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“Do not miss the Tropical Botanical Gardens”

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Papaikou
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Owner description: The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world's tropical plants,and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world's rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Do not miss the Tropical Botanical Gardens”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Another must-do on the Hilo side. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park! The tropical forest/garden was beautiful! I could have spent hours admiring all the different species of fauna and the view of the ocean itself! Give yourself at least 1 - 2 hours to enjoy this place.

Visited May 2014
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Naperville, Illinois
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Worth every penny and breathtaking!!”
Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Plan a little over an hour to take in this spectacular garden. The flora and fauna are amazing, lush and colorful. The views of the ocean are excellent with crashing waves. It is very well maintained. A bit of hiking, hot and humid but highly rewarding!

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Silicon Valley, CA
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“One of the biggest surprises of our trip”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

This garden is the Smithsonian of botanical gardens. Immaculate detail throughout -- you will want 90 minutes minimum here. It is a "wow" experience even if you are not a botanical garden person and is rated as a "not to miss" in Big Island Revealed (which I absolutely agree with).

The garden in addition to its immaculate detail, has a gorgeous waterfall and part of the walk is along the ocean coast.

I am really surprised anyone rates this anything but the top ranking - seriously, this has got to be one of the top 5 botanical gardens in the world. A great way to enjoy this is to see Akaka Falls first (and Umama, but note that it has high entrance fee), have lunch at What's Shakin' and then drive the scenic route a couple miles to the Garden. Makes for a memorable day that you won't forget.

Visited June 2014
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Suwanee, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Nicely laid out self-guided walking tour. Long climb up fairly steep boardwalk on your way out but definitely worth it. Beautiful views and vistas of waterfalls, streams, crashing waves along the coast, and of course lots and lots of blooms, tropical plants and giant ferns and trees. Not too long of a stop and full gardens can be seen relatively quickly, depending on how fast or slow you want to go.

Visited July 2014
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Springfield, Oregon
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“Great gardens; well worth the drive”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

Headed over to the Hilo side to see the Volcano National Park and stopped to visit these gardens in route based on trip advisor rating.........and the rating is deserved. This is the best tropical garden I've seen on any of the islands. Lush and interesting species of plants and the setting was marvelous. Make sure you say 'hi' or 'bye' to the macaws............at least one of them will talk back to you. My fourteen year old son had a great time and I wasn't expecting that at all. Just a great place.

Visited June 2014
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