Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu/Waikiki, Hawaii
2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu/Waikiki, Hawaii 96815| Map |
Built near a living coral reef on the Waikiki shoreline, the Waikiki Aquarium is home to more than 3,055 organisms of 464 species of marine plants and animals. Founded in 1904, this marine aquarium is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States.
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Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
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Address: 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu/Waikiki, Hawaii 96815| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am - 4:30 pm More Info
Price: Adults (18-64): $9; Seniors (65+) & Students (with student ID): $6; Children (13-17): $4; Children (5-12): $4; Children under 5: Free More Info
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Cute, but rather smallFlag review
I take my daughter to this aquarium about once a year. Although it is rather small, she is extremely happy with it. You can pick up a free recorder that gives a little narrative about each tank after you enter the tank number onto your keypad. Each person may have a recorder so you don't have to stick to a group or huddle to put your ear around it. After the indoor aquarium, there is an outdoor tidepool-like area where a volunteer attendant usually is posted to assistant visitors with holding one of the creatures. Last time, she got to play with a hermit crab which tickled her hand so she was amused. Next, there is a great big lawn for the little ones to exhaust any remaining energy (perfect for nap time after). They can also watch Hawaiian monk seals play and swim (or sleep). Last but not least is a cute little gift shop if you're willing to buy a little souvenir.
Tips for Families
The aquarium is a short walk/drive to the Honolulu zoo. Since the aquarium is rather small, if your little ones are up to it, you can pick up some lunch after the aquarium and head into the zoo. That should be enough in a days fun to tire out the little kiddies!
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I want to give Waikiki Aquarium three stars, but it is R E A L L Y, R E A L L Y small so I'm only giving it two. My 15 month old son and I went there on a Thursday morning and within 30 minutes was able to walk through the entire property. Sleeping seal(s) - boring... jelly fish tank - wow, I guess, but not really... Seemed like he wasn't really interested in the exhibits and I don't blame him since there's not much variety in creatures. I'll admit he enjoyed running around the open grass area and I like that it's right next to the beach, so there's this cool breeze, but not sure it's even worth paying the kamaina rate of $6 per visit. I certainly wouldn't pay the $150 annual membership fee. Perhaps ...
Reading the Yelp reviews, I heard this place was small, but I didn't expect it to be THAT small. The main attraction was the sea lion who didn't do much and I liked the jellyfish tank also. They REALLY need to expand. It's not expensive so I guess it's one of those "go here once in your life so you can say you did" type of places but once you're in, there isn't really much to do. My son loves aquariums so he enjoyed all the tanks but compared to other aquariums I've been to, you can walk around the entire Waikiki Aqu, in 15 minutes, but take your time and breathe in everything it has to offer and you can last about an hour or two, but like I said, it's REEEEEALLLLY small so if you don't like aquariums to beg...