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McBryde Garden

4425 Lawai Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9669
+1 808-742-2623
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Self-guided tour that takes about an hour. It is so peaceful and far less crowded than most of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sara M
via mobile
Huge botanical garden

Plan a minimum of an hour - you have to get on a bus and it takes you to the garden. I suggest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clayton, California
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NTBG’s McBryde Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a scenic coastal route and continue along the valley rim on a former sugarcane train railbed. Visitors disembark on the valley floor to explore this outstanding garden, known for its diverse collection of tropical plants. McBryde, NTBG’s flagship garden, is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian flora, many endangered or having gone extinct in the wild. It is a “botanical ark”, filled with palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“guided tour” (34 reviews)
“native plants” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4425 Lawai Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9669
+1 808-742-2623
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Self-guided tour that takes about an hour. It is so peaceful and far less crowded than most of the other island attractions. Definitely a must-do during a trip of 4 days or more. Best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon....More

Thank Sara M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan a minimum of an hour - you have to get on a bus and it takes you to the garden. I suggest packing a picnic and water/drinks for a 2 hour visit. There is a lot to see. The tour guide for the bus...More

Thank TravelinWillers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nteresting in that this is a garden with a main focus on biodiversity and maintaining plant life for humanity. Self-guided tour yet bus driver to this garden from the main center provides information to the level of understanding needed to walk about and enjoy the...More

Thank Frankie J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first full day in Kauai we visited McBryde Garden & Allerton Garden. Such breathtaking views. It has a spout where water blows up through. Very cool. A must do!

Thank Mery C
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We really enjoyed our time there. The garden is full of scenery you can't find anywhere else. The garden is not at the place you park so there is a short bus ride there. The guide tells about the history and about the different paths....More

1  Thank mecmom11
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

I did the McBryde Garden self-guided tour while on a family vacation and my legs got eaten alive (picture proof). If you decide to visit this overpriced attraction BRING BUG SPRAY.

2  Thank anner0408
Reviewed 23 July 2017

McBryde is very well organized and quite beautiful with an amazing orchid collection as well as beautiful tropical plantings. The spice garden had the most voracious mosquitoes I've seen since Atlantic Canada, so that was a very quick visit. While McBryde was beautiful, it was...More

Thank D_PN
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We visited the McBryde Garden last weekend and really enjoyed our time and self-guided tour. Once we arrived, a very welcoming and friendly guide, his name was Juan, was driving us from the welcome center to the gardens and told wonderful stories. His genuine hospitality,...More

Thank YvesNDenver
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is a beautiful garden and very well maintained. You can take guided tours or self tours. Maps of gardens are well marked. Excellent setting for photos of amazing flowers.

Thank kathy52722
Reviewed 2 July 2017

I chose McBryde over Allerton because it was self-guided and supposed to be less formal. I DID expect lots of flowering plants in a reasonably small area similar what I've experienced in other botanic gardens I've been in around the world. This garden covers a...More

Thank Lori B
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12 June 2017|
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Response from RamblingRoses | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I always do!
28 December 2016|
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Response from NTBGTours | Property representative |
Thank you all! Yes, it is about a 10 minute drive to the South Shore Visitors Center from Poipu Beach. The Visitors Center is located at 4425 Lawai Road right across the street from Spouting Horn. Reservations are... More
Cindy M
2 December 2016|
Response from NTBGTours | Property representative |
Aloha Cindy - We do not have any Rainbow Eucalyptus tress in the McBryde Garden, but we do have a few at the South Shore Visitors Center. They are such a beautiful tree!