Zoos in HILO with kids

It’s animal time in Hilo, Hawaii and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Hilo because this The Aloha State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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    (8 miles) Keaau

    Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is located off Hwy. 11 in Hilo on the island of Hawaii It is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. One of the many fun family places to go ...

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  • Hawaii Volcanos

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    (32 miles) Hawaii

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, ...

  • Dolphin Discoveries

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    (58 miles) Kailua Kona

    Have you ever dreamed of swimming eye to eye with a dolphin? So have we! And we hope to make that dream come true for you! We\'ve been on the water with the spinner dolphins in Kona for 15 years and ...

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

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    (2 miles) Hilo

    Since opening, â

  • Pa'ani Ranch and ATV Adventures

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    (11 miles) Keaau

    Hawaiian adventures with ziplines, horseback and ATV tours! Also programs for kids including wagon tours, pond pole fishing, pony rides, & a petting zoo!

  • Parker Ranch

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    (43 miles) Kamuela

    Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii is home of the Hawaiian cowboy: ka aina o ka paniolo. The Parker Ranch story is a road from Hawaiian history to modern day life in Hawaii. Parker Ranch offers ...

  • The Pacific Tsunami Museum

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    Hilo

    The museum features a series of in-house permanent exhibits that interpret the tsunami phenomena, the Pacific Tsunami Warning system, the history of tsunamis in the Pacific Basin, tsunamis of the ...

  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum

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    (18 miles) Laupahoehoe

    The Laupahoehoe Train Museum and visitors\' center opened on March 1, 1998, and celebrates the story of Hawai\'i\'s railroads, as well as the rich history of the Hamakua Coast.

  • Kahua Ranch

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    (43 miles) Kamuela

    Whether you want to explore the countryside on an ATV, or stroll through the pastures on horseback, you will be amazed by the natural beauty from the Kehena Rainforest to the Pohakuloa Desert with ...

  • Pu'uhonua Honaunau Historic Park

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    (57 miles) Captain Cook

    Visit a sacred site in Hawaii that features some of the most significant traditional sites across all of the islands! Historic fun for kids.

  • Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park

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    (61 miles) Kailua Kona

    Along the western coastline of the Island of Hawai'i lies the hot, rugged lava of Kaloko-Honokohau.The reason was, perhaps, a spiritual one.Perhaps you too will experience this spirit on your visit ...

  • Maui Cave Adventures

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    (95 miles) Hana

    A fun family adventure underground in an amazing lavascape. This Hawaiian attraction is year round fun and exciting for all ages!