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Hilo Attractions

They say the best things come in small packages, and this alluring city is no exception to the rule. From outstanding tourist attractions to exciting activities, there are so many fun things to do in Hilo.

If you're ready to hit the streets of Hilo, join a few of the top tours & day trips on offer, and let a friendly expert show you the most popular attractions. Offering free cancellations and no added fees, our top 25 fun activities in Hilo are also worth checking out.

Free Things to Do in Hilo

Touring on a budget in Hilo? Spend time instead of cash on awesome experiences.

Hilo Art Museum - Roam the halls and take in the intriguing exhibits and unique collections at this popular museum.

Wailoa Center - If you're in the mood to get cultured, stop by and enjoy the creative talent on show.

Wailoa River State Recreation Area - Spoil the kids with a good time or be a big kid again yourself — this attraction just oozes fun.

University of Hawaii at Hilo - If you're a fan of modern-style architecture and design, add this landmark to your to-do list.

Rainbow Falls - Shut your eyes and take a deep breath — nothing tops being close to the water for some peace and calm.

East Hawaii Cultural Center - Pull out your guidebook and find out why this place is worth a spot on your must-see list.

St. Joseph Catholic Church - Stop for some quiet reflection and find out a thing or two about this site's religious significance.

Honoli'i Beach Park - Read the latest bestseller or listen to a popular playlist while you're basking in the sun.

Kaumana Caves Park - Get set for vistas that'll leave you in awe at this natural landscape.

Kalakaua Park - Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by spending a little time with Mother Nature.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Hilo on a sunny day?

Enjoy the fine weather (and give your legs a stretch while you're at it) with one or two of these popular outdoor activities:

What to do in Hilo on a rainy day?

If it's raining cats and dogs, these fantastic indoor activities will keep you out of mischief — and nice and dry!:

What is Hilo famous for?

University of Hawaii at Hilo lives up to its reputation as an iconic sight you can't miss.

What should I not miss in Hilo?

Don't head home without checking off the following list of wonderful sights:

  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum
  • Lyman Museum
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center

Are there cheap things to do in Hilo?

If you're vacationing on a shoestring budget, think about adding the following cheap tours and activities to your schedule:

What can you do in Hilo for free?

Your vacation in Hilo needn't blow the budget with free attractions like these to keep you entertained:

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Hilo Farmers Market
  • Hilo Shopping Center