Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
800 Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
Many zoos can boast an impressive collection of rare and exotic animals, but Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is the only zoo located inside a genuine tropical rainforest—the only rainforest on United States soil. It features a modest but fascinating collection (60 plus species) of rare and beautiful tropical animals plus 40 plus species of plants, trees and flowers. Proud peacocks freely roam the grounds, giving visitors a close up look at their fabulous plumage. However, the zoo’s most famous resident, by far, is Namaste—the magnificent white Bengal tiger. What’s more, admission is free. Hard to beat that!