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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808 959 7224
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Ranked #17 of 39 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Zoos
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Put this on our list of things to do on the Hilo side of the island since it is very close to town. I admit to being jaded by having seen the Bronx Zoo and living in Philadelphia but there wasn't much to this attraction. BTW apparently the white tiger passed away. It is a very small zoo and did... More

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Bakersfield
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Zoo was interesting with the limited number of exhibits it had. The butterfly house had only one butterfly the day we visited. The real reason we went was to see the white tiger. That exhibit was closed for refurbishing.

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The zoo is a bit out of town, so if you're here from a cruise boat, it probably won't work for you. But, if you have a car, it is a short drive out of Hilo to one of the most pleasant zoos you'll encounter. As I said, it's free (donations accepted on the way out if you feel like... More

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san antonio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Small, but they do a great job with what they have. The gardens and grounds are very pretty. We enjoyed seeing some of the indigenous species and all the peacocks! If you like zoos or gardens, you will enjoy this spot!

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Honolulu
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201 reviews 201 reviews
60 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is not a traditional zoo like most people think of them. But it is worth going to especially with small kids. I get the impression that many of the animals are rescue animals and for that reason they are loved and special. It is obvious walking around the place that this is a labor of love for the "Friends... More

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Orlando, FL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is definately worth a stop if you are looking for something to do while in Hilo. The zoo is free and is a nice outing with some pretty gardens. Stop by the Macaw cage as he is fun to see. My family and I spent a very enjoyable morning here while on vacation.

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Tarrytown, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have driven past the zoo many times, and had heard the gardens were very nice. The main attraction, an albino tiger, died of old age earlier this year. The other animals and bird are in rather unfortunate cages that seem small or dirty or old or all three. The tropical birds are the highlight of the visit, and they're... More

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boston
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Admission is free and so is parking. My family and I came here on a Saturday for their "petting zoo". My son had a blast petting the animals. I enjoyed taking pics of him petting the animals! It would have been nice, though, if the petting area was larger. There were a lot of animals and people crammed into a... More

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This zoo is completely run by volunteers. They also rescue some birds, and some are adopted out if they can find a better situation for the animal. I really liked it. Stop by and give them some dough. They really need it and deserve to be supported.

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keaau
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Been here many times with the family and to kiddie parties. The kids love this place, petting zoo. I like it cause its free; admission and parking! and very relaxing with a decent amount of animals. Enjoy, if your in Hilo visiting it may be worth the time to check it out you can see the whole zoo in about... More

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