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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-959-7224
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Great for young kids.

This is not really a zoo, more of a collection of nice animals. It's a beautiful place to take your children to see animals and it's free. Bonus is the fantastic playground and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
oliviasmom2016
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McMinnville, Oregon
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Kihei, Hawaii
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no zoo where we live and so for our kids this was pretty neat. This is a FREE attraction, though please do leave a donation. Keeping in mind that it is free, you can hardly compare it with expensive zoos on the mainland. Nonetheless, it had a good variety of birds, monkeys etc. we particularly liked the two... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at this zoo on a whim and could not believe the little gem that we stumbled on. We are coming back in a few months with our grand kids and this will be on the list, for sure. Being from Seattle near the Woodland Park Zoo, I didnt expect to be wooed, but this is just enough different... More 

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Boise, Idaho, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though the Zoo itself was clean and very pretty, I was disturbed by the way some of the animals were acting. There was a money slamming stuff into the ground and running all over the place. He seemed frustrated. There were many animals that were alone and seemed lonely. One of the ducks was hurt badly and limping, yet we... More 

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McMinnville, Oregon
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is not really a zoo, more of a collection of nice animals. It's a beautiful place to take your children to see animals and it's free. Bonus is the fantastic playground and you can bring in your own food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great Zoo, very clean and well run. White Bengal Tiger was beautiful. No charge for admission can you believe it? Donations are accepted. Well worth your time!

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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo is free, donations are asked for. Went to see White tiger, how amazing and beautiful. Has sibling tiger in same enclosure. Many exhibits, monkeys, alligators, birds. The Zoo is about 5 miles from downtown Hilo.

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Wisconsin
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28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking for something to do while we are in the Hilo area and found this great little zoo. We were very impressed with the animals and layout of the zoo. We also liked the entrance fee which was zero dollars!

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San Diego, California
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102 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I loved this zoo. It's the perfect size to walk around. You can tell that the people working there love it. Even the groundskeepers say hello and give you history of the animals. There are tons of turtles, birds, moneys and two stunning tigers. It's free to get in. We made sure to buy something at the gift shop to... More 

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Ottawa, ON
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247 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This property includes an extensive selection of animals mostly native to Hawaii but also species that have been gifted most notably two tigers one being Siberian. The various animal enclosures are set among beautiful gardens featuring native flowers plants. Entrance is free but a donation is appreciated. There are clean restrooms and a gift shop on the property. This attraction... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This zoo was well rated and a must see in travel books and on here. While it was cool to see a couple of animals that are not at our Zoos in Colorado, it was a huge disappointment. Most of the signs were faded and in poor condition. Animal cages were tiny and not anywhere near their natural environment. It... More 

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