The Honolulu Zoo is a fantastic place to visit for animal lovers and families looking for a fun afternoon adventure. Located in beautiful Waikiki, this zoo offers a chance to explore the diverse and exotic world of wildlife. You’ll encounter a wide range of animals, from graceful giraffes to playful penguins, all in a lush and tropical setting. With its engaging exhibits and interactive experiences, it’s the perfect spot to learn about and connect with creatures from around the globe. So, whether you’re strolling through the lovely gardens or watching the captivating animal shows, the Honolulu Zoo promises a delightful and enriching day out for everyone.
A Day at the zoo
When the kids were little, the zoo was a staple in our house. A visit could soothe the crankiest soul. With annual passes in hand, we visited many, many times over the years.
Not only do they love the animals, but they love to be in charge. They pull out the map and decide which animals to visit and the path to get there. The keiki zoo is always on their list. Inside they can pet goats, pretend to swim with fish, and get up close to cows and horses. And when the tire of animals, there’s always the playground. A giant climbing structure, slides and play area sit at the foot of the loveliest green lawn shaded with rainbow shower and monkeypod trees. That alone is worth a visit.
The face you make when you hear an elephant trumpet.
Micah planning our route to the keiki zoo.
Beyond the Honolulu Zoo – Explore More
Tasty eateries nearby
Barefoot Beach Cafe. You don’t have to go far. Cross the street and walk towards the ocean for tasty eats in the perfect seaside setting.
Leonard’s Malasadas. Does my mouth water every time I drive past the nostalgic neon sign? Yes. Is there a 50/50 chance that I stop for dobash filled malasadas? Yes. And you should too.
Musubi Café Iyasume. Musubis are a Hawaiian staple, ready to bring on your next adventure. The musubis here are consistently delicious and worth the wait.
Marugame Udon. A bit of a walk from the aquarium, and usually a line but if you plan ahead you can enjoy fresh udon (noodles) made from scratch right in front of you and tasty tempura.
Best beaches near the Honolulu Zoo
Your spoiled for choice when it comes to nearby beaches with a full 2 miles of sandy Waikiki coastline to explore. Below are the best options if you want to stay nearby –
Kaimana Beach is a local favorite for swimming and lounging. Find it across from Kapiolani Park.
Sans Souci Beach is another fun option, although the beach has been eroding over the years and there is less sand at high tide.
Even if you don’t plan to jump in yourself, it’s worth walking out onto the groin at Queen’s Beach to take in the views and watch bodyboarders play in the waves.
Other activities to try
You can’t visit Hawaii without at least trying to surf! Sign up for some surf lessons here.