I always thought that the Dole Plantation had an admission fee, so I was surprised to find out it was free. We parked in the large lot and walked into the souvenir shop. Tip: don't go too crazy because many of the items you can find at the local grocery store for cheaper. Some items are exclusive to the plantation. We had to get a Dole Whip of course...a $7 soft serve though...ouch...we wanted to get another one, but it just costs too much for what you get. We enjoyed our soft serve outside and walked around the garden. You can put in some quarters to get some fish food and feed the koi in the pond. If you want to take the kids on the Dole train, there's an additional fee.