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Hilo Attractions

There's something rather special about smaller cities. Whether you're on your way to Hilo for a handful of days or you're contemplating staying a bit longer, you'll easily fall in love with this place. In fact, with so many fun things to do and impressive attractions to enjoy, you might never want to go home!

If you're ready to explore Hilo, sign up for a few of the top tours & day trips on offer, and have an experienced guide show you some of the most popular sites. Offering free cancellations and no added fees, our top 79 fun activities in Hilo are also worth a look.

Things to Do in Hilo with Kids

There are lots of sensational experiences in Hilo that the whole gang will love. Here are a few of the top family friendly experiences in the area.

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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If you're spending some time in Keaukaha, Port of Hilo and Hamakua Coast are top sights worth seeing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Hilo on a sunny day?

Make the most of the nice weather (and give your legs a stretch as well) with one or two of these outdoor experiences:

What to do in Hilo on a rainy day?

There's no need to splish and splash your way through a soggy day when there are so many wonderful indoor activities like these to try:

What is Hilo famous for?

Pose for a happy snap at University of Hawaii at Hilo — it's an iconic local attraction.

What should I not miss in Hilo?

If you're eager to experience the best of this place, pencil these attractions into your itinerary:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Hilo?

Live it up without putting a dent in your budget with a Self-Guided Garden & Kamaee Falls Tour or a Honeymoon Lei Greeting at Hilo Airport.

What can you do in Hilo for free?

You'll barely have time to fetch your wallet out of your backpack with so many wonderful free attractions:

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