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Carlsmith Beach Park
#1 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
This is a delightful, easy-to-find park with gorgeous scenery right on the edge of Hilo.
Swim With Turtles: Our Favorite Big Island Beach Park
Akaka Falls State Park
#2 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Although it rained during our visit, the Akaka Falls State Park is still a must see around Hilo! We greatly enjoyed the park and the waterfall view is just amazing.
Fantastic walk through the forest and the falls are amazing!!!! Park for $5 and it includes your entrance fee.
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Liliuokalani Gardens
#3 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Weather permitting, this seaside park and gardens offer a delightful place to stroll amidst tall trees, green grass, and lush flowering shrubs that surround a pond and lovely Japanese-style architectural delights...
Here too the Asian ambiance prevails, as one explores the spacious nature sanctuary, fully enjoying the sweeping panoramic vistas of Hilo Bay and the verdant Hamakua coastline looming to the north.
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Kaumana Caves Park
#4 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Although lava tubes are common on the big island, this one is conveniently located in a little park just a few miles up the road from Hilo Town.
It is the complete opposite of the Thurston lava tube in Volcano National Park.
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Richardson Beach Park
#5 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
we really enjoyed the beauty and diversity of this beach.........interesting ponds and then the coastline is beautiful...lots of sea life all around this park and great picturesque views....but if you expect a san...
The park is lovely, you can wander around the shoreline and if you are lucky you will see green turtles coming up onto the shore to bask.
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Kazumura Cave Tours
#6 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
He imparts so much great information on how lava tubes are made by nature and by the force of lava, gasses, and the natural power of heat, cooling and pressure all applied over many hundreds of years.
This is a very unique nature wonder to visit, and it is very accessible.
Rainbow Falls
#7 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Well in hilo unless you are hiking the volcano national park, the water falls offer you unique experience, the banyan tree spot enclosed within the falls is excellent visually relaxing experience, the falls lookou...
A easy hike; informative billboard on folklore associated with falls; neat restrooms in parking lot; free; fragrant champaka tree in park
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Coconut Island
#8 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Perfect for Everyone and Everything!!... Swimming, Jogging and Walking around the Park Sidewalks, Relaxing in the cool shady breezes, Picnicking all day on the weekends.
A lovely bridge connects the island to the larger park it is part of, and the view of Hilo Bay and the mountain in worth a stroll across.
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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
#9 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
A large selection of animals and cute little "animal" seating throughout the park.
They have added really nice benches all nature themed throughout the walkways.
Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
#10 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
This volcanic park is protected and has lava flows from centuries back, layer upon layer.
The park was gorgeous and peaceful.
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Native Hawaiian Lava
#11 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
We hiked the crater ~ 4 miles, Thurston lava tubes, Kilauea Overlook, Steam vents, sulphur banks, Jagger Museum, visitor centers, viewing area up at VNP. Down near ocean we rented bikes and rode into the park then...
While in Hilo, we had the opportunity to visit the Volcano National Park through a ship tour, but as we sailed away from the island, the captain decided that given the time, he would take the ship as close as poss...
Wailuku River State Park
#12 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
It's a beautiful park, but just remember - despite being walking distance from town and having paved paths, it is a wilderness area.
Sometimes you expect natural wonders like this in the middle of nowhere, but Wailuku River State Park is very close to Hilo.
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Reeds Bay Beach Park
#13 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
The park is just right for family picnic, bbq, fishing, boating, or just laying back and enjoying the sun
Reeds Bay Beach park is right by the ocean on Banyan road in Hilo.
Onekahakaha Beach Park
#14 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
This is a every day walk...right downtown on bay and always beautiful...you can swim, walk, run...paddle board and boat...it has tables and restrooms...Just a beautiful park...great gardens and tress...
If you have young kids and want to take them to the beach to play AND be safe this is a great beach park.
Honoli'i Beach Park
#15 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
The beach is a little hard to find and there are not many places to park, so arrive early.
Pe'epe'e Falls
#16 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Just a short ride up from Rainbow Falls to see a smaller falls without hiking to it.Easy to park and just a short walk to the falls.
Mother Nature is amazing
Boiling Pots
#17 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
A really nice state park.
Pu'u 'O'o Trail
#18 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Keaukaha Beach Park
#19 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Great park
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Nani Mau Gardens
#20 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Leleiwi Park
#21 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Nice park with beautiful views!
A beauty of a park.
Wailoa River State Recreation Area
#22 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
The large gold statue that you see as soon as you drive into the park of of King Kamehameha.
Really nice park along the Wailoa River.
Humuula Trail
#23 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo
Malama-Ki Forest Reserve
#24 of 24 Nature & Parks in Hilo