- Children under two are free
- Kama’aina (local) rate: $8 for adults, $4 for children 3-12
- General Admission: $14 for adults, $6 for children 3-12
IN A NUTSHELL
- Great Location
- Plenty of Parking
- Hands-on Keiki Zoo
- Playground on Location
- Inexpensive membership rates
- Almost None! There are fairly aggressive peacock waiting to take any stray food but as long as your child is not terrified of birds it’s not real issue and actually pretty entertaining and cool to see them up close.
- In spite of the new elephant exhibit, we did not see any while we were there and it ca not be easy for an elephant to hide.
- Bathrooms (including family bathroom)
- Snack/Lunch Vendor (Kapahulu Market)
- Picnic Tables
- Goat Petting Zoo
- Gift Shop
- Wheelchair and Stroller Rentals
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The Keiki Zoo is fantastic for children, especially for little ones that might have trouble focusing on animals far away in their exhibits. Children can go right in the pen with the goats, and crawl through tunnels to see guinea pigs and impressive koi.
The peacocks on the grounds of the Honolulu Zoo are not actually part of the zoo. The land where the Honolulu Zoo resides used to belong to Princess Kaiulani. She had a penchant for peacocks and kept them as pets, and those that nest and wander around the zoo are the descendent’s of the princess’s very own peacocks.
The Honolulu Zoo is a fantastic outing for children of all ages located across from Waikiki beach at the intersection of Kapahulu, Monsarat and Kalakaua avenue on the grounds of the beautiful Kapiolani Park.
While the zoo features the traditional opportunity to view animals from afar, it also features a keiki zoo and a playground for the active child who do not always do well in their strollers for long periods of time. The playground area features two different jungle gyms; a larger one for older children, and smaller one for toddlers, as well as benches and picnic tables an a green grassy area perfect for lunch time.
The zoo also has “Kapahulu Market,” where they sell food, drinks, and snacks. As one might expect, the food is on the expensive side in spite of being your average cafeteria variety. A hot dog is $8, a cheese burger is $10.25 and chicken tenders are $7.75. I would recommend bringing your own lunch, although I think their “keiki sippers” are a good deal (an animal shaped reusable sipper that you can refill for free through-out the day knocking-out both souvenirs and hydration in one)
There is paid parking available right next to the zoo off of Kapahulu avenue, but if you’re willing to venture a block further, there is free parking at the Waikiki Shell parking lot usually available in the case that there are not other events going on, as well as both free and metered parking along the diamond head side of Kalakaua Avenue.
The Keiki Zoo
Most younger children, particularly toddlers, will be completely content to spend their entire zoo trip at the Keiki Zoo and the adjacent playground. Even if you do plan to see the entire zoo, it is the perfect place to begin your zoo trip and allow the keiki to run around out of the strollers and burn off their energy before loading them back in the stroller to see the rest of the animals.
The Keiki Zoo is located behind the Kapahulu Market (lunch area) and the playground. Once inside, even the youngest toddler can get out of the stroller and explore. There is a keiki-sized tunnel through the middle of a tank of koi offering fun views for the kids, as well as a tunnel with hamsters and guinea pigs.
The Keiki Zoo tends to feature more “farm” related animals which is a great learning tool for babies just learning how to speak. My daughter was thrilled to see a “Moooo” at the cow and “Baaa” at the sheep. But the best part of the whole keiki zoo is the Goat Pen, which allows children inside. After seeing so many animals behind bars or gates, it can be especially thrilling to have the opportunity to pet a goat up close. A big hand washing station is available just outside and a favorite of my toddler’s for some reason.
There is also a covered “toy” pavilion located behind the lizard terrarium. Not only is the toy area a great place for the younger set to wind down and play in the shade, but it is perfect for nursing mothers who could use some shade or some entertainment for their other children while they feed baby.
Additionally, their membership is the best deal in town. Although the names of the membership options have changed in the past year (and the price has increased two dollars) it is still one of the only attractions where a membership is totally worth the price. We have the “Flamingo” Membership (now the “Ground Hornbill” Option) which was $38 (now $40) and provides unlimited free admission to the park for me and my daughter’s fathers, and my daughter is free because she’s under three. We only have to visit the park five times in a year for the membership to pay for itself. A “Chimpanzee” Membership is $55 for two adults, and up to four children.
Unlimited admission membership to most of Hawaii’s attractions are well over $100. Given that the zoo is so close to our home (as well as being close to the beaches, parks, and playgrounds) the membership is well worth it. It also alleviates the pressure to see everything in one trip. Most of the time we spend our whole trip in the keiki zoo, and only occasionally venture out to see the other animals, although the Chimpanpanzees, Siamong, and Tigers rarely disappoint.
For a fun evening for older children, check out their Twilight Tours! For more information, check out this video:
For more information, visit the zoo’s website: