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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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Just off the road to volcano, stop at this zoo which features the animals of the islands, and the rainforest. The grounds are lush and the atmosphere is relaxed. lots of beautiful birds and some very entertaining animals, some running loose. Not a huge place, but worth a side trip

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Mountain View, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Living near the zoo has great advantages. It's a place to take family and friends and it's free! They do accept donations which I highly encourage people to do so we can help feed our precious little critters. It's small, but quaint. And plenty of places around the zoo to picnic lunch. Definitely a day of great fun for those... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We visit the zoo every trip. No entrance fee is required. We make a donation each time we visit. Easily worth five bucks a person.

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Melbourne, Australia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Took our daughter here to kill and hour and ending up there for three! Nice enclosures with an interesting variety of rainforest animals from around the world. I thinks its run at the State government level so given they charge to see Akaka Falls etc I am surprised they don't charge a fee here to help cover the costs of... More

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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

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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204 reviews 204 reviews
60 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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