Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, Hilo

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Visit Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, a zoo actually located in a rain forest. With only 4.9 hectares (12 acres) of land, it's easy to explore the entire park and meet its inhabitants in a day. Take a walk through the rain forest and gardens, view 80 species of animals and 40 species of plant life, and interact with wildlife at the park's petting zoo. Though the park no longer has its famous white Bengal tiger, it is still home to a number of fascinating creatures, including the endangered nene, the Hawaii state bird. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Hilo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This was a great little zoo, and definitely would be more enjoyable with a family or small kids, but we enjoyed our walk through. Gardens are a bit of a misnomer - there is a Garden Society that keeps...  more »
  • free to get in but I left a donation as it helps with the up keep of the animals and gardens. you can spend a few hours here take a picnic or buy something from the little shop. great animals even a w...  more »
  • Don’t let the ‘free’ part throw you off. This was a nice surprise in a place where everything seems expensive. This was a great little zoo with a surprising variety of animals. The best part was the t...  more »
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  • Parking is free and the entrance fee is by donation with a cool coin drop. A gift shop is located by the entrance with snacks and buggy rentals. The walking paths are nicely maintained with several benches throughout (many in shaded areas). There is a great playground area for younger and older children with bathrooms and picnic tables nearby. There is a nice assortment of animals to see throughout the zoo but as a smaller zoo, there is not a huge range of animals to see. Nonetheless, this is a really great relaxing place for visitors of all ages any day of the week.
  • Small and fun zoo. We happened to visit when it was pouring, but made the trek through the park anyway. The tigers were on patrol and got some great photos. Admission is free, parking is free. Has a small gift shop with knowledgeable staff who were able to direct us to some cheaper food in the area.
  • This place is awesome. The petting zoo is open on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30. It is right next to the playground so the littles can be social afterwards. The staff is always really friendly. Bathrooms are always clean. But best of all, it's free!
  • What an amazing little zoo! Honestly can't believe they don't charge an entry fee! Make sure you leave a donation when you walk in. So well maintained, all the animals homes are lovely and clean. One of the best zoos I've been to. Favourite has to be the Phoenix (golden pheasant)
  • Wonderful little zoo with playground. Admission is donation based. All animals looked well cared for. They close early, so plan accordingly.

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