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Trip Planner USA  /  Hawaii  /  Island of Hawaii  /  Hilo

Hilo

4.2
Waterfalls · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
America's Wettest City
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes. The town also is home to many urban tourist attractions, notably the island's only general art museum. The walkable downtown is a must-do on most tourist itineraries, as it offers everything from well-supplied stores and farmers' markets to trendy restaurants and small ice cream parlors. Despite its touristy character, Hilo manages to maintain a slow-paced way of life, its "kama'aina" (born-and-raised Hawaiians) always finding time for a drink and a chat. Because it has an international airport, the city is a convenient starting point for any trips to the eastern half of the island. Make the most of your holiday in Hilo by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our United States trip itinerary builder app.
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Popular things to do in Hilo

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Waterfall
Akaka Falls State Park
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Helicopter Tour
Helicopter Tours
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Waterfall
Rainbow Falls
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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World heritage site
Liliuokalani Gardens
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Hilo

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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins Kailua-Kona
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area Puako
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Hiking Trail
Kilauea Iki Trailhead Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Kailua-Kona
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Hilo

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Farmers Market
Hilo Farmers Market
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Observatory
Imiloa Astronomy Center
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Lyman Museum
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Pacific Tsunami Museum
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Hilo

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Aquarium
Mokupapapa Discovery Center
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Zoo
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Richardson Beach Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Carlsmith Beach Park
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Hilo

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Island
Coconut Island
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Cave
Kazumura Cave Tours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Cave
Kaumana Caves Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
State Park
Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Hilo

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Park
Leleiwi Park
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Onekahakaha Beach Park
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Wailoa River State Recreation Area
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Nani Mau Gardens
3.1
Duration: 4 hours

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