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“Good place to stretch your legs” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Good place to stretch your legs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stopped here on a whim on a drive from Hilo to Volcano and spent an hour wandering around the exhibits. I was surprised at the variety of critters, including some I'd never encountered before. I also enjoyed the landscaping and all the signs done with mosaic.

Visited January 2013
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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“Great free/donation spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Have a few hours to blow before your flight out of Hilo? The zoo fill the bill. The variety of displays is very good. The landscape is delightful.
The rodeo in the spring is a hoot. The zoo shares ground with the equestrian park.

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Mad River, California
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“Wow! And Wow again...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This zoo is donation funded and is amazing! The animals are in beautiful enclosures and well taken care of. The volunteer staff are happy, knowledgable and very friendly. Great place to see with the kids, but even just me and my husband enjoyed it immensely!

Visited December 2012
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Anderson, South Carolina
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“Where Else Can You Find a Rainforest Zoo!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We got here late, so we didn't get to see all of it, but we were impressed with how well maintained the gardens and grounds were. It was fun to see the peacocks roaming free and looking gorgeous and we were able to make it to the tiger feeding. Where else can you see a tiger being fed (a whole raw chicken no less), Lots of animals and birds/ducks to see and several we had never seen or heard of. I would go again and I recommend it to everyone -- we were just two adults without kids and enjoyed it. Its is not a huge place, but interesting. It is free, but I would suggest leaving at least a small donation to help their cause. Very close to downtown Hilo with good parking.

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Free but small”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Obviously you don't expect a free zoo to look like the San Diego Zoo, but I as hoping for a little more. The tiger was older and in rough shape because on an injury.

Visited January 2013
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