- TripBuzz found 56 things to do with kids in or near Hilo, Hawaii, including 30 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Pahoa, Hakalau, Volcano and Honomu.
- From Richardson Beach Park to Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, the Hilo area offers 45 different types of family activities, including: Observatories & Planetariums, Beaches, Hiking Trails and Natural History Museums.
- Overlooking Hilo Bay, Hilo, Hawaii is the largest settlement in the county. Known for its breathtaking beaches and it's surrounding volcanoes, Hilo is largely residential with a flourishing tourist population. The city hosts the annual weeklong Merrie Monarch Festival and is home to the famous Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation.
Known for its favorable snorkelling conditions, Richardson Beach Park includes a black sand beach, with several tide pools creating by natural lava sea walls. Surf, kayak, snorkel or swim among coral reef marine life and sea turtles.
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The only tropical rainforest zoo in America, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens covers 12 acres and is home to more than 80 animal species, including a few endangered ones. The gardens have more than 100 varieties of Palm Trees.
When you are on the Big Island, take the time to go where the locals choose to ride the waves, Honoli'i Beach Park. Stretch out in the grassy areas and watch the surfers or hunt for interesting rocks, this is a peaceful, happy beach area or all to enjoy.
Located at the 14 000 ft summit of Mauna Kea, and accessible by vehicle, the Mauna Kea Observatory is the largest astronomical observatory in the world, housing thirteen telescopes operated by astronomers in eleven countries.
Mauna Loa Observatory is a working atmospheric research facility that has been collecting climate related data since 1950. Tours are by appointment and only on selected days, visitors to this remote site will enjoy the stunning views on the drive up the mountain.
The 30 acre Queen Liliuokalani Gardens, named after the last reining Hawaiian queen, is an Edo-style Japanese garden built in the 1900s. The garden contains bridges, Koi ponds, statues, pagodas, rock gardens, stone lanterns and a Japanese tea house.