Allerton Garden is a landscape architecture masterpiece named one of the ’50 Places of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic Traveler.Guided tours of the Allerton Garden are part garden tour, part art exhibit and entirely unique. Visitors are guided through expertly crafted garden rooms that feature exotic plants, sculptures, and water features.Allerton Garden also has a rich history as a Hollywood film location for many notable movies and TV shows. See the towering roots of the famous Moreton Bay fig trees featured in blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean. All Allerton Garden visits begin with a short, scenic bus ride into the valley. Departures daily, every hour, starting at 9:00 am. Duration is approximately 2.5 hours. Last guided tour into Allerton Garden is at 3:00 pm.
RELAX, CONNECT, BE INSPIRED Tour the garden to see towering rainforest trees with tall curving roots that grow near bronze mermaids, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, a cut-flower garden, and tropical fruit trees. Here the focus is on landscape design, but among the plantings are botanically important species of the tropics, including varieties of palms, ki (ti), heliconias, and gingers. Nestled in the stunning Lawai Valley, Allerton Garden as we know it today has a rich history of philanthropy, art, and botanical curiosity that begins with Robert Allerton.Robert was an aspiring artist, a philanthropist, and “the richest bachelor in Chicago,” but it wasn’t until he became an amateur landscape architect that he discovered his life’s purpose – to become a patron of the arts. In 1938 Robert purchased 83 acres of the valley with his lifetime companion and adopted son John Gregg, and created his garden paradise. Together they transformed the grounds to become a living museum of curated plant collections, priceless art, and water features.Tour Length: 2.5 hours. All our visits begin at our South Shore Visitors Center across from Spouting Horn Located at 4425 Lawaʻi Road in Koloa, (across the street from Spouting Horn) the South Shore Visitors Center is the gateway to McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden. All tours begin and end at the South Shore Visitors Center where parking, ticketing, and gift shop are located. Get directions to the Visitors Center or use GPS coordinates +21 53′ 8.67″, -159 29′ 33.04″ in your navigation device. Arrival and Check In Parking and check in for all McBryde and Allerton Garden tours is available at the South Shore Visitor Center located at 4425 Lawai Road, Po`ipu, HI. Each tour includes a narrated, 15-minute shuttle ride to and from the gardens along the dramatic coastline of the South Shore. What to Bring Allerton guided tours are an outdoor experience and weather can be unpredictable on Kauaʻi. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and terrain. Please bring the following items with you: Comfortable walking shoes Rain protection Sun protection Water bottle Insect repellant Water bottle filling stations and concessions are available at the South Shore Visitors Center and Food for Thought tram stop in McBryde Garden. Garden Closures Weather or emergency-related closure of the gardens will be posted with as much advance notice as possible on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Registered visitors will also receive an email, text message, or call. Cancellation Policy 24-hour cancellation required for full refund, 72 hours for groups of 5 or more.