What to do in Hilo, HI

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Hilo Attractions

Smaller cities have a vibe you won't find in their larger counterparts. Check out all the fun things to do in Hilo before you head away so you can squeeze the most out of your escape. You'll soon learn that bigger doesn't always mean better!

If you're ready to hit the streets of Hilo, join one of the top tours & day trips on offer, and have an experienced guide show you the most popular landmarks. Offering free cancellations and no added fees, our top {63 fun activities in Hilo fun activities in Hilo} are also worth checking out.

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What to do in Hilo

Free Things to Do in Hilo

Traveling to Hilo on a budget? The following can be experienced for zip.

Hilo Art Museum - No matter your age, this gallery will pique your imagination and capture your attention.

Wailoa Center - If you're eager to discover more of the cultural and artistic side of the region, be sure to stop by.

Wailoa River State Recreation Area - Let the kids play or let the big kid in you run free — this place simply screams fun.

University of Hawaii at Hilo - Architecture expert or not, there's a good chance you'll be wowed by this landmark's modern design.

Rainbow Falls - Simply being near the water is sure to leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

East Hawaii Cultural Center - If you'd love to see some of the more important or unique places in the community, this is a good place to start.

St. Joseph Catholic Church - Stop for some quiet reflection and discover a few things about this site's spiritual importance.

Honoli'i Beach Park - Go for a leisurely stroll by the water and perhaps even dip your toes in.

Kaumana Caves Park - Kick back and let the natural surrounds calm your soul.

Kalakaua Park - Grab your blanket, pack some nibbles and find a shady area to relish nature.

Things to Do in Hilo with Kids

There's fun for all the family wherever you go in Hilo. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can try together that promise to make your escape unforgettable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Hilo on a sunny day?
What to do in Hilo on a rainy day?
If it’s pouring down outside and you’re after something to do, shake off your umbrella and try a Royal Kona Luau at the Royal Kona Resort.
What is Hilo famous for?
University of Hawaii at Hilo is often mentioned in the same breath as Hilo, so be sure to give yourself enough time to visit.
What should I not miss in Hilo?
Put these sights high on your must-do list to make the most of your visit:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Hilo?
What can you do in Hilo for free?
Your escape to Hilo doesn’t have to cost a fortune with free attractions like these on offer:

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

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