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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Beautiful Zoo

I was pleasantly surprised how nice the Zoo was. It was just like visiting a botanical garden as... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Martinez, California
Great little zoo

Very kid friendly and enjoyable for all ages. Amazing variety of animals for a zoo that doesnt... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
St. John's, Canada
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“white tiger”(88 reviews)
“tropical birds”(14 reviews)
“free admission”(15 reviews)
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All reviews white tiger tropical birds free admission interesting animals nice playground animals seem a small gift shop few hours great for kids on display couple of hours walk around great place to visit hilo area worth a stop the big island donation
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very kid friendly and enjoyable for all ages. Amazing variety of animals for a zoo that doesnt charge but does accept donations greatfully. Clean and well kept. An enjoyable visit.

Thank nffox
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a beautiful Zoo. We stop by everytime we go to Hilo--it's free! They have a couple of new tigers and we enjoyed watching the yellow tiger. He walked up to us but then began stalking one of the groundskeepers. It can be hot...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is easy to walk. Nice small areas for sitting, paths for strolling. Nice space accommodations for the animal habitats. Personally I think the tiger wants to eat the donkey- -

Thank TxAriel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so fun! There were many animals and cool children's exhibits to look at (including a climbing structure and fun benches with animals). The park was a small stop for my family, we had a free afternoon while visiting family in Hawaii, but if...More

Thank Maddie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little find, expect to spend about an hour. Great for kiddos. The tigers were gorgeous and well taken care of.

Thank jen g
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small zoo. But you get this amazing Rainforest to walk though and its free! it has a great play are for the kids and picnic area.

Thank txbrowneyes04
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised how nice the Zoo was. It was just like visiting a botanical garden as well as a Zoo. I think it is a hidden gem that does not get enough attention. I went with my adult children and it has been...More

Thank littletraveler410
Reviewed August 28, 2018

We felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. It was a nice surprise since we just stumbled on to it. The tigers were right up close. We really enjoyed it! Entry was a donation!

Thank Teresa G
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We made a day trip to Hilo from Kona, making several stops on the way. When we say the zoo sign we had to make a stop! As we were pulling in to the manicured driveway and grounds we warned our kids (2, 6, and...More

Thank Velazquezs
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a small but very nice zoo. The animals are very well taken care of and cages were big and clean. The zoo is free. A must see if you are in the Hilo area.

Thank Erin O
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Stella T
February 11, 2017|
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Response from oliviasmom2016 | Reviewed this property |
I would bet not because there are peacocks walking around on the property. Better call to check.
November 2, 2016|
Response from Renee123 | Reviewed this property |
It's not very big. You can probably see everything in an hour.
October 30, 2016|
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Response from mchino54 | Reviewed this property |
Aloha - its about a 15 minute drive from the cruise port. You will need a taxi or a rental car. Its near the Macadamia nut factory (farm) as well so you may want to see both while you are out there.