More than 2,000 species of tropical plants thrive in this little-known Eden by the sea. The 40-acre valley garden, nestled between the crashing surf and a thundering waterfall, includes torch gingers (which tower on 12-ft. stalks), a banyan canyon, an orchid garden, a banana grove, a bromeliad hill, an anthurium corner, and a golden bamboo grove, which rattles like a jungle drum in the trade winds. Some endangered Hawaiian specimens, such as the rare Gardenia remyi, flourish in this habitat. The self-guided tour takes about 90 minutes, but you’re welcome to linger. Pick up a loaner umbrella in the visitor center, where you register, so that passing showers don’t curtail your visit. Note: You enter the garden via a 500-foot-long boardwalk that descends along a verdant ravine. Free golf-cart assistance is provided for wheelchair users to reach the wheelchair-accessible path below; for those without wheelchairs but with limited physical ability, the cost to ride the cart there and back is $5.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy (4-Mile Scenic Route), Papaikou
Our Rating Hours Daily 9am–5pm (last entry 4pm) Phone 808/964-5233 Prices $20 adults, $5 children 6–16, free for children 5 and under Web site Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Other From Hilo, take Hwy. 19 north 7 miles to right turn on Scenic Route; visitor center is 2 miles on the left
Map27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy Hawaii (The Big Island)
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