MUSEUMS and ZOOS in Honolulu, Hawaii
We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids! Here's the rundown for Honolulu:
Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch)
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Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Craft demonstrations run from 9 to 2:30, and hula shows are presented Monday-Friday at 1pm. Museum open daily 9-5; Planetarium shows daily at 11 and 2 (also Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m.) Closed December 25. Admission $$, Phone (808) 847-3511.
Dole Cannery Square, 650 Iwilei Road, near the landmark Pineapple Tower, offers guided tours every 30 minutes. The free Dole/Hilo Hattie bus serves several Waikiki area locations 8:30-3:30. Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 9-5; Closed January 1, and December 25, Admission $, Phone (808) 522-6373.
`Iolani Palace was the home of the last reigning monarchs of Hawai`i. It is located at the corner of King and Richards Streets in Downtown Honolulu. Grand Tours offered Tuesday through Saturday, every 30 minutes from 9:00 to 2:00. Call (808) 522-0832 for reservations.
Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road just north of Paradise Park. Rain gear and walking shoes recommended. Guided 1-1/2 hour tours are available the first Friday of the month at 1, the third Wednesday of the month at 1, and the third Saturday of the month at 10, or by appointment. Monday-Saturday 9-3; Closed holidays. Admission Donations, Phone (808) 988-7378.
Mission Houses Museum is at 553 S. King Street Tuesday-Saturday 9-4, Sunday noon-4; Closed January 1, Easter, Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission $, Phone (808) 531-0481.
Paradise Park, 3737 Manoa Road, Daily 9:30-5, June 1-Labor Day; Monday-Friday 9:30-4, Saturday-Sunday and holidays 9:30-5, rest of year. Closed December 25. Admission $$$$, MC, VI, Phone (808) 988-0200.
Atlantis Submarines, departs from the Alii Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Kalia Rd. Allow 2 hours minimum. Tours depart daily on the hour 7-5, Admission $79; ages 4-12, $38. AE, DS, MC, VI, Phone (808) 973-9811 or (800) 548-6262.
Hawaii IMAX Theatre Waikiki, 325 Seaside between Kuhio and Kalakaua Aves. Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission $$, Phone ahead for titles and show times, (808) 923-4629.
Honolulu Zoo, 151 Kapahula Avenue, Special exhibit Tuesday 9-1 and Saturday-Sunday 10-4, Daily 8:30-4; Closed January 1 and December 25. Admission $, phone (808) 971-7171 or 923-7174.
Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 9-5; Closed Thanksgiving and December 25, Admission $, Phone (808) 923-9741.
Submarine Memorial Park, next to the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 8-5; Closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving and December 25. Last tour begins 30 minutes before closing. Admission $$, Phone (808) 423-1341.
USS Arizona Memorial is reached via H-1 west to Arizona Memorial/Stadium exit, then SR 99 to the visitor center. Allow 2 hours minimum. Visitor center open daily 7:30-5; Closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25. 30-minute presentations and shuttle-boat trips begin daily at 8. The last program leaves at 3. Admission Free, Phone (808) 422-0561 or 422-2771.|
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