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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-959-7224
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This small zoo and gardens is free and features a huge play area, great for kids, and quite a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Betty08WhiteRock_BC
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White Rock, Canada
Worth visiting if you are in Hilo area

Free admission, small zoo but has a nice collection of animals. My 11 year old was tired of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Corinna F
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“white tiger” (88 reviews)
“tropical birds” (14 reviews)
“free admission” (14 reviews)
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Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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+1 808-959-7224
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"white tiger"
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"free admission"
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"nice playground"
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"animals seem"
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"accept donations"
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"great for kids"
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"walk around"
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"great place to visit"
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"beautiful flowers"
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Reviewed yesterday

This small zoo and gardens is free and features a huge play area, great for kids, and quite a number of interesting animals on display (giant anteaters, boa constrictor, alligators) but the two Bengal tigers (one with a white coat and one with an orange...More

Thank Betty08WhiteRock_BC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free admission, small zoo but has a nice collection of animals. My 11 year old was tired of the drive from Kona to Hilo so he was happy to visit the zoo and got to see different animals.

Thank Corinna F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I just happened to stumble across this zoo when planning our recent trip to Hawaii. What a great find. They operate on donations and gov't subsidies so admission is free. The zoo is small compared to other zoos but it is beautiful. It doesn't really...More

Thank Oscar S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We live just minutes from this wonderful little zoo and it is a favorite of my grandchild. It's FREE 9although they do accept donations), clean and has a super children's play area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo was a little difficult to find - not marked quite the way we expected as out-of-towners - but both of the roads we thought we might need to take ultimately led to the zoo, so it was fine. The exhibits were lovely, and...More

Thank renaissancegal45
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

This zoo is off the beaten track a bit but well worth seeking out - and they have a white tiger! It's free to get in. It is a little run down - but it's free! Don't forget to leave a donation. We loved the...More

Thank swedensm
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Not a large zoo, but the animals seemed engaged and happy. Admission is free - and it's near enough to Hilo to make it a nice hour or so side trip in the area.

Thank tappindmom
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This is a small zoo but very nice to walk around and enjoy the animals and the beautiful gardens. Well worth making a donation to be able to keep it around to enjoy.

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Reviewed June 25, 2018

This was really a pretty, quite, fun walk thru the zoo and gardens. It is not very big but have some very nice enclosures with a decent amount of various animals. Worth the time to Relax and Enjoy.

Thank rbymail
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Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Visited the zoo and it was a nice visit. The highlight was the playground. The map as easy to follow and some of the cages were empty. White Tiger was cool. Need some upkeep at the zoo itself is old and only thing that looks...More

Thank Ronald R
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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.
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beatdrum
November 2, 2016|
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Response from Renee123 | Reviewed this property |
It's not very big. You can probably see everything in an hour.
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DAWN S
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.
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