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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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Free admission to this 12 acre Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Can not beat the cost (free) of admission to this 12 acre rain forest zoo and gardens near downtown... read more

Reviewed yesterday
44statesandcounting
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Westchester, NY
Friendly staff, lush vegetation but run down

The vegetation at the park is so lush and inviting, it’s a feast for the eyes. But the cages and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KristinMiles
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Trondheim, Norway
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LOCATION
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"
in 85 reviews
"tropical birds"
in 14 reviews
"interesting animals"
in 12 reviews
"nice playground"
in 8 reviews
"free admission"
in 13 reviews
"animals seem"
in 5 reviews
"donations are accepted"
in 4 reviews
"a small gift shop"
in 10 reviews
"few hours"
in 18 reviews
"burn off some energy"
in 4 reviews
"great for kids"
in 7 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 10 reviews
"walk around"
in 7 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 5 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 8 reviews
"hilo area"
in 10 reviews
"macadamia nut factory"
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Reviewed yesterday

Can not beat the cost (free) of admission to this 12 acre rain forest zoo and gardens near downtown Hilo. 80 animal species on display including two Bengal tigers with a brand new baby, emu pair nesting a batch of eggs and the state bird,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The vegetation at the park is so lush and inviting, it’s a feast for the eyes. But the cages and enclosures are so old, too small and worn down that it’s just sad to see. Quite a few animals are alone and don’t even have...More

Thank KristinMiles
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s located very close to Hilo, Mauna Loa Nut Factory, and Rainbow Falls. For a free zoo, we were impressed of its condition. There’s plenty of free parking and you walk right in. The kids enjoyed interacting with the birds and animals, and didn’t want...More

Thank SatChild
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened to be driving by and saw signs for the zoo. We decided to go check it out. When we arrived I did a quick search on TripAdvisor to see what people thought. After seeing all the positive reviews, we decided to go in....More

Thank Jeanne P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This zoo is a very pleasant attraction. While being free, the animals seems to be well taken care of (especially the birds) and have plenty of space. The gardens are luxurious. The parking is spacious and has picnic tables if needed. There is also a...More

2  Thank Squirrel331
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent over an hour at this zoo (until a rain storm threatened) with our granddaughter during our visit to Hilo. It’s a small zoo with lots of support from friendly volunteers. The landscape design of the zoo is creative---lots of beautiful flowers and plants...More

1  Thank Eileen K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unlike many zoos, this one is both good and free. They have a small collection of very well kept animals. The cages are dated, but the animals all seem to be in good health. We got there on a rainy day early in the morning...More

Thank JohntheLast
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place seems especially fond of palms, I've never seen such variety. This small zoo is very well tended. We thought we'd go for an hour or so, but were there for 3 hours. The tigers were a favorite.

Thank 414gottago
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

I wish we would have had more time but we crammed so much into our 3 day stay on Hilo side- it was either an hour visit or no visit. We speed walked thru the zoo and enjoyed our visit. The animals look well cared...More

Thank CAtravelerCA
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

This zoo has a neat atmosphere since it's located in a rainforest. We enjoy visiting yearly. It has free entry which is nice and it's a nice walk around the grounds. I've been going there since I was a kid so I've seen a lot...More

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Stella T
12 February 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
2 November 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
30 October 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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