over 600,000 visitors every year.

Why You Should Visit:
Many cool birds of all different varieties, and the most playful, acrobatic gibbons you'll ever see!
The layout is linear enough that you don't need to constantly check the map, but twisty and windy enough that you feel like you're on an adventure.

Tip:
Best going early in the morning, when it's cooler in the afternoon, or in the cooler months, as the animals like to stay in the shade.
Alternately, if you have a chance, do a night trip when available – it's a very different experience with the nocturnal animals up and about.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-4:30pm

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Honolulu Zoo on Map

Sight Name: Honolulu Zoo
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Create Your Own Walk in Honolulu

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Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

Business District Self-Guided Tour in Honolulu

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Diamond Head Volcano Tour

Diamond Head Volcano Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
The Capitol District Tour in Honolulu

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Hickam Air Force Base Tour

Hickam Air Force Base Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Kai Self-guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 Km or 4.9 Miles

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