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Best experience for kids to see Volcano's, staying in Hilo

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Best experience for kids to see Volcano's, staying in Hilo

Hello,

We land in Hilo on Feb 21st at 6pm and plan to stay in Hilo or Volcano depending on whether folks recommend doing a helicopter tour or walking thru the volcanoes national park. Our kids are 9 & 7 and we want them to have an amazing experience in Hilo before we have to drive to Kona for our last day on the island...any suggestions?

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1. Re: Best experience for kids to see Volcano's, staying in Hilo

I dunno. Ask them if they would rather ride in a helicopter and see things from the air or walk across a crater where the lava was spouting 50 years ago and the path still feels warm...

Edited: 8:20 pm, December 22, 2010
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2. Re: Best experience for kids to see Volcano's, staying in Hilo

Helicopter poor idea as there is no special seating for kids they may get center seat in back no window. good way to spend $200 each for 45 min.

Rather the National Park has an excellent Jr Ranger program and workbook with activites and tasks for their age... and awards for when they complete the book WHICH is FREE By the way there are 3 other national parks where the kids have activites to complete in them to earn even bigger rewared... more than just a Jr Ranger badge but knappsacks and other cool studd

Every day at 10:30 and 1:30 there will be Ranger led walks and talks all over the park on different topics from pertoglyphs to history. also FREE

They also have excellent museum and movies. to envolve kids

Oh, leace the cellphones, gameboys and all those toys at home.... get to know things in the real world..

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