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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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Relaxingly beautiful!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Honokaa, Hawaii
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Honokaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A small zoo but the grounds are beautiful and the animals well cared for. And, ITS FREE! There are now two tigers who have a great big enclosure to romp around in.

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Soquel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There have been many new additions to the zoo this year including two tigers, Sriracha and Tzatziki. The zoo is free but donations are welcome. It is a fun detour on the way to Volcano for families. It also has an abundance of plants and gardens to to photograph.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a blast visiting this zoo! Although it is smaller than the average zoo, the exhibits were informative and the animals are very well taken care of here. The staff were helpful and friendly. If you want to see a unique zoo (the only rainforest zoo in the U.S.!) I highly recommend a visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The centerpiece of this zoo is the tiger exhibit with one bengal and one white. They were playing together peacefully.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing rainforest zoo in Hilo Hawaii. This is a free zoo and operates totally off of donations. They have 2 tigers that are really cool to see.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my visit to this little gem as much as my grand-daughter. I haven't been to a zoo for many years but i'm so glad we decided to visit. The natural setting is laid out well with ample rest areas and lots to see for a little zoo. My grand-daughter also enjoyed the little playground. Entry is free! Can... More 

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