Hawaii Travelogue: Visiting Foster Botanical Garden

Get your dose of nature in the heart of Honolulu at the city’s oldest botanical garden.

tall Hawaiian palm trees sway in the breeze

Medically reviewed in July 2021

Updated on March 4, 2022

If you’re visiting Oahu and haven’t been to Foster Botanical Garden, it might be worth the trip. Research shows that time in nature can help to relieve stress and promote positive thinking. But data aside, many of us just feel better when we spend time outdoors.

At 14 acres in size, located in bustling downtown Honolulu, Foster Botanical Garden is noted for his magnificent trees. Many of them have earned status as “Exceptional Trees” for their historic or cultural value, age, or rarity. There's also an outdoor butterfly garden, a palm garden, and a conservatory with a small indoor waterfall.

Many visitors to the garden spend hours enjoying and photographing the colorful plants, flowers, and butterflies. Even after just an hour, you’ll leave feeling more refreshed than when you started.

If you're interested in visiting, Foster Botanical Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Free guided tours take place every morning. Admission is $5 for adults ($3 for Hawaii residents), and it's free for children five and under.

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Foster Botanical Garden. Accessed February 22, 2022.
City & County of Honolulu Parks & Recreation. Foster Botanical Garden. Updated February 1, 2022.

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