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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: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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keaau
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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St. John's, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a fairly small zoo but it is free (and this is Hawaii) and they do have some interesting animals and the gardens around the walkways are really well kept. They are currently upgrading a few exhibits as they recently lost their main attraction (Bengal Tiger) but most of the animals were easily seen which is something not always... More

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Wausau, WI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

They are currently in the process of upgrading some of the exhibits so some of the animals we were hoping to see were off the premises. No white tiger, no dokeys, no alligators. Did see active lemurs, some very cool anteaters out for a stroll and numerous very beautiful tropical birds (the toucans were amazing). Overall,for a free zoo this... More

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Southern California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was a fairly small zoo, but fun for our young to pre-teen kids. They enjoyed many birds and several different types of monkeys and other reptiles. We did this in the pouring (and I mean pouring) rain, but still enjoyed it. Consider yourself very lucky if you get to see it in the sun, and bring along a heavy... More

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a small zoo, with mostly birds, plus a few reptiles and mammals, but it's free. It's possible that a trip to this zoo would be less than exciting, but my family and I were fortunate. The two Hyacinth Macaws were very entertaining. They were mimicking my kids, dancing, eating, and generally being a lot of fun. There was... More

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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This a real small zoo and a number of enclosures didn't have animals in it but my kids still enjoyed our short visit here. There were a couple of animals they haven't seen anywhere else. There were some peacocks and chickens also freely walking around the grounds. This can easily be combined with other sight seeing itinerary around Hilo and... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The tiger has died. We didn't know. We asked staff member where to find tiger, and she replied in exasperated manner, "He died!" About that time a peacock walked up. Daughter asked if this was a wild peacock. "What other kind would there be!?!" She replied. "One cared for by the zoo. " we replied. "The peacock can come and... More

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Cheektowaga, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This FREE attraction is easy to get to when you're in Hilo. This is not a zoo in the traditional sense. The beautifully maintained paths and plants add to the appeal. This place is a flower- and plant-lover's dream! What you'll see: Roaming peacocks--yes, roaming peacocks! Small mammals, including anteaters Many species of monkeys Exotic birds Goats and Pigs Reptiles... More

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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

This zoo is completely free so despite reading a few bad reviews we stopped in for a look and it was well worth it. A few exhibits were under construction but for a small zoo there were still many great animals not to mention beautiful plants and greenery. I would highly recommend this place to anyone in the Hilo area... More

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Volcano, Hawaii
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

For locals this is the only zoo on the island. Small kids might like it, but it is not a highlight of the island. Definitely skip it if your time is limited.

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