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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 959 7224
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a small but interesting zoo

I seen some animals here from other zoos,but also some animals never before seen like lemurs,the very large rainforest plants were pretty amazing,the noisiest animals were the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
John H
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Hinesville, Georgia, United States
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Hinesville, Georgia, United States
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I seen some animals here from other zoos,but also some animals never before seen like lemurs,the very large rainforest plants were pretty amazing,the noisiest animals were the macaws,murals on the sides of buildings,free admission.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is the one of the best public zoo we have ben to. You can see White Tigers. Peacocks are walking around showing their beautiful tail feathers. Highly recommend.

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Thank MamaSparky
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47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little Zoo with a good variety of attractions and nice setting. Everything was easy to see up close and there's a great kids playground. Entry by donation makes this a cheap activity for kids.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect little zoo and it's free! Interesting animals, fun benches, nice little play area for the kiddos! Perfect for little ones

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Thank therealmeow
Houston, Texas
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a free morning and decided to check out this little zoo. It's a few miles outside of Hilo, it's FREE, and is a great place to take young children. My kids are older teens, but one of them volunteers at a county park (in our hometown) caring for small animals and teaching school aged children about local wildlife.... More 

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Thank Harperfam
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This zoo is perfect for little kids. Not a lot of "big ticket" animals but lots of birds, a petting zoo, and playground. Best of all it is FREE, but please consider giving them a donation. Say hi to "Einstein" the cockatoo. He is very sweet and friendly and likes to show you how he can open and eat sunflower... More 

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Honokaa, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very understated zoo but a must see when traveling with young kids. The zoo is very charming with a variety of animals. They also have a very nice children's play area near the petting zoo which is only open on Saturdays for 1 hour of feeding and animal interaction. Bring your cooler and lunch!

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Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw this on our way back from a tour and decided to pull off and check it out. This was one of the favorites of our trip. It's free, which is incredible. There is such a variety of animals. Definitely recommend.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite zoos in the U.S. Small but well equipped with lots of animals and so beautiful as well as very clean. It's also free although we happily donate so they can keep it going.

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Homer, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

such a beautiful place with wildlife, flowers, and the pond tucked away with lily pods and frogs and you get lost! They now have a pair of white tigers! Dont miss it!

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