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Kauai is known as “The Garden Isle” for its tropical rainforests, fertile valleys and lush flora. So it’s not surprising to find some of Hawaii’s most beautiful botanical gardens on Kauai. You can find three of the nation’s five National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai: Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden on the South Shore, and Limahuli Garden in Haena. McBryde Garden is home to the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora in the world, while Allerton Garden features amazing landscaping and the giant Moreton Bay Fig Trees made famous in the film Jurassic Park. The 17-acre Limahuli Garden offers endangered native plants, taro-filled agricultural terraces and beautiful views of the North Shore.
Other botanical gardens and plantations include Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Smith’s Tropical Paradise Botanical Garden and the Kauai Coffee Plantation. You can also take a tour of Hanalei’s taro farms to learn about this versatile Hawaiian root starch.
Allerton Garden is home to numerous rare and exotic species of plants. It's also been used as a setting for popular films like Jurassic Park.More
McBryde Garden contains the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian species outside the wild.More
McBryde Garden is a veritable Noah's ark for threatened and endangered plants of the tropics. Located in the verdant Lawa`i Valley. Self-guided tours available daily. Tram into garden. Other tours available.
Visit Hawaii's ONLY remaining Rice Mill (on the National Register of Historic Places), where the past meets the present. Learn about Hawaii's agriculture and cultural history, view endangered native water birds, and explore the cultivation and uses of taro, a traditional Polynesian food source.
Spanning 240 acres, Na 'Aina Kai is a living mosaic of diverse gardens, a hardwood plantation, a moss- and fern-draped canyon, a tranquil meadow and pristine sandy beach. Gracing the gardens and wild areas are more than 200 bronze sculptures.
Anaina Hou Community Park offers a unique Mini Golf surrounded by a Hawaiian Botanical Garden, access to the Wai Koa Loop Trail, the Ahi Lele Fire Show, weekly Farmers' Markets, large playground, and more. AnainaHou.org.
Garden Island Chocolate is the premier gourmet Hawaiian chocolate company. We make organic dark chocolate bars,(85% cacao) chocolate truffles and a hot chocolate drink. We have guided chocolate farm tours and tastings every Mon, Wed, & Friday at 9:30am. The tours are very popular so book in advance.
Built on the footprint of our ancestors, Limahui Garden and Preserve is located on the north shore of the Island of Kauai in one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands. Home to dozens of endangered species in an authentic Hawaiian landscape.