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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 #24 of 65 things to do in Hilo
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Attraction details
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access

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Red Lake, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here twice before and it was excellent. This time it looked a little run down and could use a little brushing so you could actually see the exhibits and some of the description cards need to be replaced as they were torn or sun bleached. Maybe they should start charging a small admission to cover repairs etc. Now the... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It's a free zoo, can't complain about that! There aren't a lot of big animals but there are lots of birds which are pretty cool to look at. There's a petting zoo on Saturdays and a little park which is nice if you have kids.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I know this is very small with old style exhibits. Also very small. But clean very well maintained grounds. Beautiful flora obviously maintained on shoestring budget but very peaceful and quiet setting and free. Donations taken.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

great zoo that is clean and well cared for. Nice paved paths for walking. Friendly staff. Lots of places to sit. Great little gift/snack shop

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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135 reviews 135 reviews
68 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

They had a white tiger which died a couple o years ago and so far are unable to replace him. He was the main attraction without question. The different species of monkeys are there, a sloth, parrots (one supposedly talks), turtles, etc. It has never been crowded when we have been there. I think it is nice for young children... More 

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Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A few animal enclosures were overgrown with foliage so it was almost impossible to see the occupants. If you have some time you could check it out. Play area for children.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I wanted to enjoy this zoo, because it's free and clearly needs community support... but I just couldn't. There are few animals here - primarily birds and monkeys and they just don't have enough space. I'm not a zoo fan. I enjoy conservation and wildlife parks where there is a demonstrable standard of life for the animals and where endangered... More 

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West Yorkshire
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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306 reviews 306 reviews
42 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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