Visiting the Honolulu Zoo

Looking to add a fun family activity to your Hawaii itinerary? The Honolulu Zoo is a great choice to ensure the whole family has fun! Before you plan your trip to the zoo, let me share some information to assist you before your visit. 

General Information

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Daily, except Christmas Day.

Keike Zoo (Children’s Zoo) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

**Note: Some animals are periodically taken off exhibit. You can catch this information at the front entrance. Ticket Booth


You may leave and re-enter on the same day. Just show your receipt upon re-entry

Zoo Admission Fees

Adults 13+ $14.00 / General Admission / $8.00 Kama’aina/U.S. Military*

Children 3-12 yrs. $6.00 / General Admission / $4.00 Kama’ana/U.S. Military*

Children 2 & Under FREE

*I.D. Required for Kama’aina/U.S. Military Rates

Birthday Parties, Special Events and Company Parties

The Zoo hosts parties and special events as well! Call this number 1.808.729.1002 or email for details.

Parking and Tansportation

The Zoo parking lot entrance is on Kapahulu Ave and charges $1.00 per hour. The Wakiki Shell parking lot across the street on Monsarrat Ave has free parking.

Tip: Don’t worry about having to come back to your car to feed the meter, do it with your mobile phone. The meter will give instructions. 

If you’re staying in Waikiki, it is an easy walk from various hotels and resorts nearby. If you’re a little bit further, than your options include: TheBus, Biki, Lfyt or Uber.

Not familiarized with Biki? check out my tips to get you started.  With over 100 Biki stations placed throughout Honolulu, its a fun and affordable way to experience Honolulu.


The Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is a 42 acre zoo located in Queen Kapi’olani Park in Honolulu, Hawai’i. It is the only zoo in the United States to be established by grants made by a sovereign monarch, and is built on part of the 300 acres of Queen Kapi’olani Park.

Honolulu Zoo is home to over 220 plus species of animals from the world’s tropical regions. Honestly, I was quite impressed by the size, and how beautifully manicured it was. The landscape of the zoo is really beautiful, with mini walk ways and mini gardens that accompanied your walk through the zoo.

If you’re visiting with children, head to the central area of the zoo. This is where the popular “Keiki” (Childrens’s) Zoo is located. Children can interact with a number of animals, including pot-bellied pigs, tortoises and llamas.

The zoo allows you to bring in your own food and alcohol-free drinks, or you can spend an arm and a leg and eat at their cafe. I recommend you pack a light snack and eat somewhere outside of the zoo. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants nearby and with gorgeous ocean views…why not!

Experience something a little different, check out their Twilight Tours. Just as everyone else is leaving the Zoo, you will be guided by educators on a two hour walking tour to learn about and visit with the Zoo’s most intriguing animals. Watch some animals prepare to sleep, while others are just waking up. Learn about the animals’ biology and behavior, and the role that the Zoo plays in conservation of our endangered species.

Twilight Tour Pricing

Adults 13+ $20.00 / General Admission / $15.00 / Kama’ina

Children 3-12 $15.00 / General Admission / $10.00 / Kama’ina

Ages 2 and under FREETwilight Tours

Hope you found this information useful! Please share and feel free to comment below to share your experience at the Honolulu Zoo!





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