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Kauai Gardens & Parks

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: the Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden on the South Shore, and Limahuli Gardens in Haena. McBryde Garden is home to the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora in the world, while Allerton Gardens features amazing landscaping and the giant Moreton Figs made famous in the film “Jurassic Park.” The 17-acre Limahuli Gardens 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.

Featured Garden: Allerton Garden

The roots of a giant Moreton Fig tree

Part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Allerton Garden is home to numerous rare and exotic species of plants. It's also been used a setting for popular films like "Jurassic Park."

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Parks and Gardens around Kauai

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Kauai
Anaina Hou Community Park
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Anaina Hou is a nonprofit gathering place on the North Shore of Kauai. Today, we are pleased to offer Mini Golf & Gardens, a Café and Gift Store, hiking and biking the Wai Koa Loop Trail, two weekly Farmer’s Markets, a Playground and Skate Ramps, Kilauea Night Market, Free Movie Nights and more.

Lawai Stream in McBryde Garden
Kauai
McBryde Garden
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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.

Kauai
Allerton Garden
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Named one of "50 Places of a Lifetime in America" by National Geographic Traveler. Allerton Garden is a botanical garden and landscape architecture masterpiece filled with tropical plants, water features and sculpture and part of the network of National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai.

Steelgrass Farm
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Steelgrass Farm
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Eight-acre Steelgrass Farm – so-called after a nickname for bamboo, a member of the grass family with a mechanical strength that rivals metal — is on Kauai’s East side, above the town of Kapa’a, between Sleeping Giant and Mt. Wai’ale’ale. We grow Chocolate, Vanilla and offer popular farm tours.

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