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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 959 7224
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Ranked #28 of 66 Activities in Hilo
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access

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West Yorkshire
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166 reviews 166 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately, the tiger had died previous to our visit but there was enough to keep us interested. Not a massive zoo and some of the animals were hard to spot but we enjoyed the visit. The shop staff weren't over friendly but we enjoyed the visit and as it is free, no complaints from us.

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Chandler, AZ
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Nice little zoo that is easy to walk in a couple of hours. Staff is very friendly and eager to assist during your visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

To spite reading some less than stellar reviews, we decided to pop in for a visit. There were very few animals to be seen...primarily birds, a few lemurs and monkeys....two pigs and a few peacocks. Good for families with smaller children....not much to see in terms of more traditional zoo animals. The venue is free, so that is a big... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The local municipal authorities and their hard-working volunteers are to be commended for establishing and maintaining this FREE experience. The exhibits are all wheelchair-accessible along well-groomed paved trails. The surroundings are tropical rainforest in nature - this is as much a botanical garden as a zoo. A very pleasant setting indeed! Most of the exhibits are not indigenous - the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Panacea Rain Forest and Zoo, is a nice stop for kids ages 8 and under, as a wonder of animals are still in them, monkeys, birds, giant ant eaters, petting zoo, play ground, awesome ace to take a pack lunch only visitor shop limited snacks, my grand daughter just loved it. Will go again.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you're not familiar with that area, it can be quite dangerous at first because there's a sharp cut off going 45 mph and only one sign at the turn. OverallI, I rate this Zoo to be better that the Honolulu Zoo. For one, I have never seen so many different animals there that are so friendly and cute. All... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This free zoo was a quick stop for us. There are some lush gardens to view, but not a large number of animals. There is a nice playground on site. Might be more appealing to families with young children.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

On our way back from the Volcano I convinced my skeptical party to go to the Panaewa Zoo. I consider this to be one of the best little zoos anywhere. I love plants and this is a rainforest garden. The animals are very accessible. My dad and I are disabled, but we were both able to navigate the parklike grounds.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A great zoo with amazing plant life. A photographers heaven! Lots of different animals to see. A very cute souvenir shop. All the employees are very helpful and love all the animals! There is real Aloha here at da zoo! Highly recommended while in Hilo town...

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San Antonio, Texas
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We love this zoo, both as former Hilo residents and, on this stop, as tourists. Big Island visitors shouldn't expect it to be of the size or diversity of, say, the San Diego Zoo. It's not meant to compete with that, nor does it claim to. It features mostly animals that are at home in the unique climate of the... More 

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