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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 #16 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children

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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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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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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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72 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you only want to see big predators, this zoo might not be for you. In fact, Namaste, the zoo's resident white Bengal tiger, had to be euthanized in January of this year due largely to old age (he was 15). But even without your typical lions, tigers, and bears, this zoo has a lot to offer. I actually appreciated... More 

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seattle
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Free but tired gardens and even more tired zoo animals. Not much to see here. Close by to downtown Hilo.

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Honolulu
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If you're looking for elephants and lions, this isn't the zoo for you. If you're looking for a very zen place, beautiful grounds to stroll, and a chance to get up close to view the animals they DO have, then this is the place for you. There is no entrance fee, although they do have a donation box at the... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

As far as zoos go, there are only a few animals but then again, there is no admission fee. I was very disappointed that they did not announce that the white tigers were no longer there. Very nice botanical garden with a nice palm collection.

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St. John's, Antigua
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great zoo with grounds that remind me of a botanical gardens. It has a great playground for children and a petting zoo on Saturdays. Great place to visit for a stroll and a relaxing day. Unfortunately the white Tiger has died but it is still a great spot to visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I didn't expect much out of this Zoo, and ended up being very pleasantly surprised. It's free....which kind of worries me -- how can a Zoo care for animals without significant money? -- but they don't have too many animals, and the zoo itself looks well kept. We especially enjoyed the birds (beautiful parrots!), 3 toed sloth and anteaters. Plus... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is not for a hot and humid day. Otherwise a nice walk and especially the right price (FREE). The premier attraction, white tiger was not present during this visit.

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Oxnard, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a botanical treasure, so enjoy the gorgeous plants (some very valuable) as well as the animals. Zoo is small and has few dangerous beasties so you can get up close to the cages to see animals. Birds like Zoey, an Indigo parrot, are charming. Be sure to sing "somewhere over the rainbow' to parrots near entrance.

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